SEC Power Rankings: Georgia, LSU Do Battle To Keep SEC, National Championship Hopes Alive

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Sep 21, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; North Texas Mean Green running back Brandin Byrd (24) is tackled by Georgia Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (25) linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) and nose tackle Chris Mayes (93) during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2. Georgia Bulldogs

Record: 2-1 (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 2 (Trend: — )

Last Week: Georgia 45, North Texas 21

This Week: vs. LSU

Next Week: at Tennessee

Win this game, and Georgia is practically home-free to the SEC East title.

Easier said then done, of course, but it is also the truth. Georgia plays just one more ranked team, Florida, for the rest of the season. Get to the SEC title game with one loss – to #3 Clemson, no less – and win the SEC title game then it is almost a lock Georgia is in the title game.

Again, easier said than done.

LSU is may be playing the best football in all of the SEC, and have just as direct of a path – though harder path – to the national title game as Georgia. Beating LSU, even at home, is going to be difficult. LSU is averaging 480.1 yards per game and 43.3 points per game, while the defense has held opponents to 19.5 points per game.

Winning will be easier said than done.