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LSU’s margin for error is zero against UGA Saturday

Posted at 3:55 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 16:58:01-04

BATON ROUGE (KATC) — Through the first five games, one of the most impressive things LSU did was overcome lackluster performances. That ended Saturday in Gainsville when the Gators put LSU on their heels and overcame and early 14-0 deficit.

The loss shuffled LSU to 13th in the AP poll and showed that the Tigers are more vulnerable than the 5-0 start showed.

The game was the first time since losing to Troy last fall that LSU finished -2 in turnover margin. With turnovers against Ole Miss and LA tech, it’s also the first string of three-straight games that the Tigers have turned the ball over.  That’s amazing considering most teams turn the ball over at least once.

“We have to quit shooting ourselves in the foot. We get a big first down, we got a holding penalty. Turnovers. We go down the field and we get some sacks. Any time you get one or two sacks it’s hard to score. They get a negative plays. We had 11 tackles for loss against us,” Orgeron said Monday.

Saturday’s loss showed how narrow a margin of error this team has week-to-week. Against Georgia, that margin will have to be near zero. Georgia’s defense ranks second in scoring, seventh in yards and is third in yards-allowed-per-completion. Riding shotgun is a top-15 Bulldogs offense.

“We let our hands down. We should have won that football game. We had a chance to win that game and they’re going to see it today. They know it,” Orgeron added. “I think the team is hungry. This is going to be a tremendous challenge for us, but we can’t hang on to this for a long time. Georgia’s got our attention, has everybody’s attention all year, now it’s time to focus in on them and it will be a tremendous challenge for us. I’m glad we have them at home.”

Saurday’s game against Georgia is a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.