ATHENS -- One half of LSU’s star tandem of cornerbacks wasn’t able to give a very long answer on Monday when asked about Georgia’s receivers.
“I really haven’t watched any film yet,” junior Morris Claiborne said. “We’ll start on that today. But from what I’ve seen, previous games I watched on TV, they’re pretty good with their scheme.”
On the other hand, Georgia’s leading receiver knows all about what he’s going up against.
Freshman Malcolm Mitchell gave an in-depth breakdown when asked about Claiborne and sophomore Tyrone Mathieu.
“When the ball’s in the air. If he’s around, he’s gonna do his best to get it,” Mitchell said of Claiborne. “As far as Matthieu, he has a knack for the ball. If it’s around him, you might want to take care of it, because he’ll get it out.”
Mitchell figures to get plenty of attention from LSU, as he has been perhaps the Bulldogs’ top playmaker on offense. LSU likes to play man-to-man, which Mitchell said he would be ready for, although he has immense respect for the cornerbacks.
“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “It’s a big game. Playing against these guys can either show the type of player I am, or see if what they’ve been doing is really true.”
Bowl destination: very undetermined
The only bit of clarity for Georgia’s bowl situation will come if it upsets LSU: The Bulldogs would get the SEC’s automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl.
(That happens even if LSU and Alabama both go to the BCS championship game. That would fit an exception to the limit of two BCS teams from one conference.)
But if Georgia falls on Saturday, it could end up in any of three bowls:
The Capital One (Orlando, Jan. 2) gets first pick of the SEC teams that don’t make the BCS. It would be choosing from three 10-win teams: Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina. The bowl seems to be leaning towards Arkansas, but a strong performance against LSU could help Georgia.
The Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Jan. 6) has first preference for a West Division team, but if Arkansas is gone, then the Outback Bowl (Tampa, Jan. 2) gets the next pick, because of its Eastern preference.
Mike Schulze, a spokesman for the Outback, said that bowl “can’t lose” if it’s picking between Georgia and South Carolina. Neither team has been to the Outback in the past three years, and both fan bases should be upbeat enough to travel.
“I would think either one of these teams, they’ll be pretty pumped about their year,” Shulze said.
Whichever team -- the Gamecocks or Bulldogs -- the Outback doesn’t pick, the Cotton would then get.
Georgia announced that the memorial service for Larry Munson would be held on Dec. 10 at Sanford Stadium. The public is welcome to the 1 p.m. service.
Munson, Georgia’s beloved longtime radio announcer, passed away on Nov. 20 at the age of 89.
Seating will be on the south side of the stadium. Stadium gates open at 12 noon.
Free parking on a first come, first served basis will be available in all surface lots and the Tate Center parking deck. Parking will not be permitted on sidewalks.
In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will be moved to Stegeman Coliseum.