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LSU has struggled at the quarterback position all season, but true freshman Jordan Jefferson has shown promise of late.
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Georgia Tech (9-3) vs. LSU (7-5)
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

 
Reason To Watch: The triple-option will play on its biggest postseason stage since Eric Crouch played for Nebraska. If you have not yet seen Jackets QB Josh Nesbitt and runners Jonathan Dwyer, Roddy Jones and Lucas Cox do their thing, it's definitely a sight to behold. They put up 400-plus rushing yards against Miami and Georgia.
 
Keep An Eye On: LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. The true freshman took over the Tigers' starting job in their last game against Arkansas after redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee set what is widely believed to be a record by having seven interceptions returned for touchdowns this season. It will be interesting to see whether LSU's coaches take the training wheels off Jefferson.
 
Star Bowler: In his past three bowl games as head coach of the Tigers, Les Miles' teams have outscored their opponents (Miami in the 2005 Peach Bowl, Notre Dame in the '07 Sugar Bowl and Ohio State in the '08 BCS title game) by a combined score of 119-41.
 
Final Analysis: Throw out the way each team's regular season ended. With a month to prepare, LSU's speedy defensive front should have a good handle on the triple-option (pass defense, not run defense, has been the Tigers' Achilles' heel). If Jefferson avoids mistakes, LSU should be able to salvage what has otherwise been a disappointing year.
 
The Pick: LSU 31, Georgia Tech 27

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