‘Nothing’s going to be straightforward’

Brian Kelly is aware of what his workforce will see on Saturday when the LSU Tigers face off in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs.

He’s twice confronted off in opposition to Kirby Smart since he turned Georgia’s coach again in 2016. And whereas Kelly’s groups have twice performed Georgia powerful when he was the pinnacle coach at Notre Dame, Georgia got here away with wins each occasions.

“That’s the character of a well-coached soccer workforce that is gained a nationwide championship and is competing for an additional,” Kelly stated on Thursday. “You know what you are going to get right here. I imply, every thing’s going to come very tough. Nothing’s going to be straightforward. You’re going to have to earn every thing.”

Kelly although is not working from the problem. In reality, he is embracing it, as he known as it probably the most thrilling side of Saturday’s matchup.

The Tigers are a 17.5-point underdog on Saturday. It’s a workforce that hasn’t been taking part in its finest soccer, because the Aggies are coming off a loss in opposition to Texas A&M this previous weekend.

Still, whereas the Tigers might come limping into Saturday’s sport, it says loads about Kelly’s talents as a coach to have gotten LSU to this level. The Tigers took in 15 gamers out of the switch portal to assist try to fill holes on the roster.

LSU was in a position to choose up vital wins over Ole Miss and Alabama this season. But the take a look at on Saturday in opposition to Georgia will be a lot more durable.

“You’re going to get a extremely well-coached soccer workforce, basically sound, they usually’re going to play onerous for 4 quarters and it is going to problem your soccer workforce to play its best possible as nicely,” Kelly stated.

While Kelly did arrive from Notre Dame, this isn’t the primary time he has coached in a convention championship sport, as he did so at Notre Dame in 2020. The Fighting Irish misplaced to Clemson in that sport.

In addition to grabbing many gamers out of the portal, Kelly additionally tried to poach a number of members from Smart’s teaching workers. Cortez Hankton is now the large receivers coach for LSU, as he returned to his residence state after serving because the large receivers coach for 4 seasons.

Kelly additionally made a robust push to try to rent Todd Monken, earlier than the Georgia offensive coordinator rejected the supply and elected to stay at Georgia.

The LSU head coach has been very complimentary this week of Monken and the way he goes about getting probably the most out of this Georgia offense.

“I believe possibly the offensive construction is one the place there are extra issues to defend and make it tough, particularly with each the tight ends,” Kelly stated. “The two tight ends make it very tough due to personnel-ing it they usually take away a few of your calls from a defensive perspective.”

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Smart himself has provided up loads of compliments with regard to Kelly and the way rapidly he is gotten LSU circled. It was a workforce that had gone 11-12 in its two seasons prior to Kelly’s arrival from Notre Dame.

Now the Tigers are taking part in the Bulldogs for an SEC championship.

“When their workers bought put in place, it is onerous to examine that in opposition to different applications throughout the board within the SEC,” Smart stated. “I’d argue they did the very best job of filling holes and creating roster alternatives for guys coming in.”

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