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Georgia is once again the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, and for good reason. Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs have cakewalked the 2022 season thanks to the insane amount of talent they have on roster. Ranging from true freshmen to redshirt seniors, they have dozens of names who will eventually see playtime on Sundays, and more than likely see a lot of snaps early in their careers. The gulf between them and most other programs is both obvious on the football field on Saturdays and draft weekends in April.

Over the past three cycles, 31 Bulldogs have been selected, eight of whom went in the first round, including 2022 first overall selection Travon Walker. This recent run even surpasses stalwarts such as Alabama and Ohio State and is tied with LSU. 2023 will be no different. On Saturday, Georgia will face off against those Tigers in the SEC Championship game. Here are five draft-eligible Bulldogs to keep a keen eye on.

LSU vs. Georgia: Stream, injury report, broadcast info for 2022 SEC Championship Game

Here’s what you need to know to follow the Tigers in the SEC title game.

The Tigers will be playing for a conference title on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Atlanta to take on an undefeated Georgia team that ranks No. 1 in the country.

The defending national champion Bulldogs, led by coach Kirby Smart, are yet to face a real scare this season, and they are likely heading to the College Football Playoff regardless of the result in Saturday’s game. Still, LSU will try to pull off the stunning upset and capture some hardware in coach Brian Kelly’s first season.

Here’s what you need to know to follow the Tigers in the 2022 SEC Championship, which kicks off at 3 p.m. CT at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

LSU Wire Roundtable: Staff predictions for SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia

Can the Tigers stun the Bulldogs on Saturday in Atlanta?

The Tigers have a major opportunity on Saturday in the first season under head coach [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag].

Heading to Atlanta to take on the No. 1, undefeated Georgia Bulldogs in front of what should be a UGA-friendly crowd, LSU will look for its second shocking upset of a conference power this season.

Unfortunately, a lot of the stakes have been removed for Kelly’s team. Before last week’s loss to Texas A&M, a win likely would have clinched LSU’s place in the College Football Playoff. Now, at 9-3, all the Tigers are likely playing for is a spot in the New Year’s Six.

The Tigers have a shot to make quite a splash in Kelly’s first season, despite last week’s result. Here’s how our staff thinks this one will play out.

Where does Oklahoma land in ESPN’s 2023 recruiting rankings?

Where do the Oklahoma Sooners land in ESPN’s 2023 team recruiting rankings ahead of the early signing period?

The Oklahoma Sooners are in the final stretch of the 2023 recruiting cycle with the early signing period just a few weeks away and national signing day two months away.

Brent Venables and his crew are sitting in a great spot led by five-star commitments from Jackson Arnold and Adepoju Adebawore. Oklahoma has 22 commitments in the 2023 cycle at this point and a strong chance to add several more as they look to close out their first full recruiting cycle.

In recent weeks, the Sooners began to trend in a positive direction with five-star safety and Notre Dame commit Peyton Bowen. Though five-star defensive tackle David Hicks is still committed to Texas A&M, the number of decommitments and transfer portal entries potentially puts that pledge on shaky ground.

After finishing with the No. 8 recruiting class in the 2022 cycle, per 247Sports, the Sooners have a chance to do something special if they can earn flips from the highly-coveted five-star players on their radar.

With the regular season out of the way, recruiting jumps to the forefront as Brent Venables and company try to improve the foundation of Oklahoma Sooners football.

The Oklahoma Sooners currently have 12 commitments inside the ESPN 300, which is the seventh-most in the nation. That’s headlined by Arnold on the offensive side of the ball, and ESPN currently ranks Jacobe Johnson as their highest-rated defensive player.

Here’s where the Sooners rank in ESPN’s team recruiting rankings ahead of the early signing period.

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels will play Saturday vs. Georgia in SEC Championship, Brian Kelly says

Daniels will start for the Tigers despite a nagging ankle injury.

Ahead of LSU’s first trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship since the 2019 season, one of the major questions has surrounded the health of quarterback [autotag]Jayden Daniels[/autotag].

Daniels suffered an ankle injury in last week’s loss to Texas A&M and briefly exited. He eventually finished the game, but he was seen in a walking boot on Monday, putting his status for Saturday’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs in question.

LSU fans got some good news on Thursday, as [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag] announced at his press conference in Atlanta that Daniels had a good week of practice and will play for the Tigers against No. 1 UGA.

Daniels has been a major part of LSU’s offensive success this season, totaling 26 touchdowns (15 passing and 11 rushing) to just two interceptions. The Tigers have their work cut out for them against the defending national champions, but Daniels being in the mix certainly helps.

With the loss to the Aggies, LSU has no shot at the playoff regardless of the outcome on Saturday, but the Tigers may need a win if they have any hope of reaching a New Year’s Six Bowl game.

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A recipe for LSU upsetting Georgia

Here’s how LSU can beat the top-ranked Bulldogs.

LSU, exceeding all expectations in Year 1 under [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag], will play for an SEC title.

The road LSU took to get here isn’t normal. LSU dropped the opener in the weirdest possible way, got blown out by Tennessee and was on the wrong side of an upset in College Station.

LSU began the year unranked only to enter rivalry week in the top five before dropping to No. 14 this week.

LSU’s in this spot thanks to some big wins in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers beat Mississippi State and Ole Miss by a combined 39 points and pulled off an overtime upset over Alabama.

