The 2011 SEC Championship football game is for all the marbles, right? Well, maybe not. Many college football analysts have drawn the conclusion that a loss in the LSU Vs. Georgia matchup on Saturday would not keep the Tigers from playing in the BCS national title game.
So the game doesn't matter? This line of thinking does not sit well with the Bulldogs.
"Everybody thinks we can't do it, and everybody's saying that no matter what we do that LSU's going to end up in the national championship. I took that as kind of a slap in the face," linebacker Christian Robinson told ESPN.com.
"I'm not trying to start anything," he added. "But at the same time, this is the biggest game I've ever played in. This late in the season, playing the No. 1 team for something that matters, this is what we came here to do. I want to win, and I'm not taking it lightly."
Taking, it further, fellow Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones does not even see what the big deal is about the LSU defense.
"I mean, everybody praises LSU defense, but I know we’ve got a pretty good defense," Jones, the SEC sack leader, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We’re aggressive. We play just as well as them. A lot of people don’t give us credit [for] how we play. I think we play two different styles."
"I think our defense is just as good as theirs, if not better," he added.
For more on this game, keep up with our 2011 SEC Championship StoryStream and SB Nation Atlanta's LSU Vs. Georgia StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out our Georgia blog Dawg Sports and LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football and the 2011 Conference Championship Games section for more on Championship Weekend.