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LSU’s Playoff Hopes Revived After Upsetting Georgia

Now that’s how you bounce back from your first loss of the season.

After losing 27-19 at Florida last week, LSU easily defeated then-No. 2 Georgia 36-16 at Death Valley to boost its College Football Playoff odds.

Joe Burrow passed for 200 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, Nick Brossette added two rushing touchdowns and Clyde Edwards-Helaire picked up 145 yards (19 carries) on the ground.

LSU held Georgia to 322 total yards and forced four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions).

The first edition of the CFP rankings will be announced on Oct. 30. It’s already clear though that the Tigers are squarely back in the hunt thanks to the victory.


By virtue of the upset, LSU (6-1) climbed from No. 13 all the way up to No. 5 and Georgia( (6-1) dropped down six spots to No. 8 in the AP poll.

LSU is now tied for second place with No. 17 Texas A&M in the SEC West standings, trailing only No. 1 Alabama (7-0).

LSU will get a crack at the Crimson Tide when they host the defending national champions on Nov. 3, but before then they’ll have to get past visiting No. 22 Mississippi State this week.

Burrow is keeping an even-keeled demeanor and serving as a steadying influence for his teammates as the hype ramps back up for the Tigers.


“We’ve still got a long season ahead of us,” Burrow said to USA Today. “I know we’re a really good team, a really talented team. We still have a lot to fix, but we’re heading in the right direction.”

LSU coach Ed Orgeron believes his team made a major statement to the country.

This was a much needed signature win for the Louisiana native as the Tigers remain on the prowl to bring another national championship back to Baton Rouge.

“Where this takes us, we don’t know,” Orgeron said to USA Today. “But hopefully it gives us some confidence we can play with anybody in the country. … (If) we play well and do the things we can, we can be in there with most teams in the country.”

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