I interrupt the funeral for LSU's 2009 football season and Les Miles's tenure as coach to pose this question: what if we win at UGA on Saturday?
UGA is a good team. They aren't nearly as good as recent UGA teams that won the SEC and went to BCS games. They are 3-1 and 2-0 in the SEC. They opened the season with a 24-10 loss at Oklahoma St. They hung in for the first half and were in a fog in the second half. In the following two weeks they won defense-optional shootouts against South Carolina and at Arkansas--the two classic "scrappy" SEC teams who always seem to be a bit less talented, but dangerous and difficult to beat. Last week they beat Arizona St. at home with a field goal on the last play.
UGA fans have less to be happy about than LSU fans. Their schedule has been harder, but they already have a loss and their defense has been lit up repeatedly. If we're wondering why we only beat Washington by 8 and needed a goal line stand to squeak by MSU, they're wondering how South Carolina and Arkansas managed 37 and 41 points on their defense. So, our team has issues; so does UGA. They are beatable, and we're good enough to beat them if we play well. It will certainly take our best game of the year. Fourtunately, that's not a high standard to surpass.
But if we win, then the people who say we don't belong in the top 10 are going to have to stuff it. Ditto the morons saying Miles is done.