Georgia vs. Auburn: Complete Game Preview

Brian JonesContributor INovember 6, 2012

Georgia vs. Auburn: Complete Game Preview

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    It’s the beginning of November, which means the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers are set to do battle.

    This rivalry series is very close because both teams, and their cities, are very similar. However, the Bulldogs are ranked in the Top Five and are looking to clinch the SEC East. The Tigers are have had a rough season to say the least, and they are still looking for their first SEC win.

    Regardless of the records and the difference in talent for both teams, Jordan-Hare Stadium will be on fire Saturday night.

     

    Who: Georgia vs. Auburn

    When: Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

    Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

    TV: ESPN

    Radio: Sirius 92, XM 196

    Internet: GTV at georgiadogs.com

Depth Chart for Georgia

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    QB: Aaron Murray, Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay

    RB: Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Ken Malcome

    FB: Alexander Ogletree, Quayvon Hicks

    FLK: Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley

    SE: Malcolm Mitchell, Rhett McGowan

    TE: Arthur Lynch, Jay Rome

    LT: Kenarious Gates, Mark Beard, Austin Long

    LG: Dallas Lee, Ben Reynolds

    C: David Andrews, Chris Burnette

    RG: Chris Burnette, Greg Pyke

    RT: John Theus, Watts Danztler

     

    DE: Garrison Smith, John Jenkins

    NT: John Jenkins Kwame Geathers

    DE: Cornelius Washington, Ray Drew, Mike Thornton

    OLB: Jordan Jenkins,  Josh Dawson

    OLB: Jarvis Jones, Jordan Jenkins, T.J. Stripling

    ILB: Amarlo Herrera, Michael Gilliard

    ILB: Alec Ogletree, Christian Robinson

    CB: Sanders Commings, Malcolm Mitchell, Devin Bowman

    CB: Damian Swann, Branden Smith

    SS: Shawn Williams, Corey Moore, Josh Harvey Clemons

    FS: Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings, Connor Norman

     

    P: Colin Barber, Adam Erickson

    PK: Marshall Morgan, Jamie Lindley

    PR: Rhett McGowan, Damian Swann

    KR: Malcolm Mitchell, Todd Gurley

Depth Chart for Auburn

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    QB: Jonathan Wallace, Clint Moseley, Kiehl Frazier

    RB: Tre Mason, Onterio McCalebb, Mike Blakely

    FB: Jay Porsch, Blake Burgess

    WR: Emory Blake, Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis

    WR: Travante Stallworth, Jaylon Denson

    WR: Jaylon Denson, Quan Bray, Trovon Reed

    TE: Brandon Fulse, C.J. Uzomah

    LT: Greg Robinson, Shon Coleman

    LG: John Sullen, Alex Kozan

    C: Resse Dsimukes, Tunde Fariyike

    RG: Chad Slade, Christian Wsterman

    RT: Patrick Miller, Shon Coleman

     

    DE: Nosa Eguae, Dee Forde

    DT: Angelo Blackson, Kenneth Carter, Devaunte Sigler

    DT: Gabe Wright, Jeffrey Whitaker

    DE: Corey Lemonier, LaDarius Owens

    SLB: Jonathan Evans, Justin Garrett

    MLB: Jake Holland, Cassanova McKinzy, Ashton Richardson

    WLB: Darren Bates, Kris Frost

    CB: Jonathon Mincy, Joshua Holsey

    FS: Demetruce McNeal, Erique Florence

    SS: Jermaine Whitehead, Ryan Smith

    CB: T’Sharvan Bell, Chris Davis, Jonathan Jones

     

    PK: Cody Parkey, Alex Kviklys

    P: Steven Clark, J.D. Strawbridge

    KR: Onterio McCalebb, Tre Mason

    PR: Quan Bray, Trovon Reed

What Happened to the Bulldogs Last Week

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    It was a not a great start for the Bulldogs, as they were down to the Ole Miss Rebels 10-0 midway through the second quarter. But they got it together and went on a 37-0 run en route to a 37-10 win.

    Aaron Murray had a bounce-back game, completing 21 of his 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Todd Gulrey rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries and Marlon Brown, who went down with an ACL injury, led all receivers with three catches for 113 yards and one touchdowns.

    Alec Ogletree was the standout player for the Bulldogs on defense, recording 11 tackles, one sack and one interception. Damian Swann also had a big night on defense, tallying three tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

    The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 8-1, 6-1 in conference play.

What Happened to the Tigers Last Week

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    After losing five consecutive games, the Tigers finally got back in the win column with a 42-7 thumping of New Mexico State.

    Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb rushed for a combined 265 yards and three touchdowns. Mason carried 22 times for a career-high 152 yards and one touchdown, while McCalebb rushed for 113 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

    Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace made his first career start, completing 9-of-16 attempts for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

    The Tigers out-gained New Mexico State 475-305 including a 311-83 advantage on the ground.

What It Means for Both Teams

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    Because it’s the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, this game always has a great meaning for both teams.

    However, Georgia has to have this game to clinch the SEC East title for the second consecutive year. After the humiliating loss to South Carolina, many thought Georgia would not be out in this situation. But with hard work and little help from Florida and LSU, the Bulldogs can make their way to the Georgia Dome with a win on Saturday night.

    For the Tigers, they need to win this in order to gain back some respect. They have yet to win a conference game this year, and if they get a win against the Bulldogs it will give fans a good taste in their mouths after the constant disappointing losses this year.

Key Player for the Bulldogs

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    Todd Gurley should have a very strong game against a struggling Auburn rush defense, which ranks last in the SEC.

    Gurley has rushed for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns, which put him second in the conference in both categories. Auburn’s rush defense, on the other hand, has surrendered 199 rushing yards per game and 17 touchdowns.

    So expect the Bulldogs to go with Gurley early and often, which will lead to more opportunities for Aaron Murray to make plays on the outside.

Key Player for the Tigers

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    It has been reported that Wallace will make the start against Georgia on Saturday. While his numbers weren’t that impressive, he did give the Tigers a little spark on offense. The Tigers hope that he can give them more of a spark on offense against an improving Bulldogs defense.

    The one thing Wallace has to do is play loose and have fun. If he can do that, he will have a chance to make plays and give the Tigers a fighting chance against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs Will Win If...

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    The Bulldogs will win if they continue to have balance on offense and be aggressive on defense.

    The Tigers have struggled on both side of the ball, so what the Bulldogs have to do is do the same thing they did against Ole Miss, which was pressure the quarterback, run the football and make the pass plays off play-action.

    That sounds easy, but that has been the formula to beat Auburn all season.

The Tigers Will Win If...

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    The Tigers will win if Georgia hands them the game. The Bulldogs have struggled protecting the football in the last few games, but lucky for them, the defense has been able to bail them out.

    The Tigers are not great on offense, but if you give a guy like Wallace a short field, it will give him as well as the rest of the team confidence to take advantage of the mistakes made by Georgia.

    Also, with this game being a huge rivalry, the Tigers will be more amped up for this game than normal, no matter what their record or what Georgia’s record is coming into the game.

Prediction

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    When push comes to shove, Auburn is not a good football team. It has issues on both sides of the ball and its only good performance came last week against New Mexico State.

    Now it has to face a Georgia team that has playmakers on offense and defense. Then add the fact that the Bulldogs have to have this game in order to clinch the SEC East and it becomes even harder to win.

    Auburn will make it a game at the beginning because emotions will be riding high. But once both teams settle down, the Bulldogs will play their game and it will be too much for the Tigers.

    FINAL SCORE: Georgia 42, Auburn 10