Murray vs. Mettenberger: A Way Too Early Look at Georgia vs. LSU
This is the fourth in a series of way, way, way too early previews of Georgia’s games in 2013.
- For a Premature Prognostication of Georgia’s trip to Clemson on August 31st, click here.
- For a Preview of Georgia vs. South Carolina, click here.
- For a look at North Texas, click here.
Georgia vs. LSU
Georgia follows up a home game with North Texas (not Texas) with another brutal matchup brought to you by the Louisiana State Tigers on September 28th.
I don’t really know how good the LSU Tigers were in 2012. I thought I had them pegged at the season’s midpoint – they were a bipolar squad (ala Georgia) that could play with the best or the worst on any given day. They pushed Alabama to the brink before falling short 21-17. But, they beat Auburn by the abysmal score of 12-10.
But, they closed out the season with three less-than impressive games:
- While playing at home, LSU needed a 21 point fourth quarter to edge the Ole Miss Rebels (3-5 in the SEC, 13-0 in recruiting) by a final score of 41-35. LSU scored with 15 seconds left to play.
- Arkansas (2-6 in the SEC) ran out of time 18 yards away from the endzone as LSU clung to a 20-13 victory.
- In the Chick-fil-A Bowl (granted, Bowls carry little weight for me), the Clemson Tigers score 12 unanswered fourth quarter points on the LSU Tigers as the ACC steals the game 25-24.
But then again, LSU beat both South Carolina and Texas A&M.
My gut tells me that LSU’s offense struggles (against just about everybody) and that a young Georgia defense playing in its fourth overall game and third game against a top-15 opponent will be able to hold its own. My gut says that the loss of two running backs (Spencer Ware and Michael Ford) and four offensive linemen to the NFL Draft is going to put a lot of pressure on Zach Mettenberger.
And, my gut tells me that Georgia’s seasoned offense is going to take advantage of a defense that is missing eight starters from 2012.
Upon Further Review:
This game is going to come down to Zach Mettenberger’s ability to “take the next step.” It may be that simple. The whole Murray vs. Mettenberger storyling is already making me nauseous. I’m tired of hearing about it.
Of Georgia’s “Big Three” early games, I find this to be the most winnable.
That’s all I got/