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Danielson: Kirby Will Have Dawgs Ready

ATHENS - CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson says Gus Malzahn should be worried about Saturday’s game with Georgia.

The Tigers, who enter the weekend in control of their conference championship destiny, are considered 10-point favorites heading into the game. 

"If I were Gus Malzahn, I would want to play 10 other teams in the SEC rather than Georgia this week,” Danielson said. “I don't like the fact that Kirby Smart has faced me in big-time pressure games before. He is very attuned how to attack the Auburn offense.”

Kirby Smart’s defenses have faced Malzahn at Auburn six times, and the Tigers have averaged 25 points a game in those contests. Malzahn’s teams have managed about a touchdown more per game against non-Smart defenses. 

Time will tell if Smart’s defensive prowess in slowing Malzahn is directly related to coaching Alabama players versus coaching Georgia players. Still, Danielson said he’s impressed with what the Bulldogs have done on defense this fall. 

“If you look at Georgia's defense, they're really coming on with a lot of young athletes on the defensive line,” he said. “I think they tackle well at linebacker, and it should be a really tough game.”

Danielson adds that he expects UGA to be ready - even if the Bulldogs will host Auburn as the largest home underdog in 20 years in Sanford Stadium. 

“This would be a tremendous victory for Auburn if they can do it, and I know that Kirby Smart will have his team ready for this game."

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