Nov. 12, 2013
ATHENS-----With temperatures dipping into the 40s, the Georgia football team practiced for two and a half hours in full pads Tuesday leading up to Saturday's game at Auburn.
Earlier in the day at his weekly press conference, head coach Mark Richt discussed the challenge of facing a top-10 team on the road.
"Every time you go to somebody else's house, you feel like an underdog," Richt said. "We're walking into a situation against a team that is very confident and has a lot of momentum and is already used to winning. Going into the season you wouldn't have said that, but by game ten they are used to winning. Teams like that are very difficult to beat. It's a great challenge for us and we are looking forward to it."
Georgia's defense will look to slow down an Auburn rushing attack that leads the SEC with 320 yards per game. UGA is fourth in the SEC in run defense, allowing just 126 yards a game.
"We've been pretty good at slowing down the run," Richt said. "This is the kind of game that even if you're having success slowing down the run, they're still going to move the ball, they're still going to get first downs and they're still going to have a lot of third-and-mediums and third-and-short situations. It's just by virtue of the way they do it, and it's going to be hard to keep them from reducing the yardage on third down and having that run-pass threat on third down...It matters what we do Saturday, and hopefully we'll get them on the ground."
Following practice, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was asked about the status of tight end Arthur Lynch and receiver Chris Conley. Both players missed the win over Appalachian State last week due to injuries. Conley currently leads the team in receptions (30) and receiving yards (418).
"We're getting guys back, but they have also missed a lot of practice time," Bobo said. "Artie looked good out there today moving around. Chris was doing some things on the side. I think he's still questionable, and it will probably be a game time decision. If he is able to go it would give us a boost."
No. 25 Georgia and seventh-ranked Auburn will meet for the 117th time Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry is tied 54-54-8, and the Bulldogs have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 38-0 victory last year at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia leads the series in Auburn 15-10-2. The game will be televised by CBS.