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Tigers report: Inside slant

 
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LSU coach Nick Saban has a habit of accusing the media of making a game seem bigger than it really is. He was at it again this week at his weekly press conference, asking, "Ready to make this the biggest game of the year, I'm sure, right?"

Actually, No. 13 LSU (3-1) at No. 3 Georgia (3-0) doesn't need any help.

After the Tigers beat the Bulldogs twice on the way to a share of the national championship, the Bulldogs have had their sights set on this game for months.

"It's a big game," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We can't deny that it's such a big game. Our fans are excited. I'm sure our players are excited. Everybody's going to be excited. LSU will be excited about it too."

Saban also has a healthy habit of trying to teach his players to keep things in perspective. This game isn't the entire season in and of itself, and LSU's ability to handle the hype surrounding the game will be a key to its success.

"That is something that we have not done, and that's something that is going to be a challenge for us to do against a very good football team," Saban said. "That's the way we're going to focus it, and that's the way we're going to try to do it."

LSU handled most of those elements well two weeks ago at Auburn, but still lost 10-9 and fell out of the national top 10. Another loss could knock LSU out of the SEC Western Division race, especially if Auburn finds a way to win at Tennessee on Saturday, but Saban wants his team to live in the moment on Saturday in Athens.

"The emphasis still is on our team getting better and our team playing well and our team going out to beat the other team," Saban said.

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