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5 Greatest Georgia vs. LSU College Football Games of All Time

LSU leads the series 18-13-1.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers, 2019 SEC Championship Game

Saturday will mark the fifth time that Georgia and LSU will play each other in the SEC Football Championship Game.

Georgia and LSU will play for the SEC championship for the fifth time in the game’s history. Only Alabama and Florida have faced each other more.

The previous four matchups have been one-sided (3-1 in LSU's favor), but if Saturday’s showdown is close, it will likely make this list. Here are the five greatest games in the series.

5. LSU 26, Georgia 23

Oct. 10, 1987 – Athens, Ga.

Georgia rallied from a 16-3 halftime deficit to take a 23-19 lead thanks to two touchdown passes by Joe Jackson and a 14-yard scoring run by Rodney Hampton. LSU quarterback Tommy Hodson responded with a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian Kinchen. The Bulldogs' chance to retake the lead ended when Jackson’s pass brushed off Hampton’s hands and was intercepted by Kevin Guidry.

4. Georgia 44, LSU 41

Sept. 28, 2013 – Athens, Ga.

In this top-10 matchup, Georgia led 34-27 going into the fourth quarter. Then LSU responded with two touchdown runs by Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill to take a 41-37 lead with a little over four minutes left to play. The Bulldogs then went 75 yards in six plays and Aaron Murray hit Justin Scott-Wesley with a 25-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead with 1:47 to go. Georgia then stopped the Tigers on downs for the win.

3. LSU 17, Georgia 10

Sept. 20, 2003 – Baton Rouge, La.

Both teams entered this early-season showdown undefeated, and LSU led 10-3 with a little more than five minutes to play. But Tigers quarterback Matt Mauck fumbled, and David Greene hit Tyson Browning with a 93-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. A 48-yard kickoff return by Devery Henderson gave LSU the ball on its own 49-yard line and Mauck hit Skyler Green with a 34-yard strike to retake the lead with 90 seconds left. Corey Webster then intercepted Greene on the next possession, giving the Tigers the win and handing head coach Mark Richt his first road loss. The two teams met again in the SEC Championship Game with LSU winning 34-13 on its way to the national title.

2. LSU 20, Georgia 13

Oct. 3, 2009 – Athens, Ga.

Georgia led undefeated LSU 7-6 in the final minutes and then things got interesting. Charles Scott punctuated an 88-yard Tiger drive with a two-yard touchdown rush with 2:53 remaining. However, the two-point conversion attempt failed. The Bulldogs responded with a 16-yard scoring strike from Joe Cox to A.J. Green with 1:09 left, but their two-point conversion attempt came up short too, giving Georgia a 13-12 lead. Trindon Holliday then returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to the Bulldogs' 38-yard line. Scott ran 33 yards into the end zone and this time, Jordan Jefferson hit Brandon LaFell for the two-point play. Perry Riley then picked off Cox, clinching the LSU win.

1. Georgia 23, LSU 22

Oct. 2, 1999 – Athens, Ga.

Tenth-ranked Georgia beat UCF by just a point the week before and found itself in a dogfight with LSU. Both teams kicked a collective six field goals between them and Kap Hines put the Bulldogs up 23-16 with a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. Tiger wide receiver Reggie Robinson caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Josh Booty with 18 seconds remaining, but head coach Gerry DiNardo chose to go for the win instead of overtime. Georgia linebacker Will Witherspoon batted away Booty’s pass on the two-point attempt keeping the Bulldogs undefeated.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.