LSU running game vs. Georgia front seven
Georgia made huge strides in stopping the run last week, but the opponent was North Texas.
A truer test of the Bulldogs’ ability to clog the running lanes will come against LSU, which averages 221 rushing yards a game with a physical style that can wear teams down.
“It’s a little bit different, but it’s still playing with pad level, getting your hands on guys, setting the edge on the formation,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “It’s still taking good angles to the ball. When you get there, finish on the ball, tackle the guy.”
LSU’s Jeremy Hill is coming off a career-best 184 yards and three touchdowns rushing against Auburn. Terrence McGee (219 yards this season) and Alfred Blue (177) are also in the stable of backs.
“They like to pound it,” Georgia inside linebacker Ramik Wilson said. “We know what we’ve got to do, just follow our gameplan and everything will be all right.”
Can Georgia slow down LSU’s rushing attack without having to overly rely on safeties in run support?
“I feel like if we can control the rushing game, we’ll be able to contain their whole offense for the most part,” said Georgia safety/nickel back Josh Harvey-Clemons.
LSU rushed for 207 yards in its 42-10 SEC title game win in 2011, the last meeting between the teams.
“I remember that game clearly,” said Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson, who played special teams in that game. “They just kept running and running. We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to stop the run. …We’ve got a good front seven so I think we’ll be all right.”
LSU is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Georgia gave up 226 rushing yards to South Carolina and 197 to Clemson.
“If they have their way running the ball, it’s going to be very difficult to stop anything,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said on the radio. “We’ve got to try to do our best to at least slow that thing down.”