November 9, 2007

Red or Black, Dawgs just need to win

Back in black or ripped in red?

Since Georgia coach Mark Richt announced that seniors had requested fans wear black against 18th-ranked Auburn, speculation has run rampant that the Bulldogs would join the proposed "Black Out" by donning black jerseys for Saturday 's key SEC fray, the 111th meeting between the two schools.

Although it's been an interesting diversion for message board chatters, tight end Tripp Chandler warns that the outcome will have nothing to do with what color the 10th-ranked Bulldogs may or may not wear.

"In the end it's still going to come down to just coming out and hitting somebody and black's not going to change anything about that," Chandler said. "We've got to be ready to play."

From all indications Tommy Tuberville's Tigers will certainly be that when they take the field against the Bulldogs (3:30 p.m., CBS).

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox conceded that Auburn is still stinging from last year's 37-15 defeat, a loss which not only stunned the 5th-ranked Tigers, but kept Auburn from receiving a possible BCS bid.

This year, the cleats are on the other foot.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 4-2) still have a shot at the SEC title. But even if Tennessee doesn't cooperate and lose another conference game, Georgia would still be in line for an at-large bid to a BCS game by winning its next three games.

"Last year we had a great season going and thought we were pretty good until they got on the field and begged to differ," Tuberville said. "They started at the beginning and kicked us all the way to the end. You never know what's going to happen in this game."

Because Auburn (7-3, 4-2) will be anxious to return the favor, Richt said his Bulldogs will have to be ready to equal the Tigers' intensity with some of their own.

"You would think they're going to come in here pretty jacked up. We definitely need to match intensity, but we need to execute well, too," Richt said. "Intensity creates energy, but you still got to execute. It's got to be more than emotion. Emotion's going to be a big part of the game, but you need more than that to win in a game like that."

History isn't necessarily on Georgia's side.

In one of the strangest quirks of all the country's oldest rivalries, Auburn is 18-9 in Athens while Georgia is 13-9-2 in Auburn.

"I just can even hardly figure it," Richt said.

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