All set and the champion will be crowned Saturday in Atlanta, where No. 1 Georgia takes on No. 14 LSU in the 2022 SEC Championship game. Despite winning the national title last season, the Bulldogs lost in the SEC title game to Alabama, so they witnessed the program’s first SEC championship since 2017. Standing in Georgia’s way, however, is a defiant LSU team that has risen to the occasion in some big moments this season under first-year coach Brian Kelly.
By this point in the season, Georgia has done its job as the reigning national champions. The Bulldogs are 12-0, and only one of those wins came by a single score against the Missouri; otherwise, they won every game by double figures. However, Georgia will get one of their biggest challenges this season in this neutral ground clash with LSU. While the Tigers are losing to the Texas A&M, they have shown the ability to improve their game in important moments with victories over the Ole Miss and Alabama.
Last weekend’s disappointment aside, LSU should be pleased with where it is in the program’s first year under Kelly. There was a lot of turnover during the off-season – both on the touchline and on the field – but the Tigers managed to pick up some big wins. This fall, they have a chance to add another major award, as well as the SEC Championship Trophy, to their list of accomplishments. For that to happen, LSU will have to push harder in Atlanta than it did last week in College Station, Texas.
How to watch Georgia vs LSU live
Date: Saturday, December 3 | Time: 4:00 pm ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
TELEVISION: CBS | Live Stream: CBSSports.com CBS sports app (Free)
Three players to watch
Brock Bowers, Georgia TE: Bowers, one of the best tight ends in the country, can take control of the game if necessary. In Georgia’s victories over South Carolina and Florida, the opposing defense had no response. In those two games, Bowers had 10 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Bowers has been kept under control several times this season, but that doesn’t change the fact that he can still be a nightmare for opponents.
Jayden Daniels, QB LSU: After moving from Arizona State, Daniels got off to a slightly slow start before eventually becoming a starter in his own right. Daniels threw for 2,566 yards and 15 touchdowns and leads LSU with 824 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. If the Tigers are going to upset the Bulldogs, Daniels will have to put in his best game in LSU form.
Malaki Starks, Georgia, DB: Five-star freshman Starks excelled defending Kirby Smart this year. He has 59 tackles, a pair of interceptions and seven passes. With Daniels and a group of talented LSU offensive wide receivers, Starks will play a key role in ensuring the Georgia defense doesn’t give up many important aerial plays.
Match prediction Georgia vs LSU
Odds via bookmaker Caesars
Georgia has been a consistent force from the start to the end of this season. By and large, the Bulldogs just took care of business, even if it wasn’t always flashy. On the other hand, LSU had its ups and downs throughout the year. The Tigers beat Ole Miss and beat Alabama in overtime, but they also lost to Florida State, lost at home to Tennessee, and lost outright to Texas A&M. If LSU brings their best game to Atlanta it could get interesting, but I’m going to support Georgia’s consistency and experience in the big games. Forecast: Georgia -17.5
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