I heard yesterday from my old friend Owen, who I’ve known since we were in Mrs. Booth’s kindergarten class in Athens. These days, he’s a clinical psychologist living in Baton Rouge but still a Bulldog to the core.
Owen provided a summary of talking points about the LSU-UGA match-up down on the Bayou:
The revenge factor. The LSU players are talking about payback for the whipping Georgia laid on the Tigers in Death Valley last year (which Owen had “the pleasure” of attending).
The frustration factor. Les Miles has never beaten UGA.
The respect factor. Or the lack thereof. Although ranked No. 4 in the country, LSU is essentially unproven. The feeling in Baton Rouge is that the national media thinks LSU is overrated and is not of the same caliber as Alabama and Florida (which particularly rankles the Tiger faithful).
Owen’s conclusion: “All of this says to me that LSU feels like it has a lot to prove and an ideal chance to prove it” against Georgia.
Ah yes, another week, another team that’s keying on its game against Georgia.
So far, the Dogs have handled that challenge pretty well, losing only in a game in which their quarterback was sick. But, frankly, they haven’t played a team of LSU’s caliber up to now.
What do you think? Is this Georgia team “man enough” to handle the Hat and his Tigers?