The best matchup of the weekend takes place at Sanford Stadium in Athens with No. 6 LSU facing No. 9 Georgia. The undefeated Tigers (4-0) have a chance to hand the Bulldogs (2-1) a major blow to their season with a second loss and likely end their chances at playing for the national championship. CBS Sports college football analyst joined Doug Gottlieb to talk about the quality of play for LSU and Georgia and how the two teams stack up other SEC powers like Alabama and Texas A&M.
“I would say they’re right on it,” Barnhart said. “They both deserve to be in the Top 10 and in terms of quality of play, I think it’s about as good as Alabama-Texas A&M.”
Prior to the season, Barnhart liked LSU’s chances this season because there was no pressure or attention and low expectations with so much turnover and change with their starters. But because the Tigers were able to fly under the rader, they have continued their success and haven’t missed a beat in what was supposed to be a transitional season thanks to their defense.
“You go look at Anthony Johnson, Ego Ferguson, those guys are just immovable,” Barnhart said. “And John Chavis is one of best defensive coordinators of our generation.”
When it comes down to it, Barnhart believes it’s not going to be a good day in Athens for the Bulldogs, their fans and their championship aspirations.
“I’m giving the edge in this game to LSU,” Barnhart said. “I think they’re better defensively. I think it’s pretty much a push in terms of the offensive ability of the two teams.”