Monday, December 5, 2011

RE: LSU Will Win The SEC Championship Because...

Let me apologize for my pitiful try at prognostication.  When I sent this out last week I predicted LSU would beat Georgia 42 to 17.  It was 42 to 10.  My sincerest apologies.



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John Broussard

Assistant State Treasurer

Chief Investment Officer

State of Louisiana

Department of the Treasury

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From: John Broussard
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2011 2:47 PM
Subject: LSU Will Win The SEC Championship Because...


LSU vs Georgia SEC Championship – Why LSU Will Win The Game


Strength of Schedule – LSU has played and beaten 3 teams ranked in the Top 3 of the national polls.  At the time that LSU has played them, LSU has beaten #3 Oregon, #25 Mississippi St., #16 West Virginia, #17 Florida, #19 Auburn, #2 Alabama, and #3 Arkansas.  Now LSU faces #12 Georgia for the SEC Championship in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  Georgia lost to the only team in the Top 10 that they have played all year.    Georgia’s first three games were against ranked #5 Boise State & #12 South Carolina and something called Coastal Carolina.  They went 1 – 2, losing to both of the ranked teams.  Georgia has not played anyone anywhere close to as good as Alabama and they lost to the best SEC team that they played. The only team in this game that can beat LSU is … LSU.  If LSU shows up and plays their ‘A’ game, they win.  Advantage – LSU


Offensive Line – Georgia’s Ben Jones is considered one of the nation's best centers.  But who are we kidding here?  LSU’s O-Line went toe to toe with Alabama’s defensive line and came away with a win.  Advantage - LSU


Quarterback – Aaron Murray is going to be drafted by the pro’s one day.  Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee will not.  Aaron Murray is probably going to be called on to have to win this game for Georgia.  Jefferson & Lee just have to manage the game and limit turnovers in order for LSU to win.  Advantage – LSU


Receiver – Georgia’s A.J. Green now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Jr., Deangelo Peterson, Russell Shepard, Chase Clement, Kadron Boone, James Wright, Jarvis Landry and Mitch Joseph play for LSU.  Georgia’s leading receiver is their tight end Orson Charles who is a finalist for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.  Their best wide receiver is Michael Bennett, a redshirt freshman.  LSU has more talent, experience, depth and speed (a recurring theme).  Advantage – LSU


Running Back – Isaiah Crowell is banged up for Georgia.  Without him they turned to a defensive back to help them run the ball against Georgia Tech.  Crowell will play against LSU.  LSU has Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue, and Kenny Hilliard.  Hilliard, the fourth string freshman running back, gained 100 yards against the #3 team in the nation. LSU has more talent, experience, depth and speed (there’s that recurring theme).    Advantage – LSU


Defensive Line – LSU goes 8 deep on the D-Line. Barkevious Mingo ran down Oregon’s LaMichael James from behind!  The LSU D-Line is deep, talented and fast.  They will be fresh as a daisy in the fourth quarter when Georgia’s O-Line will be gassed.  John Jenkins has played dominant defensive tackle for Georgia and the play of emerging redshirt sophomore Kwame Geathers has significantly bolstered Georgia's defense.  Still, LSU’s D-Line has more talent, experience, depth and speed (once again there’s that recurring theme).  Advantage – LSU


Linebacker –  Georgia’s Jarvis Jones is one of the finalists for the Butkus Award given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. Okay, let’s not pull any punches here.  None of the LSU linebackers in this game are likely to make the All SEC squad this year.  They are scheme players.  Two of LSU’s linebackers are converted safeties.  ‘Just win baby’ is the name of the game at this position.  But they are fast and can run sideline to sideline all day long. It’s hard to get outside on this crew.  Advantage – LSU (by a coin flip)


Defensive Back – Georgia has Rambo.  LSU has the Honey Badger.  Bacarri Rambo, now that’s a cool name, the Georgia safety leads the SEC in interceptions.  However, LSU also has Morris “Mo” Claiborne, a sure top ten pick in the spring NFL draft.  Claiborne is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the best defensive back in the nation and is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which goes to the nation's top defensive player.   The Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the nation’s outstanding defensive player and is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the only defensive player among the 5 finalists for the Walter Camp award.  For LSU you add a healthy Eric Reid along with Brandon Taylor, Ron Brooks, Tharold Simon, and Craig Loston.  Man to man, nickel or dime coverage LSU DB’s have intercepted 16 passes this season, allowed just 6 passing touchdowns all season, and they have also scored 6 touchdowns this season.  So let me point out the obvious that LSU has more talent, experience, depth and speed (again with the recurring theme).   Advantage - LSU


Special Teams – Georgia has always seemed to have the best kickers in the SEC.  It seems like there is always some kicker from Georgia playing in the NFL.  However, that was then, this is now.  LSU has two great kickers.  Brad Wing can punt with either leg, can kick a spiral or an end over end punt on demand, and is deadly at dropping the ball inside an opponent’s 20 yard line.  LSU has allowed just 6 return yards on punts this year.  TOTAL.  SIX YARDS!  Drew Alleman is money anywhere inside 50 yards.  I have no clue who Georgia’s kickers are and haven’t read any of their names in any of the articles about this game.  Advantage - LSU


Game Summary – One Georgia sports blog says this about the game, “Everyone knows that passing against LSU would be to play against their strength, so if a team wants to beat these Tigers, they’ll have to run the football. And they’ll have to run it effectively.”  So, the game comes down to Georgia’s offense against LSU’s defense.  Georgia’s receivers don’t match up well against LSU’s defensive backs. And LSU’s defense has put tremendous pressure on every quarterback and every passing game they have faced this year.  So, the load falls primarily on Isaiah Crowell and Georgia’s offensive line.  Crowell is a really good freshman running back and will be a star for Georgia for years to come.  However, this ain’t his year.  LSU wins 42 to 17.


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