Georgia coach Mark Richt said the team has practiced well this week.
“It’s that time of year when we’re not beating each other up in practice but working on perfecting the game plan,” Richt said.
Both teams feature high-powered offenses with the Bulldogs leading the SEC by averaging 43.0 points per game (ppg) while the Tigers are third at 38.7 ppg. Georgia is on pace to set a school record in that category. The 2012 Bulldogs hold the scoring offense mark at 37.8 ppg. This season, Georgia has scored 52 touchdowns, 45 by the offense, four on special teams and three by the defense.
“They (touchdowns) all count, and we’ve done a good job scoring in other areas outside of offense,” Richt said. “Also, the turnover margin helps too as we haven’t put our defense in a lot of bad spots with a short field. For example, we did last week, and the defense rose up and got a stop, and they (Kentucky) only got a field goal.”
Richt added that he’s been pleased with how the offensive line and senior quarterback Hutson Mason have been playing, citing the importance of communication and working as a unit.
Georgia posted its second 60-plus scoring output of the season in the latest win over the Wildcats. The Bulldogs tallied a season-best 559 yards of total offense and Mason had more touchdown passes than incompletions. Mason finished 13-for-16 for 174 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
Georgia (7-2, 5-2 SEC) faces the Tigers (7-2, 4-2 SEC) for the 118th time Saturday night in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Auburn holds a slim 55-54-8 edge in the series. Kickoff is slated for 7:21 p.m. The game will be televised live by ESPN.