SEC Championship Game: LSU Proves Too Much for Georgia, Rematch with Tide Next?
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The state of Louisiana is rocking as the LSU Tigers are headed to the BCS national championship.
The Georgia Bulldogs looked like they had a shot at the end of the first half, but LSU stormed out to a quick lead to start the third quarter and never let up.
The No. 1 team in the nation showed why they belong in the title game on Saturday night.
"There was no question that we were going to show ourselves," said LSU head coach Les Miles.
Showing themselves is an understatement.
After falling behind 10-0 to Georgia, the Tigers rallied back to score 42 unanswered points and crush the Bulldogs 42-10.
When asked about the national championship game, Miles responded, "We can turn our attentions fully to that game."
The game turned LSU's way when Heisman Trophy candidate Tyrann Mathieu returned a 62-yard punt for a touchdown, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 10-7.
Coming out in the second half, the Tigers added three third-quarter touchdowns from Kenny Hilliard to pull away from Georgia for good.
The Tigers, new SEC champions, are now 13-0 and will play for the BCS national championship. The only question left is: Who will the opponent be?
The only two teams who really have a chance to face LSU are the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Oklahoma State is just kicking off with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Bedlam Game. It would likely take a blowout from the Cowboys to give them a shot at the Tigers.
Most likely, it will be an all-SEC national championship of the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide.
The game would be a rematch of the SEC West battle that took place in Tuscaloosa on November 5. The Tigers won that game, 9-6, on a field goal in overtime.
"There was great tension in that game," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "The whole nation was watching. It was one of the highest rated games. There was a lot of great football players out there that made a lot of great plays. It was what football was all about, and the game ended up a 6-6 tie at the end of regulation. I'm not saying anything about rematches, but that was really a great college football game for both teams."
Who will win the National Championship?
When asked about a rematch Miles said, "I would be honored to play that team again."
If these two teams meet again, the game will certainly be a classic. These two longtime rivals, who play in the greatest conference in college football, would square off with everything on the line.
Les Miles vs. Nick Saban.
The No. 1 defense against the No. 2 defense.
The rivalry that dates back to 1895.
No. 1 vs. No. 2.
It doesn't matter how you say it.
All I know is that the 76th matchup of the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be for the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship.
"It's a dream come true," said Mathieu.
Hopefully, the battle on January 9 will be a dream come true as well.
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