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College Football Deserves Rematch of LSU-Georgia in SEC Title Game

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: Head Coach Mark Richt (R) of the Georgia Bulldogs is congratulated by Head Coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers after the game at Sanford Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Carter BryantContributor INovember 6, 2016

Why do all good things have to come to an end?

Georgia defeated LSU 44-41 in college football's best game of the season. It was wire-to-wire action that should have been a doubleheader. 

In a perfect world, LSU would have driven down the field and kicked a game-tying field goal to force overtime. But the game abruptly ended when a Zach Mettenberger fourth-down pass sailed high to Odell Beckham Jr. with less than a minute remaining.    

Where is the damn Buffalo Wild Wings button?

Sep 28, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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Nevertheless, the game was an instant classic. The drama was insane. The setting, beautiful Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., was picturesque. Even ESPN's College GameDay was there.  

The Bulldogs and Tigers traded blows all game long. No team led by more than seven points. 

The game had no shortage of storylines. Georgia lost the SEC's top running back, Todd Gurley, to ankle injury in the second quarter after a hot start. Coaches were often befuddled, calling multiple timeouts as play clocks ran down and players stood out of position. 

The stars of the game were former roommates...who now play on different teams.

Mettenberger was mett-nificent. He threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 372 yards against his former team.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray went 20-of-34 for 298 yards. His last of four touchdowns was the game-winner—a late 25-yard dart to Justin Scott-Wesley.

It seemed as if the quarterbacks were throwing against air. The historically suffocating defenses of LSU and Georgia were overmatched. The offenses combined for 85 points and 943 yards.  

Sep 28, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) scores a touchdown past Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Damian Swann (5) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated LSU 44-41. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

But this is just a part of the new-look SEC. 

The league is loaded with experienced quarterbacks and young defenses. Mettenberger, Murray, AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel all are in the Heisman mix for their stellar play this season.

LSU against Georgia marked the third SEC game featuring two Top 10 teams this season. Alabama defeated Texas A&M, while Georgia topped South Carolina two weeks ago. The games have averaged 82 total points and 1,043 yards of total offense.

No, those are not video game numbers. And no, this is not the Big 12.

Of the three games, only LSU and Georgia can play a rematch in the SEC Championship Game. Hopefully for college football fans everywhere, this will happen. 

Key word: hopefully.

The drama off the field for LSU and Georgia was unprecedented. 

Mettenberger could easily have been wearing red on Saturday and Murray signaling in plays to him. They were in a quarterback battle in 2010, but Mettenberger was kicked off Georgia for his off-the-field actions. 

The emotion of Mettenberger, Murray and Georgia head coach Mark Richt is what makes college football special. Richt could not hold back tears in his postgame interview.    

It is what SEC football is all about. And it gives college football fans a much-needed breather of Alabama and Johnny Football being shoved down everybody's throat. The Florida offense should not ever be on national television. 

College football needs this rematch to happen. 

Both teams have difficult roads ahead, particularly LSU. The Tigers still have to play Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M. They cannot afford to lose another SEC game. Georgia still has the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" against the Gators. 

If LSU and Georgia are flawless the rest of the way, they will meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game in early December. 

If the college football gods are kind, the world will receive Mettenberger vs. Murray Part II.

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