Despite making its way to the SEC Championship, at 9-3, LSU is out of the playoff discussion. Had LSU beat Texas A&M, it probably would be win and in for the Tigers on Saturday. Now, LSU must fight just to get to the New Year’s Six.

It is a sizeable underdog to Georgia. The Bulldogs, 12-0, are the defending national champs. They’re better than LSU in every phase of the game. Using logic, it’s hard to see a way in which LSU wins this game, but today we’re going to try.

LSU is still LSU. It has good players and a coaching staff that’s no stranger to big moments. Its chances aren’t good, but they also aren’t non-existent.

Here’s a recipe for the Tigers to pull off the upset in Atlanta.

Five things to know about the Georgia Bulldogs ahead of the SEC Championship

Here are five things to know about the Bulldogs before the SEC title kicks off.

LSU faces the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta on Saturday with the SEC Championship on the line.

The stakes are different than they were a week ago. Georgia is staring down another playoff berth while LSU’s loss to Texas A&M knocked the Tigers from playoff contention.

Ranked No. 5 just last week, LSU needs to win this game to even play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Georgia, the defending national champ, hasn’t lost since last year’s SEC title, where Bryce Young and the Crimson Tide got the best of the Bulldogs before losing the rematch.

LSU and Georgia last met in 2019’s SEC Championship. [autotag]Joe Burrow[/autotag] led LSU to an emphatic win on the way to a national title. This will be the fifth time the two have met in this game.

Here are five things to know about the Georgia Bulldogs.

UGA basketball matches its 2021-2022 win total

Georgia basketball is now 6-2 after defeating Hampton 73-54.

The Georgia Bulldogs have matched their win total from last season. Georgia is now 6-2 after defeating Hampton 73-54. The Bulldogs have improved defensively and have more overall talent on the roster.

Georgia’s roster continuity is another big reason why the Bulldogs are having a much more successful this season. Returning starter Braelen Bridges accumulated 21 points and 13 rebounds in just 25 minutes against Hampton. Point guard Justin Hill, a transfer from Longwood, did not score in 31 minutes, but provided six assists and did not turn the ball over.

Georgia shot the ball well as a team against Hampton. The Bulldogs made 10 of 20 three-point attempts. Jailyn Ingram, who just returned from an ACL injury, continues to be a key player for the Dawgs. Ingram racked up 14 points and three boards in only 20 minutes.

Georgia went 6-26 last season. The Dawgs lost the final 12 games of the year.

Things are already looking better in head coach Mike White’s debut season for the Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Things are looking brighter in the Mike White era. Georgia has signed two four-star players in the class of 2023. Overall, there’s a lot of reasons why Georgia fans should be optimistic about the basketball program.

Here’s a look at one of Georgia’s top plays against Hampton:

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Is Georgia football already a CFP lock?

Is Georgia football already a CFP lock following an undefeated regular season?

The Georgia Bulldogs are in a prime position to make the College Football Playoff. Georgia is 12-0 entering the 2022 SEC championship game against LSU. Georgia is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Georgia has been ranked ahead of Ohio State in the CFP rankings every week since defeating the Tennessee Volunteers. There are only three remaining undefeated teams in college football: Michigan, TCU and Georgia.

If Georgia lost in the SEC championship, the Bulldogs would still be in great shape to make the playoff. The USC Trojans, who have to play Utah in the Pac-12 championship, could be ranked ahead of Georgia if the Bulldogs lose in the SEC championship. However, Ohio State is the only other team with a shot to make the CFP that could push Georgia out of the top four.

The Buckeyes (11-1) are coming off an ugly loss against Michigan and will not have as many wins as Georgia no matter what happens in the SEC championship. It is unlikely Georgia would fall below Ohio State in the final CFP rankings unless the Bulldogs have a really, really bad effort in the SEC championship.

A two-loss Alabama team certainly would not deserve to make the playoff over a 12-1 Georgia team.

This week (or really any week), Kirby Smart and Georgia football aren’t looking to entertain crazy playoff scenarios. The Bulldogs are looking to win a football game. The Dawgs can get an elusive SEC championship, and that means something no matter how the rest of the season unfolds.

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Josh Williams is confident he will return for SEC Championship

The Tigers may get one of their best offensive players back for the Georgia game.

It’s no secret that LSU has been playing without one of its best players the past few weeks as the Tigers have missed [autotag]Josh Williams[/autotag] after he suffered an injury in LSU’s win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Since then, [autotag]Noah Cain[/autotag] and [autotag]John Emery Jr.[/autotag] have had to pick up the slack. They have done a great job so far, but [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag] would love nothing more than to get Williams back.

The Tigers are headed to Atlanta to play the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship game this weekend and it would be a massive boost if Williams were to play this week.

Williams told the media this week that he expects to make his return to the field in the SEC title game.

“I talked to the training staff. They basically said it’s based on how I feel, how I want to go forward with it,” Williams said. “I’m feeling better than I did last week, I’ve been progressing every day. I started running last week. I’ve been doing well starting today even, I’m excited to see how well I progress. I’m pretty confident that I’m going to make an appearance in the game. I just want to put it in God’s hands and see how it goes.”

Getting Williams back would be huge for the Tigers’ confidence this weekend.

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