The Auburn Tigers (6-3, 4-2 SEC) travel to challenge the Georgia Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1 SEC) in a SEC showdown that doesn’t carry anywhere near the level of hype this past weekend’s SEC game carried.
Following up LSU and Alabama’s epic matchup will be near impossible, but at least this game might have some touchdowns.
Let’s give an in-depth look at the contest.
Where: Sanford Stadium (Georgia)
When: 3:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 12, 2011
Betting Line: Georgia -13, according to SportsBook
Georgia buried its season by losing its first two games of the year. Auburn’s national championship hopes were dashed in Week 3, when they lost to the Clemson Tigers.
The Bulldogs have made their way up to the No. 14 ranking in the AP Top 25, while the Tigers are at No. 24. Georgia is on a seven-game win streak, but doesn’t have any wins over ranked teams. The Tigers are just two weeks removed from their crushing defeat at the hands of No. 1 LSU.
The Bulldogs still have a shot at making the SEC Championship game.
Who Might Not Play for Auburn (According to College Injury Report)
Malcolm Mitchell: The freshman wideout is currently questionable with a hamstring injury. He leads the Bulldogs with 438 receiving yards despite not having played since Oct. 8.
Who Might Not Play for Georgia (According to College Injury Report)
The Bulldogs have no new injuries to report.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Both teams are currently in both the AP Top 25 and the BCS rankings. Georgia (No. 14 AP, No. 15 BCS) can still place itself in a very respectable bowl game by winning its three remaining games.
The Tigers (No. 24 AP, No. 20 BCS) still have Alabama slated in their last game, so an elite-level bowl game seems like a stretch for them. However, a win over the Bulldogs could give the Tigers the confidence they need to close the season out strong.
What They’re Saying
The rivalry means a lot to Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
"The plan is to have the guys understand that no matter what happens in that game we've got to beat Auburn. For a lot of reasons. No. 1, they're Auburn."
Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen knows it might get heated on Saturday.
"Everyone kind of thought it was a friendly rivalry up until last year when it got a little heated at the end. So we know that they remember that from last year, and we remember them kind of coming after us towards the end, so I think it's going to be another physical game."
Georgia Player to Watch
The sophomore Georgia quarterback has thrown 23 touchdowns this season, five of which came in his last outing.
Other than a two-touchdown, three-interception performance against Mississippi State, Murray has had a phenomenal second year as a Bulldog.
Auburn Player to Watch
The sophomore running back is following up his impressive freshman season with yet another sparkling year on the ground. Dyer had six touchdowns and over 350 yards in the first three games of the year.
He registered 41 carries for 141 yards in a squeaker against South Carolina. Watch out for Dyer in the next two years as he continues to improve.
Key Matchup: Auburn rushing attack vs. Georgia defense
Dyer will be up against the Georgia defense, which allows less than 20 points per game. South Carolina running back rushed for 176 yards and a TD on 27 carries to power the Gamecocks to a win over the Bulldogs earlier this season.
Will Dyer have the success Lattimore did, or did Georgia learn from its mistakes?
Auburn 28, Georgia 27