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LSU throttles Georgia in SEC championship game, stakes claim to No. 1 playoff seed

At an SEC championship game that was a game in name only, LSU annihilated No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in a performance that was part domination, part audition. Seeded No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings coming into the game, the Tigers — thanks to a phenomenal Joe Burrow-led offensive attack and an opportunistic defense — made the case that they ought to be not just No. 1, but whatever ranking is higher than No. 1.

The game kicked off before a heavily partisan, Georgia-leaning crowd, which isn’t surprising; Athens is only 60 miles up the road from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and LSU fans knew long before this weekend that they’d need to buy tickets for at least one higher rung on the playoff ladder.