1 – Win the Run Game:
This is an absolute must for Georgia. The Bulldogs must have success running the football against the Tigers for a multitude of reasons – including scoring, first downs and keeping the LSU offense off the field. Just as important is the Georgia run defense. It has shined against numerous Southeastern Conference opponents, including Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M. If LSU can effectively run, that makes quarterback Joe Burrow even more dangerous.
2 – Bother Burrow:
The likely Heisman Trophy winner has had a season for the ages. A transfer from Ohio State, Burrow had an excellent game against Georgia last season in Baton Rouge and kept getting better and better. But no one could have had any idea he would have a season to put him into the category of Archie Manning, Danny Wuerrfel, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton. His numbers are staggering. Georgia must, must find a way to make this sensational signal caller uncomfortable.
3 – DBs vs. WRs:
The Bulldogs secondary has had a fine season but hasn’t faced a collection of wide receivers like the Tigers electric group of pass-catchers. Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson are at the top of the list. They have great hands and can really go. Georgia’s defensive backs will have to be at their very best for the Bulldogs to come out on top. Any little slip-up and these slick speedsters make a defense pay. Coverage, physicality, tackling and making plays on the ball, the Dogs defensive backs will have to do it all.
4 – Kicking Game:
This is another no-brainer. Rodrigo Blankenship, Jake Camarda, the return and coverage game, Georgia will need it all. Last season, Georgia went to the SEC Championship Game with a perceived decided advantage on special teams. In the end, it was the kicking game that was the Bulldogs undoing. With LSU’s explosiveness, Georgia can’t afford to lose this element of the game. To win the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs have to win the kicking game.
5 – Cash In:
Both teams have played extremely difficult schedules this season, and the Tigers will certainly be the Bulldogs’ toughest foe yet. In three of Georgia’s last four SEC games, the Dogs led by double digits in the second half and had to hang on. If Georgia has the shot to get a touchdown in the red zone, it’s a must to cash in. If there’s a loose ball, the Dogs need it. If there’s a chance for an interception, Georgia needs the pick. The margin for error against this juggernaut is minimal. The Bulldogs must take the fight to these Tigers and capitalize.