This season's clash with Florida is just another game for Georgia. Well, sort of.
"We are going to treat it like any other week believe it or not. We are going to get a good plan together and play it," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
Richt leads Georgia into this year's Florida game with the chance to do something that no other Georgia coach has ever done. Richt can wrap up a spot in the SEC title game with a win over the Gators.
Georgia has never been in this situation before. The Dawgs have beaten Florida numerous times to clinch the share of the SEC title before. But since 1992, when the SEC title game was put in place, Georgia has never played in it's state capital for the SEC championship.
"We've played other big games through this year and I think that the players will maintain their focus. We know what is at stake and we know what it has taken to get us to this point. I don't think that we are going to stray away from that very much," added Richt.
Most of the season Georgia has used a solid defense with great special teams play as their formula for success. But recently it seems that the Dawgs have added another traditional Georgia weapon: its offense.
Without three star players, Georgia crushed a game Kentucky team last week in Lexington. However, Richt and company are focusing on the difficult task at hand, beating Florida.
"It's a game that we have to win. It's a game that (in recent history) Georgia has not faired very well in. We've won one time in 12 years. I know that the players and I understand that. It's going to take all that we have to win," said Richt.
In addition to the recent history of this series, Richt said that Florida has one more advantage going into this week's game. The Gators have had two full weeks to prepare for the Georgia game.
"They are a little more rested than we are right now," said Richt. He went on to say that last year's week off made Florida superior to the Dawgs.
"They made us look pretty slow in my opinion," commented Richt on Florida's rest.
Even with the break that Florida got in the off week, the Gators have made headlines this week. But the headlines have not been positive ones. From trash talking all the way to reports of spousal abuse, Florida might be coming unraveled.
But the only headline that matters is the one in Sunday's Jacksonville Times-Union?
Will it say "Gators Chop" or "Dawgs are champs"?
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