The Good, The Bad, and The Injuries

Josh Kendall takes a look at the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Injuries from the Tech Game.

THE GOOD: Georgia's running game is coming along just in time to help the Bulldogs hold off some of LSU's pass rush. Freshman Kregg Lumpkin, who had just one carry for no yards in the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Tigers, led Georgia with 64 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against Georgia Tech on Saturday. However, Coach Mark Richt indicated Sunday that Lumpkin is unlikely to overtake sophomore Michael Cooper as the Bulldogs' starter this week as long as Cooper is healthy. Running back Tyson Browning will also continue to get carries, Richt said. "I don't see one guy above another right now," he said. "I see a group of guys who are all going to play, and hopefully they'll continue to improve as a group." Overall, the Bulldogs rushed for 106 yards against the Yellow Jackets.

THE BAD: The Bulldogs' defense inexplicably lost its focus on Saturday. Georgia gave up a season-high 401 yards to a Georgia Tech offense that played one half without its starting quarterback. Only four Tech turnovers kept the Jackets from scoring more than their 17 points. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said his unit didn't play as hard or as smart as it had in the previous 11 games, and defensive end David Pollack admitted the Bulldogs lost their cool. That's not a good sign heading into what could be the most emotional game of the season. Georgia defenders committed five personal fouls against the Yellow Jackets.

THE UGLY: The ticket situation. If you don't have one now, and you're not very high on Georgia's contributor list, you better start looking on the Internet auction site e-Bay. Georgia's ticket office will contact season-ticket holders with information early this week but the tickets given to each school won't make it very far down the Bulldogs list of ticket holders.

THE INJURIES: Running back Michael Cooper and linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler are probable for Saturday's SEC Championship game, Richt said Sunday. Cooper twisted his ankle and Verdun Wheeler suffered a mild concussion in Saturday's win over Georgia Tech. "I think Cooper will play unless he has another setback," Richt said. Verdun Wheeler could return to practice as early as today. Offensive lineman Bartley Miller (shoulder), who has missed the last three games) and defensive lineman Kedric Golston (shoulder), who has missed the last six games, are expected to practice this week and could play against LSU. Defensive end Robert Geathers is questionable due to a deep thigh bruise. Defensive end David Pollack, who was limited Saturday due to turf toe and an ankle injury, and cornerback Bruce Thornton, who suffered ligament damage in his thumb against Tech, will play. Thornton will have to wear a cast or brace, Richt said.

NOTABLE: Saturday's game will mark the first time since 1947 and fifth time in school history Georgia has played an opponent twice in one season. The last time it happened, Georgia split a pair of games against North Carolina. It happened twice in 1943 as the Bulldogs lost to LSU twice and beat Presbyterian twice. The first time it happened was in 1895 when Georgia was beaten twice by the Tar Heels.

QUOTABLE: "I heard (Georgia's players) celebrated pretty good when they found out (Florida lost). I'm glad they were together when they heard." -- Coach Mark Richt, who didn't accompany his team back to Athens after Saturday's win and instead stayed in Atlanta to film his weekly coach's show.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs next game will be in a bowl. Which bowl will be determined by the outcome of the SEC Championship game. If Georgia beats LSU, it is guaranteed a BCS bowl, probably either the Fiesta or Rose. If the Bulldogs lose, Georgia can expect to go to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1. <

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