The sixth-ranked LSU Tigers took care of business against Auburn, setting up the first truly "big" game of the season, a top 10 showdown with the ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on the road.
"You choose to come to LSU to look forward to playing in a game 'Between the Hedges'," coach Les Miles said. "We know it's going to be a great environment. Been there before. We'll do our part to prepare to give us all a great game."
Senior safety Craig Loston added, "It's going to be one of those SEC games that everyone looks forward to with the competition at a high level, and it being a very physical game."
Featuring a future NFL backfield of quarterback Aaron Murray and tailback Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs boast one of the most potent offenses in the country.
"Any time we get to go up against a big time offense like this, I mean every year they always have a good squad, to have a challenge like this going into a week, and us going into their house, it's really a good challenge for us, and the whole team is looking forward to it this week," said linebacker D.J. Welter.
And adding to the appeal of this top-ten match-up, is the fact that LSU's starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger was once a Georgia Bulldog. He competed as a backup for Georgia back in 2009, before he was eventually dismissed from the University. And his mother Tammie is actually a secretary in the Georgia football office. She's been given the week off by Georgia coach Mark Richt, and LSU's Les Miles said that's something they were hoping to take advantage of come Saturday.
"I'm told that Zach's mother was given the week off because Zach's mom is the secretary for Coach Richt. We were really kind of hoping that we'd get the call sheet, several of the other key pieces of information, but Mark kind of knew that we needed to get that done."
But all kidding aside, there's a lot on the line Saturday afternoon in Athens, for not one but two teams with championship aspirations.
"We know that it's a big game for those guys, but also a big game for us," receiver Jarvis Landry said.
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