FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing169.8 (74th)91.3 (10th)
Passing182.8 (106th)244.0 (89th)

Tigers report: Notes, quotes

Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel

LSU dominated Mississippi State with the running game, gaining 272 yards on the ground, but the quarterback situation remains a question. LSU has enough depth at running back to run the ball effectively, but QBs Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell must be able to pass to give the Tigers room to run.

The defense has played well in all four games so far. LSU leads the SEC in total defense (236.8 yards per game) and rushing defense (77.3 ypg) and ranks second to Auburn in scoring defense, allowing 8.5 points per game. The Tigers have not allowed a rushing TD this season and only seven rushing touchdowns in their past 18 games, but Georgia has the overall weapons to be the best offense LSU has faced this season. The key will be slowing down the running game and putting the pressure on the offensive line to protect QB David Greene.

"He's smart. He's not going to make a lot of mistakes. In my mind, you've got to get pressure on him, because if you don't, he's going to pick you apart. That's the thing about him. He's a NFL-type quarterback. You have to play smart and get in his face. We need to force him to move out of the pocket. We can't have him taking those five-step drops. That's the main thing with any quarterback, but with him it's especially true." -- LSU DE Marcus Spears on Georgia QB David Greene. In two games last year, LSU sacked Greene 10 times, intercepted him five times and deflected 10 passes.

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