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SEC race update: Week 14

Like any captivating thriller you see on the big screen, the wild, rough and tough SEC Western Division was won on the last weekend of the regular season.

With a 41-17 win over Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., LSU completed its perfect regular season and clinched a berth in the SEC title game against East champ Georgia.

This game, like the past five SEC championship games, has national title implications. If No. 1 LSU (12-0, 8-0) beats the 14th-ranked Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1), the Tigers are headed to the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

With the heavy lead that LSU has over No. 3 Oklahoma State in the BCS standings, even if the Tigers lose to Georgia in Atlanta, it doesn't appear that they will drop any lower than second in the standings, meaning LSU would still face Alabama in the national championship.

Saturday's game has the makings of a pretty interesting matchup. Georgia enters as one of the hottest teams in the SEC if not the country. Since beginning the season 0-2, the Bulldogs reeled off 10 straight wins to end the season.

Coach Mark Richt was feeling all sorts of pressure but somehow kept his cool and kept his team together. The Bulldogs bring in quarterback Aaron Murray, who has passed for 19 touchdowns to four interceptions in the past six games, and a hefty defense.

The Bulldogs quietly watched as LSU and Alabama got all the defensive attention, but Georgia owns the nation's fifth-best defense (271 yards allowed per game) and is giving up just 18 points a game.

Georgia will no doubt feed off its winning streak and all of that LSU talk. The Bulldogs understand they won't be favored, so the pressure is off.

As for LSU, the Tigers are having one of the best seasons in recent SEC memory. Even will all the off-field distractions, LSU has the top team in the country and continues to improve week to week. Despite the youth this team has on both sides of the ball, the Tigers have come out focused every week and have dominated just about every opponent they've faced.

Coach Les Miles said that even with the idea that LSU doesn't necessarily need to win Saturday to make it to the BCS title game, his team will be focused and won't look past Georgia.

There is nothing that has happened this season that should have us feeling any differently about these Tigers.