SEC previews and predictions: Week 14

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By Jess Nicholas, .com Editor-In-Chief

Nov. 30, 2011

 

Last week’s record: 6-2 (75.0%)

Season record: 86-10 (89.6%)

 

Tennessee’s collapse against will likely prove to be the pick that cost the a 90-percent success rate in 2011. Even with a correct prediction in this week’s Championship Game, the best the Dept. can record is 89.7% for the year. Still, this has been the best season ever for the Predictions Dept., and we’ve had along the way. Now, our prediction for the Championship Game.

 

vs. (in Atlanta, Ga.)

LSU comes into this game trying to protect its top in the standings. A loss to wouldn’t necessarily knock LSU out of the game, but it would create some unnecessary drama for and company in the final poll. A Georgia win could theoretically put three teams into BCS games (Georgia would get the automatic berth; LSU and Alabama would meet in the Championship Game), but few people are giving the Bulldogs any chance of it happening. Georgia has improved steadily as the season has progressed, but the Bulldogs’ success has been as much a function of its schedule as any improvement within the team. Georgia dodged the LSU-Alabama-Arkansas triumvirate this season and lost to the only other decent team, South Carolina. The Bulldogs do, however, have an improving defense, and provided the running back corps shows up reasonably healthy, Georgia has enough offensive weapons to at least cause LSU some concern. But LSU simply has too much on defense, and doesn’t suffer from the same quantity and of mistakes and oversights that Georgia tends to commit during key games. Look for LSU to pull slowly, but consistently away from Georgia as the game progresses.

LSU                        34

Georgia                 17

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