Georgia-LSU: A Game That Could Change the Course of the '09 Season

Wes HoltzclawCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 25:  LSU Tigers running back Charles Scott #25 runs for a first down against the Georgia Bulldogs during their football game at Tiger Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Defending is Rashad Jones #9 and C.J. Byrd #5 of Georgia. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

In 2008, Georgia took the trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana straight into the heart of Death Valley.

The two teams were in the same situation that they are in this year, looking for an identity.

Darryl Gamble had a career day with two interceptions for touchdowns to go along with 13 tackles and the Dawgs outscored the Bayou Bengals 52-38.

Georgia would use the 2008 victory over LSU to go on to a 10-3 record and a Capitol One Bowl berth, while LSU struggled to a 7-5 record and Chick-Fil-A Bowl berth.

This season, LSU has run out to a 4-0 record and a No. 4 ranking, but have they been impressive?

Many fans and people in sports media would say the answer to that question is no.

LSU did travel to Washington and defeated the Huskies 31-23 in a game that was way too close, but two weeks later Washington upset the mighty Trojans from USC.

After a couple of wins over Vandy and Louisiana-Layfette, the Tigers faced what should have been another easy win against lowly Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs were six inches from upsetting the Tigers in the last moments, but huge thanks goes to Chad Jones for his defense play on what would turn out to be the play of the game in the Tigers 30-26 victory.

Georgia on the other hand has taken a different road to where they are at this point of the season.

The Dawgs opened up with No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma and came away with a 24-10 loss.

The next two games, against South Carolina and Arkansas, were amazing shootouts that ended with Georgia scoring 93 points and the Gamecocks and Razorbacks combining for 78 points in Georgia’s first two victories of the year.

Many thought that Georgia had nothing left in the tank for Arizona State last week, and for one half the Dawgs were able to prove them wrong, running out to a 14-3 lead.

The Sun Devils were able to make a game out of it by taking a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Dawgs were able to pull another one out of the hat on a Blair Walsh field goal as time ran out to win 20-17.

Now Georgia is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the AP Poll while LSU is ranked No. 4 in both polls.

The Dawgs are a surprise three-point favorite over Tigers this weekend in Athens in a game that is sure to change the course of each team’s season just as last season’s game in Baton Rouge.

If LSU comes out on top in this one it could be the springboard to an undefeated season, especially since it has not been said if Tim Tebow will be able to suit up in the Florida-LSU match up next week.

Do they have the weapons to go all the way?

If they can get quarterback Jordan Jefferson rolling along with Charles Scott and Branden Lafell, they will have one of the most deadly three-headed monsters in the country.

If Georgia comes out on top in this one it could possibly lead them to an SEC Championship.

After all of the fire Georgia has been thrown into so far this season, it is safe to say that the Dawgs would have all the confidence in the world that they can play with anyone they suit up against.

This game should be another thriller with it being either a 10-7 game or a 52-49 game. My prediction is somewhere in the middle, Georgia wins 28-27 simply because they are battle tested and LSU is not.