January 30, 2023

An SEC champion will be crowned Saturday when No. 1 Georgia and No. 14 LSU meet Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bulldogs are looking to win their first SEC championship since 2017 while the Tigers have an opportunity to win the league in Brian Kelly’s first year on the job.

Georgia has fulfilled its role as reigning national champions up to this point in the season. The Bulldogs are 12-0, with just one of those wins coming from a goal against Missouri; Otherwise, they’ve won every game by double digits. However, Georgia will get one of its biggest Tests of the season in this neutral duel with LSU. While the Tigers suffered a loss to Texas A&M, they’ve shown they can improve their game in big moments with victories over Ole Miss and Alabama.

Aside from last weekend’s disappointment, LSU has to be happy about where it is in the program’s first year under Kelly. The offseason saw plenty of turnover — both on the sidelines and on the field — but the Tigers were able to pull off some big wins. They have a chance to add another major title and SEC championship trophy to their list of accomplishments this fall. For that to happen, LSU in Atlanta will have to push harder than it did in College Station, Texas last week.

How to watch Georgia vs. LSU live

Date: Saturday 3 December | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

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Brock Bowers, Georgia TE: Bowers, one of the best tight ends in the country, can take over a game if needed. In Georgia’s victories over South Carolina and Florida, the opposing defense had no answer. In those two games combined, Bowers caught 10 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Bowers has been held in check a couple of times this season but that doesn’t take away from the fact he can still be a nightmare for opposing defences.

Jayden Daniels, LSU QB: Transferring from Arizona State, Daniels got off to a somewhat slow start before eventually making his mark as a starter. Daniels has rushed for 2,566 yards and 15 touchdowns and leads LSU with 824 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. If the Tigers want to upset the Bulldogs, Daniels needs to put on his best game in an LSU uniform.

Malaki Starks, Georgia DB: Starks, a five-star freshman, has been outstanding for Kirby Smart’s defense this year. He has 59 total tackles with two interceptions and seven pass defenses. With Daniels and a stable of talented receivers on LSU offense, Starks will be key to ensuring Georgia’s defense doesn’t give up many big plays through the air.

Georgia vs. LSU Prediction

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Georgia has been a consistent force from start to finish this season. By and large, the Bulldogs just went about their business, even if it wasn’t always conspicuous. LSU, on the other hand, has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout the year. The Tigers beat Ole Miss and beat Alabama in overtime, but they also lost to Florida State, were blown out at home by Tennessee and fell flat against Texas A&M. If LSU brings its best game to Atlanta, this one could be interesting, but I’ll side with Georgia’s consistency and big-game experience. Forecast: Georgia -17.5

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