Featured Game: LSU at Georgia
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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#4 LSU at #18 Georgia (3:30 est CBS) With so many good games on today, it is hard to zero in on just one. But after much debate in my head, I chose the LSU-Georgia game as my game of the day. This is a battle between two top-25 teams that will be fun to watch. It will also be enlightening as I have yet to get to see LSU play. Both teams are are thinking SEC title in this early big-time matchup.
About an hour and a half from my house is Athens, Georgia - one of the craziest party towns in America. Today, when #4 LSU comes to town to play ball, A-town will be off the chain. With the Dawgs finding some life after a season-opening loss to Oklahoma State on the road, UGA fans will be primed and ready to make some noise. With a win, Georgia can possibly climb back into the top-10. More importantly, a win - even though against a west division foe - keeps them unbeaten in SEC play. LSU is one of the tougher games on the schedule, so this would be a huge traffic bump to get over. And with Florida showing a bit of vulnerability, Georgia still wants to win the conference.
The Tigers meanwhile, are on a mission of their own. They have wins at Washington and against Mississippi State, and have shot all the way to number four in the polls as top-five teams have dropped like flies this season. LSU wants nothing less than a national championship, and a win in Athens would be a big step towards that goal. Being a top-5 team on the road, however, is probably not a good thing if you have watched the pattern unfold thus far in 2009. But so it is, and LSU will ride into Sanford Stadium ranked among the best in the land.
Tale of the tape......
Total offense - Georgia, 74th (357.2 ypg) LSU, 105th (310 ypg)
Scoring offense - Georgia 44th (30.7 ppg) LSU 53rd (28.7 ppg)
Total defense - Georgia, 67th (365.7 ypg) LSU, 49th (333.5 ypg)
Scoring defense - Georgia 95th (29.7 ppg) LSU 23rd (15.2 ppg)
Mark Richt, Georgia - 85-23 at UGA, 2 SEC titles (2002 and 2005)
Les Miles, LSU - 48-11 at LSU, 1 SEC title (2007), 1 national title (2007)
What will happen: You know, I have gone back and forth over this game several times. One minute I picture a rowdy, crazed Sanford Stadium rocking as Georgia lays a beating on a team probably ranked a bit too high. On the other hand, Georgia can be a mysterious team and just flat out lay an egg (see 31 first half points to top-5 Alabama at home last year). This game, I feel, is just going to be one of those classic down-to-the-wire games that is nearly impossible to pick. In my weekend five preview article from yesterday I picked LSU to win 35-31. During the night as I tried to sleep, I kept wondering if maybe I should have picked the Dawgs....
It is just too tough to pick a game that will be this close, so instead of changing my pick to Georgia, I will stand by first notion that LSU wins in a real fun, close game to watch. I think it will be one of those games where whoever has the ball last will have to make something happen, either to win or to lose. Georgia will have the ball last (as a pure shot in the dark), and I think the LSU defense makes a huge play late to seal the deal....
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