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Quarterback Comparison: Georgia vs. LSU

And then there were three.

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Saturday’s contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers features an intriguing situation at quarterback.

Instead of the typical two, it’s expected that we’ll see three different names under center this weekend.

Here’s how the trio stacks up.

Joe Burrow

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First Impression:

Looking at the stats on paper, Joe Burrow is coming off a less-than-impressive performance in last week’s loss to Florida. He’s still holding the ball too long some plays, and struggles under pressure.

But, much of this can be blamed on a poor performance by the offensive line as a whole and several dropped passes by the receiving corps.

Burrow is doing all he can for LSU without a strong supporting cast. Unless the O-line can make the adjustments it needs to and the receivers can reel in the passes, Burrow’s going to continue to be done an injustice on the stats sheet every week.

Last showing: vs. Florida, L 27-19

He was 19-of-34 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions in a heartbreaking loss that could have been avoided.

QBR: 125.3

Bottom line for Saturday:

The Georgia defense will be the best the Tigers have faced all season long, and Burrow could be in for a rough afternoon. The Bulldogs defense isn’t just formidable, it’s an entirely different animal from anything Burrow and his team have faced so far.

Georgia has been stingy with points (13 per game, second), yards (283.2 per game, 13th) and first downs (15.8 per game, ninth).

They employ a “two-high” coverage, in which safeties drop back into pass coverage and make it extremely difficult for the opponent to throw the ball. What they won’t do much of is bring the blitz, or force turnovers.

Georgia is ranked 116th in the country in sacks per game with just one, and 51st in turnovers forced with nine.

Burrow is going to have to make all the right decisions and avoid risky interceptions this weekend if the Tigers want to get past Georgia.

Jake Fromm

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

First Impression:

Jake Fromm doesn’t put up video game numbers, but rather has established himself with a quiet efficiency that’s unrivaled by many.

He's easily one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, and college football as a whole. But he’s still in sort of a “prove-it” stage, as his resume is strong but not necessarily lengthy at this point.

He ranks fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (192.5). He’s also averaging an impressive 10.53 yards per pass attempt this season.

To further prove that Fromm has been smart in the pocket, consider the fact he’s only been sacked seven times this season, with two of those recorded on the road. He is 6-1 in true road starts going back to last year, including some respectable wins against Notre Dame and Tennessee last season and Missouri and South Carolina this year.

But one place where we find weakness in Fromm is on third down. He’s completing 56 percent of his passes (one below the national average of 57 percent), while his third-down QBR is only 24, which ranks 121st nationally.

Last showing: vs. Vanderbilt, W 41-13

Fromm completed 17-of-23 passes for 276 yards in last week’s win against the Commodores.

QBR: 192.5

Bottom line for Saturday:

We can expect a solid outing from Fromm, and he could make things especially ugly for LSU if it can’t bring an aggressive pass rush. He’ll indisputably be the best quarterback of the three to see the field Saturday.

Fromm has only faced a top-15 road opponent once though, in last year’s contest against Auburn. The 40-17 outcome wasn’t pretty, either.

He was sacked 4 times, forced to throw the ball for the majority of the second half as the Bulldogs were bested on the ground, 237-46 with the Tigers establishing an early lead.

Sure, Fromm is good. Heisman-worthy, even. But he’ll need to prove he can do it all in an especially hostile environment on the road this weekend.

Justin Fields

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

First Impression:

Think about how good Fromm is. Now think about the fact there’s another quarterback on roster nipping right at his heels.

That quarterback’s name is Justin Fields, and he’s a dual-threat guy that has the ability to do a lot of the things Fromm cannot.

In the event that Fromm is no longer getting the job done, or the Bulldogs want a change of pace, they have the ability to reload in Fields. And it looks like his role is only going to grow as the season goes on.

Fields is 18-of-25 passes for 200 yards, 2 touchdowns without an interception. He’s also rushed for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries.

Last showing: vs. Vanderbilt, W 41-13

Fields was 3-of-6 passes for 53 yards against the Commodores.

QBR: 165.6

Bottom line for Saturday:

It would be a huge surprise if we didn’t see am appearance by Fields on Saturday, and LSU needs to be ready for that rotation.

Georgia has been utilizing him to help bring life to the run game and particularly on short-yardage situations this season, and they’ll probably do more of the same on Saturday.