Friday, November 12, 2010

Dawgs Play Tigers


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        Overall: 5-5                 3:30 p.m. ET                Overall: 10-0           SEC: 3-4                         Auburn, Alabama                       SEC 6-0       
Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

The Coaches

Mark Richt is in his 10th season at Georgia and overall with a record of 95-32 (.748). The Dawgs’ offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham serves as the defensive coordinator.

Gene Chizik is in his second season at Auburn with a record of 17-5 (.773) and in his
fourth season overall with a record of 22-24 (.478). The Tigers’ offensive coordinator is Gus Malzahn and the defensive coordinator is Ted Roof.

What To Look For When Georgia Has The Ball

Aaron Murray has the highest passing efficiency for a freshman in the nation (155.3)
and is enjoying one of the best years by an SEC freshman quarterback in history. A.J. Green recorded the sixth game of his career with 100 yards or more versus Idaho State. He registered six catches for 103 yards and two scores. Washaun Ealey is leading the Dawgs with 589 yards rushing on 122 carries this year. Ealey set a school record with five rushing. Kris Durham has 25 catches for a team-high 494 yards and two touchdown on the year.

Auburn’s defense has held opponents to 15-of-60 (.250) on third-down conversion
attempts in the second half and overtime this season. Nick Fairley leads the SEC and is third nationally in tackles for loss with 18.0, which is tied for fourth most in a season in school history (since 1981). He ranks second in the league in sacks with 7.5. Senior Josh Bynes led Auburn in tackles last season with 104, and is leading again this season with 55 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss.

What To Look For When Auburn Has The Ball

Auburn is averaging 324.7 yards rushing against SEC opponents and has rushed for
at least 300 yards against five straight SEC teams for the first time since available data began in 1967. Cam Newton leads the SEC and ranks 10th nationally (second among quarterbacks) in rushing (114.6). He is the only player in the country with five 170-yard rushing games this season. Newton leads the nation with 35 TDs scored or passed. Michael Dyer ranks fourth nationally among freshmen in rushing (79.9), and needs just 31 yards to break Bo Jackson’s Auburn freshman rushing record of 829 yards. Onterio McCalebb is averaging 9.27 yards per carry, which is best in the nation among rushers ranked in the top 100 in the country.

Junior OLB Justin Houston remains the SEC sack leader with 9.0 and has the most
sacks and tackles for loss of any active SEC player. Houston is also second in the SEC
in tackles for loss (16.5) after exploding for 3.0 versus the Wildcats and adding a combined 2.5 more against the Gators and Bengals. Akeem Dent has registered 10 or more tackles in five out of the last seven games and has led Georgia in tackles during five of those contests. He managed a career-high 15 stops at Kentucky and is second in the league with 94 stops. Both sophomore S Bacarri Rambo and senior CB Vance Cuff returned their picks for touchdowns last week.

Special Teams

With 22 kickoff return yards against Auburn, junior CB Brandon Boykin will set a
Georgia record for KOR yardage in a career. He had no returns versus Idaho State. Boykin stands at 1,616 yards on 60 returns thanks in part to an SEC-record three 100-yard returns in his career. In addition to five tackles and the first sack of his career versus the Gators, Boykin piled up 111 return yards. Blair Walsh is now 17-for-20 on FGs for the year and 52-for-65 overall. Drew Butler has averaged 45.2 yards on 41 punts.

Wes Byrum has made 30 of his last 35 field goal attempts after hitting just 11-of-19
in 2008. He scored 17 points on three field goals and eight PATs vs. Arkansas Oct. 16,
which was the most points by an Auburn kicker since Jaret Holmes had 17 against UAB in 1996. Demond Washington ranks third in the SEC averaging 26.9 yards per kickoff return, and has set an Auburn single-season record for kickoff return yardage with 806, including a 95-yard TD at Ole Miss.

Series/Game Notes

Record: Auburn leads, 53-52-8

Auburn and Georgia meet Saturday in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, as the teams will meet for the 114th time...Through 113 meetings, the two teams are separated by just 56 points (Georgia: 1,778; Auburn: 1,722)...The road team has won nine of the last 15 games in the series. Auburn owns a winning record in Athens (18-11) while Georgia has a winning mark on the Plains (14-9-2)...The Tigers have won 10 of their last 14 games at Sanford Stadium and Georgia has won on five of its last seven trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Radio / TV

Dawgs: Fun 101 FM (101.1) – Pre-Game Starts At 11:30 am / XM: 143 / Sirius: 122

Auburn: WKKR-FM (97.7) / XM: 199 / Sirius: 219

TV: CBS Sports - Vern Lundquist, play-by-play; Gary Danielson, color analyst; Tracy Wolfson, sidelines

On Line:


In one word – Perfect!

Kickoff - Sunny and 67 degrees, no chance of rain, 38% humidity and winds from the south-southeast at 4 miles per hour, temp will drop to 56 by 7 pm.

Tailgaters -  Temp at 8 am will be 46 degrees, warming to 64 by noon.

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