Kirk Herbstreit reveals his pick for SEC heavyweight match between Georgia, LSU
Who wins the big game from the Southeastern Conference this weekend, Georgia or LSU? Kirk Herbstreit is ready to reveal his pick.
The Bulldogs will travel to Baton Rouge ranked as the nation’s No. 2 team after racking up a perfect 6-0 start to the season, which features a 4-0 league mark. The Tigers are coming off their first defeat of the season at Florida but still feature a 5-1 overall record and a 2-1 conference mark.
LSU will have its back against the wall for this game, something Herbstreit mentions before revealing his pick for the game on his latest Herbstreit & Fitzsimmons ESPN podcast. While the long-time College GameDay host is taking that into consideration, he doesn’t believe that will be enough to win the game for the Tigers this weekend against such a quality opponent in Georgia.
“This is where we find out about Georgia,” Herbstreit said on his latest podcast. “They are up there at No. 2 in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, but really, we don’t really — they went to South Carolina and just blew South Carolina out; but South Carolina has turned out to be not quite the team that maybe people thought, at least at this point of the year and so what an opportunity for Jake Fromm.”
LSU has not lost a home game since Sept. 30 of the 2017 season, which was the infamous Troy loss, and hasn’t lost a conference game at home since Nov. 19 of the 2016 season, which was a loss to Florida. Herbstreit acknowledged the tough atmosphere the Bulldogs will be walking into but believes the team’s experience from last season will serve them well playing in such a hostile environment.
“What an opportunity for this Georgia defense, to go in against LSU, who is going to be very upset after losing to Florida. They are back home, kinda backed into a corner. Their fans are going to be all hands on deck. It’s going to be electric and as tough of an environment that Georgia will see all year,” Herbstreit continued. “I think Jake Fromm, this is a game where all that playing experience, they kinda won despite him, it was more the defense and the running game and he just kinda threw incompletions and handed it off. As it got to the fourth game and the fifth game and the sixth game, they kinda grew around him and by the time they got into the SEC Championship and into the Playoff, it became a different Georgia team.
“Well, all that experience now, in this week, has to pay off for him. He’s got some stallions at wide receiver and of course in the backfield. I think Georgia goes in there and wins, even though that’s tough to do because I think they have answers. I think they can run, I think they can throw, and I think they can make some plays with one-on-one matchups on the permitter and I think that will be the difference in the game.”
The GameDay host also seems to have reservations about LSU’s offense and Joe Burrow’s ability to lead the Tigers to big wins.
“Fromm is going to get some throws off, they are going to have one or two explosive plays that ultimately will be the difference because LSU, let’s face it, their offense still trying to kinda get it going,” he continued. “I think Georgia will load up against that running back and get LSU in third in long and take Joe Burrow down and crank up some pressure and Kirby is good at getting exotic and being creative and getting chaos for the offense line. I think Georgia goes in there and wins.”
So there you have it, Herbie is picking Georgia to roll into Baton Rouge and come away with the most impressive win of the season for Kirby Smart’s team.