SEC Championship 2011: Keys to Georgia Pulling off Upset of Year vs. LSU

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs stands on the field prior to playing against the LSU Tigers during the 2011 SEC Conference Championship at  Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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No. 1 LSU is, at least in the minds of many, the top team in the country without a reasonable doubt.

Many have already written off No. 14 Georgia in today's SEC Championship game, which starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

However, this isn't a Bulldogs team that should be overlooked.

Obviously, they aren't nearly as talented as LSU, but to completely count them out is ludicrous.

Every dog has a fighting chance, especially these Bulldogs.

Here are three keys to an upset victory for Georgia over LSU in the 2011 SEC Championship game.


1. Turnovers

The primary reason that LSU has been so efficient this season is their ability to force turnovers and stay away from committing them themselves.

Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee have only committed four interceptions all season.

For Georgia to stay in this game, they need to force the LSU offense into some uncharacteristic mistakes.

At the same time they can't turn the ball over. Points are hard to come by against this top ranked Tigers defense.


2. Aaron Murray

Although he hasn't gotten the national recognition, Aaron Murray is playing the quarterback position as good as anybody in the country right now.

This season he has thrown for 2,698 yards along with 32 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions.

In the month of November he threw for 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

This entire offense is really on the shoulders of Murray. It is important that they establish the run, but it's his passing ability that will make the difference on offense.


3. Heart

It may sound cliche and dumb, but I have a feeling that Georgia will take the field today and show more heart than LSU.

Maybe that doesn't matter as much when you get higher up in the ranks, but heart still does make a difference.

LSU has already been dubbed the winner of this game. Win or lose, they are still going to be considered by many to be the best team in the country.

There is nothing more motivating than being counted out by everyone.

The Bulldogs will need to show that heart and play with intensity. If they do that, they may just catch the Tigers napping.