"They are big and physical up front," Lindsey says of the Volunteers. "We are going to have to come out and run the ball to open up the passing game. In big games, you have to beat opponents to the punch. The offensive line is going to have to have a good push. I think a big key to our success will be converting third downs."
Lindsey, who is from Douglas, Ga., says he is looking forward to playing in the Georgia Dome. "We played the Peach Bowl there my freshman year," he says. "I was on the extra point and field goal teams. It is exciting to go over there and play in my home state again in front of family and friends.
"Counting the bowl, we just have two more games left," he adds. "It is coming down to the end for me and the other seniors. I want to go out on a winning note."
The offense played well in its first meeting vs. Tennessee, but got off to a slow start in AU's last game before taking control vs. Alabama in the third quarter. Lindsey says the Tigers will be looking to get back into their normal pattern as a team that scores early and often in the first half.
"In our last game (vs. Alabama) we were making too many mistakes at the beginning of the game--technical mistakes, fundamental mistakes," Lindsey says. "We need to come out and score first, get in a good rhythm and keep everything going."
Lindsey is a three-year starter for the Tigers, who has played both guard and center.
Lindsey says he is looking forward to the rematch vs. the Volunteers, especially with comments from Tennessee players after the first game that the result will be different if both made it to the league championship game, which has happened.
"That does give us incentive," he says. "They are a great football team and like the coaches have been telling us all week, we need to expect their best shot because this is one game for the championship.
"We have both been working all year to get to Atlanta. It is one thing to get to the championship game, but another thing to win it. If we lose this game to them, what we worked for all year to win the SEC Championship will go down the drain."
Lindsey says it is important to the seniors to end their collegiate careers as league champions. "We are all fired up about this game and we have had good practices," he says. "Some of the seniors were redshirt freshmen and went to Atlanta in 2000 for the SEC Championship Game against Florida. We have won the SEC West three times, but this is our first year for our class to play in the championship game. We are tired of winning the West. We want to win the entire SEC championship."