Auburn Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia put the finishing touches on its game plan for Saturday's renewal of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry with a 90-minute practice on Thursday. The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3 SEC) play host to 25th-ranked Auburn (7-3, 3-3 SEC) Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Richt told members of the media prior to practice he hopes Georgia can have a strong finish to the season, similar to 2006 when the Bulldogs won their final three games starting with a 37-15 win at No. 5 Auburn.

"I think there are definitely some parallels and similarities," Richt said of the 2009 team compared to the 2006 team. "It's not exactly the same, and we don't know how it's all going to finish. As you are looking for something to build on or looking for something to put in front of your team to tell them that you can do it, you want to grab those positive comparisons."

Richt also noted that Thursday was the best weather-day of the week after rain and wind moved through the Athens area Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Tuesday was rainy and yesterday was windy," Richt said. "I don't know if we threw it and caught it as well as you would hope but we definitely got in all the work we needed. We had great tempo, but today should be a good day to sharpen up our throwing and catching."

Georgia is aiming for its fourth straight win over Auburn for the first time since winning five straight from 1944-48. A win on Saturday would also give the Bulldogs two straight home wins over the Tigers for the first time since 1973 and 1975. This will be the 113th meeting between Georgia and Auburn.

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