Mark your calendars, Georgia fans, because Oct. 13 in Baton Rouge, LA., won’t be a game to miss.
Sports Illustrated went through the 2018 college football schedule and picked out the best game from each week. Week 7’s selection was Georgia at LSU in battle of resurgent programs.
“This will be the first matchup between these SEC elites since 2013, and it should be a doozy,” SI’s Daniel Rapaport wrote. “The Bulldogs will enter the season as one of the nation’s top teams, fresh off an appearance in the national championship game. Sure, they will miss the graduating running back tandem of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, and yes, they’ll also lose their leading receiver (Javon Wims) and best defensive player (Roquan Smith), but they get quarterback Jake Fromm back and welcome the best recruiting class in the country to campus.
On the flip side, here is what Rapaport had to say about the Tigers:
“This offseason has been notable for the LSU coordinator positions, but for different reasons— defensive coordinator Dave Aranda signed a new deal that will make him the highest-paid assistant in the country ($2.5 million annual salary), while former offensive coordinator Matt Canada was replaced by tight ends coach Steve Ensminger. The Tigers’ defense has been championship-quality for years, and if Ensminger can revitalize a sleepy offensive attack, LSU could challenge for the SEC title.”
The last time these teams meet, Georgia won a 44-41 shootout in Athens. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray threw a 25-yard touchdown to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 left.
However, the meeting prior to that was all Tigers. LSU blitzed Georgia in the 2011 SEC Championship 42-10, en route to a rematch with Alabama in the national championship -- which they lost.
Georgia also appeared on the honorable mentions list in a couple weeks: Week 5 vs. Tennessee, Week 9 vs. Florida and Week 11 vs. Auburn.