Georgia thinks it’s ready for LSU
Baton Rouge, La. — LSU running back Nick Brossette said he’s been looking forward to playing Georgia “for a long time now,” and would search the internet for a telecast of the last time the Bulldogs played in Tiger Stadium.
The video from 2008 shows a Georgia squad that featured Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green and Knowshon Moreno — and which hardly looked intimidated by the environment in Death Valley while posting 52 points in a twotouchdown victory.
A decade later, the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) return with a No. 2 ranking, an unblemished record and a roster full of productive players who, on one hand, expect their toughest challenge of the season so far, and on the other, sound very confident they’ll handle it — even though none of the teams they’ve played so far are currently ranked.
“We’ve been tested,” Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta said. “We believe that some of the best competition we’re going to play is in practice.”
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is threatening to eclipse former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch’s 1998 SEC single season completion percentage record of 72.3. The Bulldogs have a host of productive running backs who’ve combined to average 245 yards rushing per game. And Georgia’s defense is among the stingiest in the nation, allowing 13 points per game.
“We just have to be Georgia football,” receiver Terry Goodwin said. “We haven’t played our best yet.”
Maybe not, but the Bulldogs have bulldozed their competition so far. Their slimmest victory margin has been by two touchdowns at Missouri .
Odds makers have listed Georgia as slightly more than a touchdown favorite at No. 13 LSU (5-1, 2-1), which was ranked fifth before tumbling down the AP Top 25 after its first loss of the season at Florida last weekend.
“Our team is fired up for an opportunity to play in an awesome place to play,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who coached the secondary at LSU under Nick Saban in 2004.
Buckeyes hit the ground
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been lighting up the scoreboard with touchdown passes. Next up is Minnesota, and the No. 3 Buckeyes will try to get their running game back on track.
Star tailbacks J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for just 3.2 yards per carry in the last two games.
The focus will involve more push from the offensive line when the Buckeyes host the Gophers (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) today.
Short-yardage situations have triggered some stress on the Ohio State sideline.
Haskins leads the nation with 25 touchdown passes and is on track to break school records this season. He’s also a drop-back guy and less likely to grind it out in short-yardage situations for the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0).
“Third-and-1 is tough right now,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said.
Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta says Georgia faces some of its toughest competition in practice.