I've been in a funk since Saturday---my, my how very, very, very, very, very, very, very freaking embarassing it must be to be an sad-ass Alabama fan right now, eh?--but I've decided to root for the one single, shining thing that, if it happens, I promise you will get us to where we want to go. Beat Georgia. Badly. Those dastardly Dawgs personify some very important and season-long criticisms many around the country hold about LSU. Here's my thinking: 1.-The "Georgia is the class of the SEC" argument: We've heard iterations ("too bad Georgia can't stay healthy" or "Billy Bennett just doesn't miss 3 FGs in a game") if not explicit affirmations ("Georgia is the class of the SEC") of this school of thought all year. Take the Billy Bennett argument: the kid's kicking stats (minus the LSU game) are amazing:--27 of 31 FGMade in 2K3. He doesn't fart and miss 3 against the Tigahs and LSU loses. A fair observation, to which I'd reply, "If you want to play that game and give Bennett a 4 for 4 day on field goals, you have to give us Mauck's fourth-quarter fumble back and assume we at least get a FG out of that drive.", which of course would make the score 20-19 and we'd still beat Georgia (but I digress). 2.-Georgia never gets blown out: An important observation here, actually. Going back 3 seasons now, the most points Georgia has lost by since Week 1 of the 2001 season is....drum roll, please...14 points to Florida in 2001. Sounds simple: blow them out. And why not? Who'd a thunk Miami would hang a beating on Nebraska in 2001's Nat'l title game, huh? Would it be easy? Not at all. But it'd be worth it and would end all "LSU is a paper champ because they've not done anything special, etc." talk, even among those SoCal lovers in the media. This would be the purest, most manly even way of deciding things. We don't "back into" a Sugar Bowl by way of a Syracuse or an Alabama win. We go out there, knowing what needs to be done since both the Syracuse and USC games will be final by then and all of America watching us since we'd be the only game on TV at the time, and dominate these people in front of their fans, God and everybody. Coach Saban talks often about dominating people and putting them away. Can you honestly think of a better time to do so than Saturday night? As Fred LeBlanc likes to say with so much passion, "Are you WITH ME?"