Breaking down the Bulldogs

Georgia will be looking for its 10th consecutive road victory under head coach Mark Richt when the Bulldogs visit Tiger Stadium on Saturday. <br><br> The defending SEC champions enter the game ranked 7th in the country while the homestanding Tigers are rated the 11th best team in the land. <br><br> Here is an inside look at the key matchups for Saturday's game, which will be broadcast on CBS at 2:30 p.m.

Key "Head to Head" Matchups

 

Georgia quarterback David Greene was a first

team all-SEC pick last year. (UGA SID)

 

Georgia QB David Greene vs. LSU DT Chad Lavalais

Georgia quarterback David Greene is stating his case as the best quarterback in the SEC. However, with an inexperienced offensive line in front of him, how will the first team, all-SEC quarterback handle the pressure when LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais is in his grill all night. No one has been able to block the Tiger senior and look for Greene to meet up with the Marksville native on several occasions

 

LSU senior punter Donnie Jones ranks among the

best in the nation. (LSU SID)

 

Georgia K Billy Bennett vs. LSU P Donnie Jones

In what would be the biggest battle of specialist in the SEC, who is the best in the league? Bennett is widely regarded as the SEC's top kicker being named a first team all-SEC pick last year over LSU's John Corbello. Bennett has missed just one field goal this year and is perfect on extra points. Jones, on the other hand, is by far the SEC's best punter and will keep the Bulldogs pinned deep as he can control the battle of field position.

 

 

 

Sizing up the Tigers vs. the Bulldogs

 

LSU sophomore running back Joseph Addai is looking

for his first 100-yard rushing performance of the year.

(LSU SID)

 

LSU rushing offense vs. Georgia rushing defense

With a veteran defensive line in place, the Bulldogs front four could dictate if the LSU rushing game will be effective. The Tigers offensive front has been far from spectacular and has produced far below their advanced billing. LSU running back Joseph Addai put the ball on the ground last week and who knows if the pint-sized Shyrone Carey can take a pounding from an SEC defense.

Advantage: Georgia

 

LSU junior quarterback Matt Mauck had the best game

of his career last week against Western Illinois. (LSU SID)

 

LSU passing offense vs. Georgia passing defense

After watching Matt Mauck complete 23-of-33 passes against Western Illinois, it appears the Tigers have re-instated the passing game into its offense. It was the first 300-yard performance by an LSU quarterback since the days of Rohan Davey. If the Tiger O-line can protect Mauck at all and the running backs can pick up a couple of blitzes, Mauck can be effective. The Dawgs have a talented secondary, but are young at safety.

Advantage: LSU

 

LSU junior defensive end Marcus Spears will be called

on to seal the ends containing Georgia's rushing attack.

(LSU SID)

 

Georgia rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense

The Tigers have been excellent at stopping the run in its first three games giving up just 54 yards per game against its first three opponents. Georgia is going to try and balance out its offense with the run and pass, but an offensive line that has a collective three games under its belt will have some problems with a physical LSU front seven.

Advantage: LSU

 

Georgia passing offense vs. LSU passing defense

Georgia quarterback David Greene is one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC. Although his numbers have not been earth shattering in the first three games, Greene brings his "A" game every week and will use a system of bootlegs and quarterbacks waggles to pick apart a defense. The LSU secondary has played fairly well and has racked up a number of interceptions, but need Randall Gay back in the lineup. Western Illinois broke open a big passing play and Arizona dropped two sure TD passes when receivers got free. That can't happen for LSU to be successful.

Advantage: Georgia

 

Junior Shyrone Carey has served a valuable asset

for LSU on punt returns. (LSU SID)

 

LSU special teams vs. Arizona special teams:

LSU's special teams were far from spectacular in the win over Western Illinois. Although Donnie Jones is the league's best punter and Shyrone Carey could be one of the top kick returners in the nation by year's end, the lack of a consistent kicker may haunt LSU before the years over. Billy Bennett is an excellent kicker for the Bulldogs. A couple of blocked kicks last week for LSU makes this an even battle.

Advantage: Push

 

Intangibles:

Georgia is the defending SEC and with that comes a big bulls eye on your back, just ask LSU one year ago. However, Georgia has already faced a pair of formidable opponents in South Carolina and Clemson and may be more seasoned than the Tigers. Also, the fact the game will be played in the day does not loom well for LSU. Although many people dismiss the day-game jinx for the Tigers, the record indicates LSU plays better at night.

Advantage: Georgia

 

Prediction:

To win championships, especially in the SEC, you have to be able to control the line of scrimmage. While LSU's offensive line has been under whelming so far, the Tigers' defensive front has been effective enough to dictate the tempo of the game. Georgia has an excellent quarterback and a superb rusher off the end in David Pollack, but the Tigers have far too many weapons on offense with a capable quarterback at the helm to get them the ball. What the Bulldogs lack on the offensive front could be their undoing. Plus, Georgia is riding a lengthy winning streak, which always come to an end at some time or another. Why not now?

LSU 28, Georgia 23

 

 

 

Player to Watch

 

Georgia defensive end David Pollack was the SEC Defensive

Player of the Year in 2003 after setting the league record in sacks.

(UGA SID)

 

David Pollack

Defensive End

6-3, 278

Junior

Shiloh High School

Snellville, Ga.

 

Why is important to stop him:

LSU quarterback Matt Mauck has taken far too many hits in the first three games. If ULM, Western Illinois and Arizona can put a hat on LSU's quarterback, surely the SEC Defensive Player of the Year David Pollack can. For the record, an SEC record 14 sacks a year ago says it all.

 

LSU offensive linemen Rodney Reed (60) and Stephen

Peterman (72) will be called on to try and contain Pollack.

(LSU SID)

 

Who has to stop him:

Being lined up at right defensive end, that means left tackle Andrew Whitworth gets the nod to line up against Pollack. At 6-7, 320, Whitworth is up to the challenge, but look for Georgia to possibly shift some things where Pollack pairs up with the smaller Rodney Reed. The running backs will have to play a bigger role in trying to help take some of the pressure off Mauck by picking up blitzes.

 

- Matt Deville


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