"It seems like there is a different spirit this year than there has been other years," Richt said. "It just feels more like a real close-knit family or a stronger connection between the fans and the team this year. I'm not trying to say it was ever bad, but especially after that blackout thing, it was a pretty awesome sight."
The Bulldogs will arrive at Bobby Dodd Stadium about 1:40 p.m. and enter through Gate 10. The players travel to Atlanta today and will visit the Shepherd Spinal Center (offense) and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (defense) this afternoon before checking into the team hotel.
SCOREBOARD WATCHING: Georgia's players probably will know whether or not they are going to the SEC championship game by halftime of Saturday's game against Georgia Tech. The Tennessee-Kentucky game, in which Georgia needs the Wildcats to knock off the frontrunner Volunteers, kicks off at 1:30 p.m., two hours before the Bulldogs' game.
Whatever the result of that game, Richt will try to use it to motivate his team at halftime in Atlanta, he said.
"I don't know how somebody telling us at halftime would affect us if Kentucky wins or loses," he said. "We might get excited and play better, we might get mad and play better. That's how I would try to spin it anyway."
QUOTABLE: "This is right up there with the 2005 team. It's pretty similar because at the beginning of the seasons nobody gave us a chance. They said we were too young and not mature enough, but we fought and we weathered our adversity. We just built a bunch of character. Playing with this bunch of guys is unbelievable." – senior wide receiver Sean Bailey