A key battle in the race for the SEC Championship takes place Saturday when No. 4 LSU heads to No. 18 Georgia for a 3:30PM ET kickoff from Sanford Stadium.
LSU has not had an easy time of things this season on its way to a 4-0 start. Aside from a 31-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks ago, all of the Tigers games have been decided by 14 points or less, including last week’s 30-26 win at Mississippi State where LSU had a fourth-quarter defensive goal line stand to hold on to win over the Bulldogs. The Tigers rank second to last in the SEC in passing yards allowed, but are second in the SEC in interceptions. Offensively, the Tigers rank among the bottom half in the conference in passing and rushing, as LSU hasn’t found its flow with the ball yet. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson has thrown for 708 yards and seven touchdowns, but the LSU running game is led by Keiland Williams at 46 yards per-game.
Georgia has been battle tested thus far in 2009 as the Bulldogs are 3-1 with wins over South Carolina, Arkansas, and Arizona State. All three wins are by single digits, including last week’s 20-17 win over the Sun Devils where the Bulldogs blocked a late field goal attempt by Arizona State while Blair Walsh converted two field goals in the fourth quarter to get the win. Georgia held the Sun Devils to 204 yards of offense, but the Bulldogs still rank second to last in the SEC in points and yards allowed per-game, as Georgia has faced tough offenses like the Razorbacks and Oklahoma State. On offense, Georgia has been led by Joe Cox, who has thrown for 980 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. A.J. Green has caught 25 passes for 428 yards and four touchdowns as well for the Bulldogs.
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College Football Week 5 Betting Trends
LSU is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
LSU: 0-9 ATS off 3+ SU wins
LSU is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
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Week 5 College Football Injury Report
[RB] 09/13/2009 - Richard Murphy out for season ( Knee )
[DL] 09/30/2009 - Josh Downs is upgraded to probable Saturday vs.
[RB] 08/09/2009 - Washaun Ealey out indefinitely ( Elbow )
[T] 09/06/2009 - Trinton Sturdivant out for season ( Knee )
[DE] 09/29/2009 - Kiante Tripp is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs. LSU ( Shoulder )
[DE] 09/13/2009 - Roderick Battle out for season ( Knee )
[S] 09/30/2009 - Quintin Banks is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs. LSU ( Knee )
[WR] 09/10/2009 - Kris Durham out indefinitely ( Shoulder )
[OT] 09/30/2009 - Vince Vance is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. LSU ( Undisclosed )
[LB] 09/29/2009 - Akeem Dent is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs. LSU ( Hamstring )
[TE] 09/26/2009 - Bruce Figgins out indefinitely ( Suspension )
[CB] 09/29/2009 - Vance Cuff is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. LSU ( Knee )
LSU Tigers +3 Over 52.5 (+135)
Posted: 10/3/09 1:30PM ET