Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

LSU Tigers are right at home in the Georgia Dome

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank seeks a new retractable-roof stadium for his franchise, meaning the Georgia Dome could eventually go the way of the Seattle Kingdome or Texas Stadium.

If so, no one would miss the 71,250-seat venue in downtown Atlanta more than the LSU football program.

The Tigers return to the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve to face Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl looking to build on a 9-1 mark in their 10 appearances there.

LSU has won all four of its bowl games at the Georgia Dome, four of its five Southeastern Conference championship games, and bounced North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic to start the 2010 season.

The only loss for the Tigers was a rout by Georgia to end Les Miles' first regular season, but the LSU coach rebounded with a rout of his own against Miami one game later. He has experienced nothing but good times there ever since.

The Georgia Dome is where Miles held his hastily called news conference to famously extinguish a report that he would be the next coach at Michigan. Hours later, he beat Tennessee behind backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and earned a berth in the BCS title game.

The last time Miles coached in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, LSU was coming off a wobbly 7-5 regular season, but the Tigers trounced Georgia Tech in what amounted to a Yellow Jackets home game.

You thought Clemson, only a two-hour drive from the nearest Atlanta traffic jam, would have the edge in this game playing close to home? History says otherwise.

Over the last two decades, LSU has played — and won — more games in the Georgia Dome than it has down the road at the Superdome.

The last trip to Atlanta resulted in a 42-10 thumping of Georgia in last year's SEC title game.






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