The Bulldogs have managed to keep Thomas Brown, Danny Ware and Kregg Lumpkin happy, at least publicly, this season. Although Lumpkin is the hottest back, having gained 74 yards in the last game, Brown may continue to be the team's starter. Brown is running very well, running backs coach Kirby Smart said, and the Bulldogs' coaches trust him more than any other running back to hold onto the football. Lumpkin, though, will get plenty of chances to continue his momentum. "Kregg definitely helped his cause in terms of us wanting to get him in the game," Coach Mark Richt said. Georgia is third in the SEC in rushing offense (158.7 per game), and LSU is second in the conference and fifth in the nation in rush defense (90.8 per game).
Before the season, LSU's backfield was compared to Georgia's because the Tigers had three starter-quality backs. However, that ended when Alley Broussard was lost before the season due to injury. LSU has held up just fine with Joseph Addai and Justin Vincent. Vincent rushed for 201 yards against the Bulldogs in the 2003 SEC Championship Game, but he's the backup this year. "Joseph Addai is we think maybe the best all-around back we've played," Richt said. Addai has rushed for 774 yards on 161 carries, and Vincent has 467 on 111. Overall, the Tigers are fourth in the SEC in rushing with 146.6 yards per game. Georgia's rush defense, which is sixth in the league, gives up just 128.5 per game.