With a win against Auburn on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs can ensure themselves a spot in the SEC championship game.
The Bulldogs are ranked fifth in the BCS behind undefeated Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame and would clinch the SEC East division title with a win against the Tigers.
If any of those undefeated teams slip up in the next few weeks, Georgia could sneak into the national title picture. Last Saturday the team beat Ole Miss 37-10 beind a big game from quarterback Aaron Murray.
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"There was so much at stake, so I didn't think there was any way we would not take this game seriously," coach Mark Richt said to the Associated Press. "It's hard to get as emotional for any game like we did against Florida. That game was bursting with emotions. Mentally, we were ready to play, but this one was not quite as emotional."
Murray had four touchdown passes and freshman Todd Gurley rushed for 117 yards, the sixth time he has done that this season, according to the Associated Press.
"We are going to be extremely focused this week," Murray said. "There's so much on the line, and getting back to Atlanta has been our goal all year."
A win against Auburn would ensure the Bulldogs a place in the SEC title game in Atlanta.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity we have," said senior wide receiver Tavarres King. "This is what we wanted, an opportunity to go back to the (Georgia) Dome."
The matchup against Auburn seems like an easy contest, considering the Tigers are only 2-7, but the team would love nothing more than to derail the hopes of Georgia.
"We're one game away from our goal of winning the Eastern Division," Richt said. "We've got a lot of work to do between now and then. It's never easy going to Auburn. They'll be playing out of their minds. We've got to be prepared for that."
The Tigers have fallen hard after winning the national championship two years ago behind Heisman-winning quarterback Cam Newton. The team is still looking or its first win in the conference of the season.
"I told the guys 'Get your mind right, right now," Richt said. "We know they're capable of knocking us off."
Head coach Gene Chizik is on the hot seat and could lose his job if the team doesn't win at least one of its final three games. Following Georgia, Auburn still plays Alabama A&M and finishes the season against No. 1 ranked Alabama.
Last Saturday quarterback Jonathan Wallace made his first start of the season and led the team to a 42-7 win against New Mexico State.
"I think that our team has confidence in him," coach Gene Chizik said. "I think that he'll gain more confidence as the games go on and he gets a little more playing time. I think that the spark that he can bring to our football team with some things that he can do and obviously improve on, I think will be big as we move forward."
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