The Georgia Bulldogs (8-1) will take on the Auburn Tigers (2-7) in a seemingly one-sided showdown between two SEC rivals.
The Bulldogs knocked off the undefeated Florida Gators last month and seem to have no hurdles in the way of a potential 6-0 finish to the season, which will undoubtedly earn them an appearance in the SEC Championship game.
The Auburn Tigers picked up their second win of the season last week—against the one-win New Mexico State Aggies—but are in the midst of a disaster season that has the War Eagle faithful calling for Gene Chizik's head.
The Bulldogs hope to continue their stampede towards the conference championship game while the Tigers will merely try to stay competitive and possibly pull off an upset that could save their coach's skin.
This game may not be intriguing to the casual fan, but it's a necessary win in order for the Bulldogs to clinch the SEC East, so they're not taking it lightly.
Georgia needs win at Auburn next Saturday to clinch SEC East title. If Georgia loses that game next week, then Florida will win the SEC East— Lou Holtz (@ESPNDrLou) November 4, 2012
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
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Spread: Georgia -15 (Bovada)
The Georgia Bulldogs understandably have the edge in Vegas and are opening as 15-point favorites over the struggling Auburn Tigers.
After a 37-10 thumping over Ole Miss and a four-touchdown margin of victory over South Carolina, it's hard to imagine the Bulldogs not covering the spread.
Then again, they have had questionable performances against inferior opponents.
In Week 2, they allowed the struggling Missouri Tigers to stay in the game until the fourth quarter, while they escaped Kentucky with a narrow five-point victory three weeks ago.
With that in mind, it comes at no surprise that Vegas is keeping it modest with a 15-point gap.
Injury Report (USA Today)
WR C.J. Uzomah (Hand)
CB Chris Davis (Concussion)
LB Justin Garrett (Undisclosed)
DB Ryan Smith (Undisclosed)
DT Jeffery Whitaker (Undisclosed)
OL Christian Westerman (Leg)
OL Avery Young (Undisclosed)
TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen (Hip)
DE Marlon Brown (Knee)
G Chris Burnette (Shoulder)
FB Merritt Hall (Ankle)
LB Chase Vasser (Shoulder)
DE Dexter Morant (Illness)
LB Sterling Bailey (Thumb)
LB Brandon Burrows (Hand)
FB Brandon Harton (Thumb)
T Kolton Houston (Eligibility)
Latest #BCS Standings: 1. Alabama 2. KState 3. Oregon 4. Notre Dame 5. Georgia 6. Florida 7. LSU 8. So. Carolina 9. Louisville 10. FSU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 5, 2012
This game has virtually zero effect on Auburn's standings in the BCS—either a win or a loss will have the two-win Tigers sitting outside the Top 25.
For Georgia, a loss is the only thing that will truly effect their standings, as a victory will only advance them if an undefeated school—Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame—becomes the victim of an upset.
Georgia is the top-ranked one-loss team in the nation, so the only thing in their control is the remaining games on their schedule. If they take care of business and only one undefeated team is standing at season's end, they have a realistic shot at playing for a BCS Championship.
Georgia Players to Watch
OLB Jarvis Jones
Jarvis Jones is on every NFL scout's radar and is arguably the top pass-rusher in the nation, so naturally he's worth keeping an eye on.
Auburn QB Jonathan Wallace has some mobility, which will help, but the Tigers are in trouble if Jones cannot be contained.
QB Aaron Murray
Aaron Murray had some struggles in his three-interception performance against the Florida Gators, but bounced back with 384 yards and four touchdowns against Ole Miss last week.
His impressive performance should give him the necessary momentum to roll over the Auburn secondary, but another rut could result in the game being closer than they prefer.
Auburn Players to Watch
QB Jonathan Wallace
Freshman Jonathan Wallace had his first start against Texas A&M two weeks ago and raised some eyebrows with his admirable performance.
Wallace was held to just 122 passing yards, but he threw for two scores and used his mobility to add 71 yards on the ground.
Georgia will be the toughest opponent Wallace has seen this season, which provides Auburn fans with an opportunity to see if he's truly their future.
WR Emory Blake
Emory Blake has put together impressive numbers this season—609 yards and three touchdowns—and has been a pleasant surprise for Auburn this season.
It will be interesting if Emory and Jonathan Wallace can get in sync and do some damage against a tough Georgia defense.
It's not exactly going out on a limb to say Georgia will beat Auburn and beat them convincingly—but that's certainly the expected outcome and only an attention seeker would say otherwise.
Georgia's defense is far too physical for an Auburn offense that has surpassed 20 points only three times this season.
Additionally, the Auburn players are under a great deal of pressure since their coach's job is resting on their shoulders, and the anger from the fanbase certainly isn't reducing that pressure.
Todd Gurley will run over the Tigers defense and Aaron Murray will find the end zone on multiple occasions.
Georgia should have no problem covering the modest 15-point spread.
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