Picks: Bulldogs will top Tigers

Predicting Week 5's biggest games, including LSU-UGA and Wisconsin-OSU

Updated: September 26, 2013, 10:57 AM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Aaron Murray, Zach MettenbergerGetty ImagesWho will come out on top when Aaron Murray's Bulldogs face Zach Mettenberger's Tigers?

Each week during the 2013 college football season, I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games, in addition to a handful of other key matchups.

Week 4 is in the books, and my picks went 7-2, giving me an overall record of 26-10.

After a week that featured several blowouts and all but two favorites winning outright, Week 5 has several marquee games that will shape both conference races and the chase for the BCS title.


No. 6 LSU Tigers at No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs

Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET

This marks the first meeting between these teams since the 2011 SEC title game, which LSU won 42-10 en route to an appearance in the BCS national championship game, which it lost to Alabama. While the final score indicated a blowout, keep in mind that Georgia dominated early -- holding LSU to zero first downs in the first half -- until former Tiger Tyrann Mathieu's 62-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter changed the momentum.

The Tigers come in a perfect 4-0, fresh off last week's 35-21 win over Auburn. After serving an early-season suspension, running back Jeremy Hill looks like he is back to last season's form as he ran for a career-high 183 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4.

After their season-opening loss to Clemson, the Bulldogs have picked up back-to-back victories, including an all-important win over SEC East rival South Carolina, which put them in the driver's seat for a third straight SEC championship game appearance.

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider