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LSU-UGA: Tale of the tape

11/27/2011

Top-ranked LSU will meet No. 12 Georgia this weekend in the SEC championship game.

The undefeated Tigers (12-0) are considered by most college football pundits as a sure thing to appear in the BCS championship game, but they’ll have to go through the Bulldogs (10-2) first.

LSU opened as a double-digit favorite -- ranging between 11 and 12 points, depending on the betting house -- in Las Vegas. That’s understandable, as the Bayou Bengals haven’t lost and have rarely been threatened.

But Georgia enters on a hot streak of its own, having won 10 consecutive games -- the program’s longest in-season winning streak since its SEC-championship season of 1982.

Let’s see how the two SEC division champions stack up statistically:

Rankings

LSU: Unanimous No. 1 in BCS rankings, Associated Press, USA Today and Harris polls.

Georgia: No. 12 in AP and Harris, No. 14 in USA Today and BCS.

Strength of schedule (National ranking in parentheses)

LSU (20) 74.91 schedule rating in Sagarin College Football Ratings

Georgia (39) 72.15 Sagarin schedule rating

Key defensive statistics (National ranking in parentheses)

Total defense

LSU (2) 248.42 yards per game

Georgia (5) 271.08 ypg

Scoring defense

LSU (2) 10.58 points per game

Georgia (10) 17.75 ppg

Rushing defense

LSU (4) 86.08 yards per game

Georgia (6) 94.75 ypg

Passing defense

LSU (6) 162.33 yards per game

Georgia (11) 176.33 ypg

Sacks

LSU (16) 33 sacks, minus-217 yards, 2.75 per game

Georgia (T17) 32, minus-237, 2.67 per game

Third-down defense

Georgia (3) 29.76 percent, 50-168

LSU (25) 35.06 percent, 61-174

Passes intercepted

Georgia (T6) 17

LSU (T10) 16

Tackles for loss

Georgia (12) 91 tackles for minus-390 yards, 7.58 per game

LSU (13) 89 for minus-408, 7.42 per game

First downs allowed

LSU (2) 14.33 opponent first downs per game (172 in 12 games)

Georgia (3) 14.42 ofdpg (173 in 12 games)

Key offensive statistics (National ranking in parentheses)

Total offense

Georgia (34) 423.67 yards per game

LSU (62) 386.83 ypg

Scoring offense

LSU (13) 38.17 points per game

Georgia (25) 34 ppg

Rushing offense

LSU (18) 215.83 yards per game

Georgia (36) 180.58 ypg

Passing offense

Georgia (47) 243.08 yards per game

LSU (100) 171 ypg

Passing efficiency

Georgia (13) 157.90 passer rating

LSU (14) 155.57 passer rating

Interceptions thrown

LSU (T1) 4

Georgia (T50) 10

Third-down offense

LSU (12) 48.99 percent (73 conversions in 149 opportunities)

Georgia (34) 44.69 percent (80 conversions in 179 opportunities)

First downs

Georgia (38) 21.83 first downs per game (262 in 12 games)

LSU (47) 20.92 fdpg (251 in 12 games)

Sacks allowed

LSU (T15) 1 per game (12 sacks for minus-66 yards in 12 games)

Georgia (T70) 2.08 per game (25 sacks for minus-138 yards in 12 games)

Key miscellaneous statistics (National ranking in parentheses)

Turnover margin

LSU (1) +1.58 (27 takeaways, 8 giveaways)

Georgia (15) +0.83 (29 takeaways, 19 giveaways)

Fewest penalty yards

Georgia (52) 46.83 penalty yards per game (69 penalties for 561 yards)

LSU (61) 49.75 pypg (73-597)

Key special teams statistics (National ranking in parentheses)

Net punting

LSU (4) 40.59 net yards per punt

Georgia (100) 34.64 yards per punt

Punt returns

LSU (16) 12.38 yards per return (32 returns for 396 yards, 1 TD)

Georgia (66) 7.95 ypr (167 yards in 21 returns, 0 TDs)

Punt return defense

LSU (3) 0.46 yards per return (13 returns, 6 opponent return yards)

Georgia (112) 14.29 ypr (17 returns, 243 yards)

Kickoff returns

Georgia (36) 22.97 yards per return (37 returns for 850 yards, 0 TDs)

LSU (45) 22.43 ypr (30 returns for 673 yards, 1 TD)

Kickoff return defense

LSU (31) 19.96 yards per return (71 returns, 1,417 opponent return yards, 0 TDs)

Georgia (101) 23.79 ypr (53 returns, 1,261 yards, 2 TDs)