An­other Top 25 show­down

Ge­or­gia’s host to­day, No. 13 LSU, hasn’t lost two games in a row since 2015.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS - By Maghen Moore maghen.moore.ajc.com

In its 31st meet­ing with LSU, Ge­or­gia finds it­self in an­other Top 25 matchup against the Tigers.

No. 2 Ge­or­gia will travel to Ba­ton Rouge to­day to face the No. 13 Tigers (3:30 p.m., CBS; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). The game will mark the 11th time since 1987 that the teams met with both ranked.

“They bet­ter knuck l e up be­cause it’s go­ing to be a phys­i­cal, tough, hard-nosed foot­ball team,” Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart said. “They got big peo­ple, and that’s the way LSU is built.”

In ranked meet­ings, the all­time record is tied at 5-5. The most re­cent time it hap­pened was in 2013, when No. 9 Ge­or­gia scored in the fi­nal two min­utes to de­feat No. 6 LSU 44-41 in Athens. The teams haven’t met in Ba­ton Rouge since 2008, when the No. 9 Bull­dogs routed the No. 11 Tigers 52-38.

With ex­pe­ri­ence in Tiger Sta­dium as a player and as a coach, Smart knows the dif­fi­culty of play­ing in an at­mos­phere like Death Val­ley.

“It’s one of the loud­est places in the coun­try to play,” Smart said. “I don’t think our fans will be able to help us when we get in­side those lines.”

The Bull­dogs have fared well in ranked matchups at Tiger Sta­dium, hold­ing a 2-1 record. The

Bull­dogs’ most re­cent loss in Ba­ton Rouge came in 2003, when LSU was ranked 11th and the Bull­dogs sev­enth. The teams were ranked in the top five when they met at the end of that sea­son — in the SEC Cham­pi­onship game — where LSU claimed the con- fer­ence ti­tle with a 34-13 win at the Ge­or­gia Dome.

This sea­son the Tigers suf­fered a loss the Satur­day be­fore host­ing the Bull­dogs. Wide re­ceiver Terry God­win un­der­stands the feel­ing that flares af­ter a loss, stem- ming from Ge­or­gia’s loss in Auburn last sea­son be­fore rout­ing Ken­tucky 42-13 at home.

“They’re go­ing to be greedy, try to be hard-nosed, and they’re go­ing to have a chip on their shoul­der,” God­win said.

The Tigers are 6-0 fol­low­ing a loss un­der coach Ed Org­eron. The last time LSU lost back-to-back games came in 2015, when the Tigers lost con­sec­u­tive games to SEC op­po­nents Alabama, Arkan- sas, and Ole Miss — two of which were on the road.

“Ev­ery week teams get bet­ter, get more ex­pe­ri­enced,” Ge­or­gia tight end Isaac Nauta said. “It’s ob­vi­ously ex­cit­ing know­ing you’re go­ing to go into some of these big games, and that’s what you want to be a part of as a foot­ball player.”

While LSU looks to re­deem it­self af­ter its loss to Flor­ida, Ge­or­gia looks to con­tinue its win­ning streak through four con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence and Top 25 games.

“We just know from this point on we have to be on our ‘A’ game be­cause we know this is our stretch and the meat of our sched­ule,” God­win said.

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Ge­or­gia re­ceiver Terry God­win knows how LSU must feel com­ing off a loss. “They’re go­ing to be greedy, try to be hard-nosed, and they’re go­ing to have a chip on their shoul­der.”

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