Athens – I’ve come around on LSU this past decade. I used to think this was one of those wannabe programs, but two BCS titles can change a guy’s mind. I like LSU now. I like the band. I like Mike the Tiger. I even like Les Miles. That doesn’t mean I root for the Tigers — I get paid not to root — but it’s always fun to see LSU play. It’s a big-time program again, and by definition every game involving a big-time program is a big-time game.
Georgia, as we know, has been a big-time program for a good long while, and whenever two big-time programs meet it’s a game of national prominence. I’ve covered four of Richt’s five meetings with LSU, and I remember something vivid about each game.
The Skyler Green catch that beat the Bulldogs in 2003, coming on the heels of the careening catch-and-run by Tyson Browning. Justin Vincent ripping through Georgia’s defense in the Dome later that year. D.J. Shockley throwing long to Sean Bailey in the Dome two years later. And last year Darryl Gamble making like Derrick Brooks.
The score of last season’s game was 52-38, and it wouldn’t surprise if these teams put up 90 more points today. Neither would it surprise me if the score is similar to the 2003 game in Baton Rouge, which LSU won 17-10. Nothing would surprise me about either of these teams this month-old season. Truth to tell, I don’t think either has proved (or disproved) anything yet.
Georgia is where I thought it would be (3-1) but not in the way I’d have figured. LSU is where I thought it would be (4-0) but hasn’t been as impressive as I’d have thought. I picked LSU to win 24-23 a while back, and I’ll ride with that while fully expecting to proved wrong. (I’m often wrong, as we know.)
According to Matt Hayes of Sporting News Today, Georgia will prevail by the score of 31-27. According to Dave Curtis of the same publication, LSU will prevail by the score of — stop me if you’ve heard this already — 31-17. According to Dave Curtis’ grandmother – I’m not making this up — Georgia will will win 31-21. According to Dave Curtis’ great-uncle Phillip Fulmer — OK, I’m kidding about the great-uncle bit – Georgia to win is his “upset alert.” (Although I could have sworn Georgia is favored.)
I’m guessing you, dear readers, have some thoughts on the issue. And that’s why I’m here: To listen. To respond. To look like a big fat idiot when the men of Martinez pitch a shutout against the nation’s No. 4 team. I’ll be here all day, and I’d be obliged if you’d join me. Thanks in advance.