The dream of an undefeated season came to a halt last week but LSU (5-1) is still very much in contention in the SEC.
LSU lost to host Florida 27-19 at The Swamp and dropped from No. 5 to No. 13 in the process.
However, if the Tigers can shore up some areas there’s still plenty of time to make a push for the College Football Playoff.
“We felt that we beat ourselves in a lot of areas,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Monday during his weekly news conference.
LSU will face one of its most daunting challenges of the season on Saturday when No. 2 Georgia (6-0) comes to town.
Saturday Down South created a list of six keys for LSU to pull off the upset against the Bulldogs.
1. Take care of the football
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw two interceptions (one a pick-six) and lost a fumble in the loss to Florida.
“The turnovers have become more frequent as their takeaways have become less frequent,” Saturday Down South writer Lee East said. “LSU has one takeaway in each of the last two games after having multiple takeaways in each of the first four games.”
2. Avoid penalties
LSU was penalized eight times for 75 yards vs. Florida. Lanard Fournette’s interference penalty on a Gators punt returner cancelled out a fumble recovery deep in Florida territory.
Also, a holding call on Saahdiq Charles took away a completed pass to the Florida 32, with the end result being a punt.
3. Protect Joe Burrow
Georgia is last in the SEC in sacks (six) but LSU’s offensive line needs to be more stout while Burrow has to have awareness as well.
“Sometimes (Burrow) was running for his life back there,” Orgeron said, “but he should have gotten rid of the ball a little faster.”
4. Match Georgia with passes down the field
Georgia’s Jake Fromm has developed into a dangerous deep ball quarterback. It’s going to take a gunslinger mentality from Burrow and sure hands from LSU’s targets to keep pace with the Bulldogs.
5. Convert on third down
LSU went only 4-of-17 on third down vs. Florida. Extending drives will be crucial against the defending SEC champs.
6. Get to the quarterback
LSU didn’t register a single sack against Florida quarterback Felipe Franks. Now they’ll have to ratchet up the defense against an elite offensive line.
“This is the best offensive line we have seen so far,” Orgeron said. “We’ve got our hands full.”
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