ESPN Names Georgia’s Most Important Remaining Game

ESPN Names Georgia’s Most Important Remaining Game

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ESPN Names Georgia’s Most Important Remaining Game


Shhh… don’t tell Georgia head coach Kirby Smart that we’re looking down the schedule past this week’s Missouri game…. but, we are.

Georgia may have more long-time, traditional rivals than any program in the country, but according to the good folks at ESPN, the Bulldogs’ most important game this season doesn’t include any of them.

ESPN created a “Most Important Game” piece for each of the top 25 teams and writer Alex Scarborough who covered the Dawgs states the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs most significant game is their showdown on October 13 in Red Stick with No. 6 LSU.

Seeing as the Auburn game is at home, let’s instead turn to the trip to LSU. After blowing through the early part of the schedule and looking at what lies ahead (Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt), this should be the first legitimate challenge to the defending SEC champs.

Playing in Tiger Stadium is never an easy proposition and this year there is a renewed spirit in Baton Rouge. LSU (3-0) has an impressive neutral field win against then No.8 ranked Miami and a stunning come from behind victory at then No. 7 ranked Auburn last Saturday.

ESPN’s Sam Kahn Jr. penned LSU’s portion of the piece and agreed with his colleague.

It’s easy to say Alabama because you could say that any year for the Tigers, but it’s their home game against No. 2 Georgia that may loom larger in the short term. If the Tigers take care of business in their next three games against Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss and Florida — and Georgia likewise reaches the game undefeated — then that game in Death Valley could do a lot for the Tigers’ playoff chances. A 7-0 LSU team with a win over Georgia would be an impressive resume and perhaps even good enough to allow the Tigers to survive a loss to Alabama and still possibly sneak into the playoff.

The last time Georgia visited LSU was in 2008 and the Dawgs returned to Athens with a 52-38 victory. In the teams’ last matchup in 2013, Georgia defeated the Tigers 44-41 in one of the most exciting games in recent Sanford Stadium history.

A 6-0 Georgia taking on a 6-0 LSU on October 13 in Baton Rouge would be the SEC game of the year. Luckily CBS would claim the right to cover this extravaganza, guaranteeing a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and avoiding Death Valley after dark.

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