Looking ahead

For the first time since 1969, the Georgia Bulldogs find themselves in the middle of a three-game stretch against ranked Southeastern Conference opponents.

While each stop doubles as a national championship elimination game for the Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC), head coach Mark Richt said Sunday at his weekly teleconference that "right now, we're concentrating on the LSU game period".

               

Coming off of a 24-14 homecoming victory over SEC east rival Vanderbilt, the Dawgs hit the road protecting the No. 9 ranking in the nation.

               

Senior linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, senior tight end Tripp Chandler and junior split end Kris Durham have missed the past two contests due to injury. Richt hopes to have all three back on the field for Saturday afternoon's affair.

               

With concerns on depth and the weathering of players as the season draws on, coach Richt announced that he will be pulling the reigns back on full-contact practice this week.

               

"Right now, we're thin up front offensively, and we're not that deep up front on defense either," said Richt. "We have to be careful how much we run in to each other in practice. We'll taper down the amount of contact and get ourselves fresh. We want to get to the game without losing anybody. This is about the time you have to be careful."

               

The offensive line has been the most suspect, where Georgia has been forced to play four different starting combinations as a result of injuries.

               

Despite youth and inexperience marring the boys from Athens, the Vanderbilt game marked the second outing in a row that the Bulldogs did not concede a sack.

               

On the opposite side, the defense for the Bulldogs has been stellar against the ground attack, which has been one of the Tigers’ strong suits thus far.

               

Through seven games, the most production the Georgia defense has allowed on the ground was the 129 yards conceded in the blowout loss to Alabama, where they also allowed four rushing touchdowns.

               

The front line rotation took a hit on Sunday as defensive tackle Brandon Wood has been suspended by Richt for the LSU game, stemming from an arrest on DUI related charges this past weekend. He has 10 tackles and seven quarterback hurries on the season.

               

Georgia will head to Baton Rouge riding the shoulders of their two playmakers, junior quarterback Matthew Stafford and sophomore running back Knowshon Moreno.

               

Stafford is 124-of-203 for 1,697 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.

               

Moreno has carried the ball 128 times for 762 yards and 11 touchdowns.

               

Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm on Saturday in Tiger Stadium and it will be televised by CBS.


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