Series History: LSU leads Georgia 15-12-1. Last meeting: 2009, 20-13 LSU.
Scouting The Offense: The running game continues to pound teams with three and four different halfbacks. Jordan Jefferson has entrenched as the No. 1 QB after three consecutive starts, and he adds another effective runner to the mix.
Scouting The Defense: LSU has not allowed more than one offensive touchdown to any of its eight SEC opponents. The Tigers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher, consistently pressure the passer, and average more than two takeaways per game.
Quote To Note: “We’ve got to stay humble because it’s not over yet. We still haven’t got what we want. We can be 13-0 and still lose our last game.”—LSU S Brandon Taylor on the Tigers’ 12-0 regular season.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
This Week: LSU vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Dec. 3—The winner claims the SEC title and an automatic berth into a BCS bowl. If the Tigers win, that game will be the BCS Championship, and they could still wind up there even if they lose. A Bulldogs victory would almost certainly put them in the Sugar Bowl.
Keys To The Game: Pound the ball at the defense in the running game, use play action to get the ball to Rueben Randle, and win the turnover and special teams battles.
Players To Watch:
RB Kenny Hilliard—The freshman is taking on a more prominent role late in the season. He had season-highs of 19 carries and 102 rushing yards in the 41-17 victory against Arkansas last week. Hilliard has six rushing touchdowns in just 49 carries this season.
WR Rueben Randle—The junior is coming off a game in which he had
career-highs of nine catches and 134 yards. He’s averaging 18.5 yards per catch and has scored eight touchdowns.
CB Morris Claiborne—The junior has a team-leading five interceptions and also five pass breakups.
DE Barkevious Mingo—The sophomore is tied for the team lead with eight sacks, which have resulted in losses of 60 yards.
• S Eric Reid (thigh) is questionable.