Bulldogs continue preparations for Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry
ATHENS, Ga. – The 14th-ranked Georgia football team practiced for approximately two hours in full pads Tuesday as preparations continued for the upcoming game against No. 9 Auburn.
“It was another good day,” said head coach Mark Richt. “We had tremendous energy, and I thought we got in a lot of good work. The scout team did a great job, and overall I was pleased with the effort.”
Saturday’s game will mark the Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium for the first time since a 44-17 win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 4.
“We’re looking forward to being home for the first time in 42 days,” Richt said earlier Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “We’re looking forward to our fan base welcoming our players and supporting us, and we’re looking forward to playing some exciting football to get our fans excited, too. I am glad to be home now. There’s no doubt about that.”
The matchup between Georgia and Auburn features two of the SEC’s most potent offenses. The Bulldogs are ranked first in scoring (43.0 points per game), while the Tigers are third (38.7), and Auburn leads the league with 286.4 rushing yards per game, and Georgia is second (256.3).
“Their style of offense, with the way they run the ball, they get it going and it’s hard to stop,” Richt said. “They can get long drives, they can get time‑consuming drives, even though they like to go fast, they’re still pretty methodical about how they move it down the field, just constantly trying to pound away till the dam breaks and a big run hits. So all of our offensive possessions will be very valuable.”
Georgia (7-2, 5-2 SEC) and Auburn (7-2, 4-2) will meet for the 118th time Saturday with kickoff slated for 7:21 p.m. ET. Auburn leads the all-time series 55-54-8, but the Bulldogs have won six of the last eight meetings, including the last three at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN. Brad Nessler will handle play-by-play duties, Todd Blackledge will be the color analyst, and Holly Rowe will serve as sideline reporter.