Kirby Smart On LSU: 'Their Season Will Be At Stake'

Kirby Smart On LSU: 'Their Season Will Be At Stake'

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Kirby Smart On LSU: 'Their Season Will Be At Stake'


Prior to the start of the 2018 season, nobody expected Georgia’s week seven matchup vs LSU to be such an important and meaningful game.

UGA fans were of course excited for the opportunity to cross another historic venue off the bucket list and to have a reason to either celebrate or drown their sorrows on Bourbon Street. But now, with LSU at 5-1 and Georgia sitting pretty at 6-0, this game carries some serious Playoff implications.

It does not help either team that LSU fell short to Florida on Saturday. It puts a slight dent in the Dawgs’ strength of schedule, but if UGA is to lose in Baton Rouge, I don’t think many voters would shame Georgia for a loss in Death Valley to a 5-1 LSU team, as long as it’s a competitive game.

That’s not good enough for Kirby Smart, though, who grew very familiar with the purple and gold during his tenure at Alabama. From 2007 to 2015, Smart coached the Tide to a 7-3 record over the Tigers. The Georgia alum actually spent a year working at LSU under Nick Saban, serving as defensive backs coach.

LSU has looked very good in the early part of the season, holding college football’s top resume. With wins over top-10 teams (at the time), Miami and at Auburn, they were rolling. But on Saturday, Florida’s defense proved too much for a subpar LSU offense, and the Gators would win 27-19 in an exciting finish.

“LSU has a great program and a physical team,” Smart said.

A loss to LSU would not be the end of Georgia’s season, but Smart wants to leave Death Valley nothing short of victorious. He knows he has his work cut out for him, but LSU’s loss to Florida provided Smart with plenty of useful game film. He’ll have his Dawgs ready.

“They are coming off a tough loss to Florida, so they will be ready to bounce back,” said Smart.

If LSU wants to make it to the SEC Championship Game and have a shot at the Playoff, this is a must win for the Tigers. Two losses in the SEC West and you might as well hang up the cleats for the remainder of the season. If LSU wants to make anything of this season, it has to win on Saturday. Don’t forget, Alabama still remains on LSU’s schedule.

Smart knows that a team is dangerous when their backs are against the wall, and he will have his Bulldogs ready.

“Their season will be at stake,” said Smart. “We’ll have to bow our back and be ready to play a good football team. It’s always physical when you play LSU.”

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