ATHENS — The SEC championship game is more than a week away, and both Georgia and LSU have ongoing regular season deals this Saturday.
The Bulldogs fight Georgia Tech at 12 p.m. while the Bayou Bengals take on Texas A&M at 7 p.m
But it was hard not to look ahead to the 4 p.m. game on December 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for everyone, including some SEC coaches who have shared their thoughts on what the league’s title game might look like.
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Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said last week that this version of a Brian Kelly offense looks a little different than the last Georgia saw when the Bulldogs hosted Notre Dame in 2019.
“I think when I look at Coach Kelly, he throws the ball more than he has in the past,” said Pittman, who was on the UGA team in 2019 and faced Kelly earlier this season when the Razorbacks and Tigers played in Fayetteville.
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“Certainly they’re still dealing with the big, trying to do physical downhill running game.”
LSU is averaging 245.6 yards per game this season and is sixth in the SEC, with four 300-yard games and a 299-yard rush in last Saturday’s 41-10 win over UAB.
Pittman noted that part of the reason for Kelly’s willingness to throw the ball is the transfer of junior Jayden Daniels from Arizona State.
“He’s got a new weapon in a dual-threat quarterback that they’re using very well, and they should be,” Pittman said. “He’s a great runner and a great pitcher.”
Daniels has rushed for 740 yards this season — the most among FBS quarterbacks this season.
Daniels was at his best earlier this season in a 45-35 win in Florida, throwing for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushing for another 44 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“Defensively, they’re still a four-man front,” Pittman said. “A lot of times they still use their nickel (4-2-5) and then their third down packages are still very good.
“They had a good plan against us with (Harold) Perkins, he makes the difference.”
Perkins, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman, has 9 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for the Tigers this season.
“Besides that,” Pittman said, “they have Brian Kelly in them because they’re a physical, well-trained football team.”
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