Playing a ranked team on the road in the SEC is no easy task.
Although LSU is coming off a loss to Florida, they are no Tennessee or Vanderbilt. This team is a team with its season on the line and a hostile crowd ready to defend its home turf, but Kirby Smart believes Georgia is prepared.
“Every time you go on the road you have crowd noise you have to prepare for,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “If you belabor the point and talk about it, they may start believing all of it. At the end of the day, loud is loud. It only gets so loud till you can’t hear anything. You cannot hear anything in that stadium. You can’t hear anything in a lot of SEC stadiums, so it is what it is. We have to go out and execute. We know that will be a factor. We know it makes it hard on the offensive line. Those are all factors. We practice with noise. We do it all summer. We try to make ourselves comfortable being uncomfortable. We can’t let it be a distraction for us.”
Besides staying mentally sharp, its essential Georgia starts fast because LSU is the first team the Bulldogs will play that can match its physicality.
“We practice physical here,” Smart said. “We’ve got pads, we’ve got players too. South Carolina was a physical game, Missouri was a physical game, Tennessee was a physical game. SEC is a physical league. So, I’m not discounting or discrediting LSU at all – they have a really physical, big football team. We’re going to find out a lot about our team.”
If Georgia matches the Tigers physicality and maintains its composure keeping the crowd out of the game they’ll be headed back to Athens with the win.