The Good, the Bad, The Injuries

Josh Kendall takes a look back at the Kentucky game and a look forward at Auburn.

Georgia 62, Kentucky 17

The good: Freshman running back Thomas Brown continued to shine. He had career-highs in yards (130) and touchdowns (three) and his workload may increase this week since regular starter Danny Ware is questionable.

"It could be a situation where he gets an awful lot if Danny can't go," Coach Mark Richt said, "but it won't be like we won't have anybody else to go to but Thomas."

Michael Cooper, who had five carries for 16 yards, and one fumble, against Kentucky, probably would be the No. 2 tailback.

The bad: The Bulldogs almost had a very good day Saturday. After their big victory, Southern California, Oklahoma, California and Texas -- all of whom are ranked ahead of Georgia in at least one of the major polls -- came very close to being upset before surviving. All four of those team's losing could have pushed the Bulldogs as high as No. 3 in the nation and into the BCS top five. A close call like that would have been much tougher for the team to take if it had happened a couple weeks ago, Richt said.

"Early on, after we lost to Tennessee, it seemed like we were looking and hoping every week for something," he said. "After about a week or two of that, we just said, 'Forget about it.' After beating Kentucky, we were just 100 percent focused on getting ready for Auburn. Not to say we weren't aware of it, but, after a week or two of hoping this or that, you just say, 'There's nothing we can really do about it, let's just go out and play.'"

The injuries: Georgia is hoping safety Thomas Davis and Ware can play this week. Both have knee and ankle sprains. Davis appears more likely than Ware to go, since he missed Saturday's game and was thought last week to be a sure thing to play against Auburn.

"I sure hope (he's playing)," Richt said. "He went out of town this weekend. We have not seen him (Sunday). We'll see him (Monday) morning and try to get a better feel."

Ware hurt himself against the Wildcats, and the Bulldogs are less certain about the extent of his injuries. Running back Tyson Browning (ankle) and fullback Des Williams (shoulder) both missed the Kentucky game but should be ready to play this week, Richt said. Tackle Dennis Roland suffered a mild ankle sprain against the Wildcats but is considered probable.

Notable: Auburn's Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the SEC in rushing. Williams is averaging 95.8 yards per game, and Brown is averaging 86.1 yards per game.

"I've never seen (a pair) as good as these guys, not as a coach," Richt said. "I think I've seen some on TV as a kid growing up. The Pony Express (at SMU) was a pretty good duo, but these two are as good as any I can remember."

Up next: Georgia plays No. 3 Auburn (9-0, 6-0) in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS.

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