Earlier in the day, Richt held his weekly press session where he discussed Saturday's matchup with South Carolina.
"There are key games for everybody early on that set the tone, the tempo and the confidence level for a team," Richt said. "This game has been that one for us in recent history. The winner goes to a New Year's Day bowl, the loser doesn't. When we've won this game, we've finished with 10 wins; when we've lost, we've finished with eight wins. When you win a game like this, it helps you take off."
Kick-off for Saturday's game is slated for 5:30 p.m. ET, and the contest will be televised nationally by ESPN.