Kirk Herbstreit on Georgia's 'biggest challenge' against LSU
Kirk Herbstreit and College GameDay are in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
The No. 2 LSU Tigers take on the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs in a heavyweight clash with conference championship and Playoff implications. It’s simple — win and you’re in!
Underdog Georgia could throw a wrench in everyone’s Playoff hopes with an upset win over LSU. In that case, both SEC teams would likely get in the Playoff, as the top four likely wouldn’t change. A loss for Georgia puts it out of Playoff contention, and thanks to Utah’s loss Friday night, focus then turns to the Big 12 Championship winner between Oklahoma and Baylor.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit joined SportsCenter Saturday morning and laid out the Bulldogs’ biggest challenge against LSU.
“They’re going to have this dome of about 70 percent of Georgia fans,” Herbstreit said. “They’re being told, ‘How do you stop Joe Burrow.’ They’re going to show up in a bad mood and with a chip on their shoulder.
“So, that’s at least a starting point to kind of come out and prove everybody wrong that Georgia can in fact beat LSU. That’s the mindset of the Georgia team. Now, you got to go out and do it for 60 minutes and this is their biggest challenge … they’re going to have to affect the quarterback and the rhythm of Joe Burrow. Joe Burrow is playing in an offense that he’s in command of. He finds open receivers. He’s got a great back. He just has a balanced attack and nobody’s been able to slow them down.
“Georgia wants to take on that challenge today, and we’ll see if they’re up to it.”
The Bulldogs defense will keep them in the game, but affecting Burrow will be a must if UGA can actually pull off the upset. Jake Fromm will also have to hit some big plays down the field in the passing game, too.
The Bulldogs and Tigers kickoff from Atlanta in the SEC Championship Game at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.