Dawgs' Focus on Tech; Not Missouri

ATHENS - With the SEC East on the line, Black Friday could turn out to be quite a memorable Friday for those who wear the red and black.

While shoppers scramble to scoop up deals the day after Thanksgiving, the Georgia football team will be going through its regular day-before-a-game routine, according to coach Mark Richt.

Missouri’s home game against Arkansas Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET will determine whether Georgia makes the SEC championship game. Georgia needs a Razorbacks win to clinch the SEC East instead of Missouri.

“I’m not exactly sure what’s going to be on the agenda right at that very moment, but I can tell you this: we’re very focused on this game,” Richt said.

Players have taken their cue from Richt in saying pretty much to a man that the game won’t be must-watch TV for them after arriving at the team hotel at Chateau Elan in Braselton where they will eat dinner.

“I doubt it,” nose guard Mike Thornton said. “I won’t even pay attention to that. I’m just focused on Georgia Tech this week.”

Richt on his radio show Monday night said: “We’re making a pact not to even talk about that game.”

Wide receiver Chris Conley said he was one of the few that probably didn’t watch Missouri beat Tennessee Saturday night when Georgia had a chance to clinch.

“I don’t want to say that I don’t care, but I care more about what we do,” Conley said.

Nose guard Mike Thornton said he won’t even do a little dance if he hears Friday night that Georgia is going to the SEC championship game.

“Probably not,” he said.

Quarterback Hutson Mason said if Georgia can beat Georgia Tech and then beat Alabama in the SEC title game it would “give us a strong argument to be in the final four (of the playoff), but the reality of it is if we don’t take care of business Saturday, it won’t happen.”

The reality is Georgia also needs Missouri to lose Friday.

If that happens, Mason said, “then I think you’ve just got to tip your hats to Missouri.”

Conley said he’ll want to find out the result of Friday’s game after the Georgia Tech game is over.

Not that there’s much of a chance of word not getting to him before then.


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