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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia Tech (9-3) vs. LSU (7-5)

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

WHO TO WATCH: LSU is prepared to ride the whole way against Georgia Tech with true freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who showed some promise toward the end of the season after stepping in for turnover-prone Jarrett Lee. Jefferson is more of a threat to run than Lee and also has a good arm. His challenge is not giving Georgia Tech anything easy. The Tigers threw 18 interceptions this season, which was tied for second highest in the SEC. Jefferson has plenty of playmakers around him, and the Yellow Jackets have to prove they can cover speedy receiver Brandon LaFell. But this is a game in which Jefferson needs to play within himself if the Tigers are going to win.

WHAT TO WATCH: Can the Tigers send a message in the first quarter with their tackling and discipline on defense that they're not going to be a doormat for Jonathan Dwyer, Roddy Jones and the rest of the Yellow Jackets' option offense? LSU allowed 30 or more points in its last three games of the regular season, so seeing is believing. What's more, the Tigers have never allowed 30 or more points in four straight games during the history of the program.

WHY TO WATCH: It's not every day that a defending national champion collapses the way LSU did this season. A loss to Georgia Tech would be the fourth straight and the sixth of the season for LSU. The Tigers are trying to avoid the dubious distinction of becoming only the third defending national champion ever with six or more losses. The last time a defending national champion lost that many games was Ohio State in 1943. Defending national champ TCU lost seven games in 1939.