Dawgs' Bowl Situation Up in Air

ATHENS – Music City Bowl chairman Scott Ramsey was asked Monday if he could assess where SEC teams, such as Georgia, stood with two weeks to go until formal invitations are issued.

"We've been trying to figure that out all day," Ramsey said, laughing. "It always starts with whether one or two end up in the BCS for the conference."

That appears to be Georgia's bowl situation in a nutshell. Well, that and also beating Georgia Tech on Saturday to reach six wins and be bowl-eligible.

The bowl situation remains a muddle, and unlike last year won't be clear until after the SEC championship game. Last year Florida and Alabama were both assured of at least an at-large berth, so the bowls with SEC tie-ins could proceed in their selections, though unofficially, in the week before the game.

But this year the title game features South Carolina, which will only get into the BCS by beating Auburn. The Tigers aren't assured a BCS spot either, with Friday's game at Alabama looming.

LSU (10-1) still has a good chance at an at-larger BCS berth if it beats Arkansas. Alabama could jump back into the discussion with the win over Auburn.

Meantime, at the bottom of the SEC pecking order, Georgia and Tennessee each still need to get their sixth win.

Officials from the Music City and Liberty Bowls each said they were rooting for that to happen.

"We're sitting here keeping our fingers crossed that they (Georgia) can beat Georgia Tech," said Harold Graeter, a spokesman for the Liberty Bowl. "They're a team that we're interested in. They're a team we've been following all year."

The Bulldogs may have had a rough season, but officials at each bowl say they have enough drawing cards: Strong followings, star receiver A.J. Green, and not having appeared in either bowl lately. Georgia played in the Music City Bowl in 2001, and the Liberty in 1987.

Ramsey also pointed out that Georgia, with a win Saturday, will have finished 5-2.

"Our criteria never changes," Ramsey said. "If for the city of Nashville, if we can catch a team that feels like it's won its way here … or a team that hasn't been to a bowl in awhile, then that's normally the best bowl for us, a school that's energized."

Murray practices

Quarterback Aaron Murray, who sat out last week's lighter practices, was a full-go on Monday, when the Bulldogs practiced in full pads.

Murray has been dealing with a bruised sternum and bruised knee, which he suffered at Auburn.

"He practiced and he did a pretty good job," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "There's a difference between practice and playing, so we'll have to see if he continues to improve."

Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey said Murray "looked good" – but mostly at the end of practice.

"He was coming out a little banged up, so he just came out a little edge today," Ealey said. "But he got all that worked out. He looked good towards the end of practice."

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