LSU plays in their second conference match up this Saturday in Athens, Georgia. The LSU Tigers will be going head to head with the Georgia Bulldogs, in a battle that could go a long way in determining the participants in the SEC Championship game.
Even with a loss Georgia will still be the favorites to win the weak SEC East. The Bulldogs knocked off South Carolina in week 2 which dramatically increased their chances of playing for the SEC title. Unless Georgia is upset by a far inferior opponent, even with a loss to LSU, all they need to do is defeat a Florida team that lost their starting quarterback for the season.
LSU has a far more difficult path ahead of them. A loss would not necessarily remove all hope for a SEC Championship but it would make things extremely difficult. If LSU lost to Georgia they would have to go undefeated in the remainder of their SEC games, which is far from a simple task.
On October 12, LSU plays Florida and the following week they play Ole Miss. Both weeks LSU will most likely be favored but neither opponent is a cupcake. Playing Ole Miss on the road after what should be a physical game with Florida could be more challenging than most people realize.
The toughest task is November 9th. LSU fans have had this date circled on their calender since last year, the battle with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This is most likely the toughest competition that LSU will face this year, and easily the biggest obstacle for LSU to get into the SEC Championship game.
After the Alabama game, LSU will have a bye week then face another top caliber opponent. November 23, Texas A&M travels to Baton Rouge in what should be a high scoring shootout. LSU should have no problem scoring on the Aggie’s joke of a defense, but stopping their offense is a completely different story
If LSU defeats Georgia then they could potentially lose to either Florida or Ole Miss and still reach the SEC title game. They could even reach the big game while losing to Texas A&M by forcing a three way tie breaker.
In reality, a win or loss to Georgia does little on paper to affect LSU’s chances, although it may have a negative emotional effect. At the end of the day, the November 9th clash with Bama is most likely going decide who represents the West in the SEC Championship Game.