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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET12:00 AM GMT8:00 AM 北京时间5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST, Nov. 10, 2018
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia  Attendance: 92,746

No. 5 Georgia can't afford to overlook Auburn

Auburn Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs

  1. Georgia holds a slight 58-56-8 advantage in the all-time series with Auburn, and has won four of the last five and 10 of 13, including the SEC Championship Game last season in Atlanta. The Bulldogs have won five straight in Athens dating back to 2007, their longest home win streak in a series that dates back to 1892.
  2. Auburn beat Texas A&M, 28-24, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The win marked the Tigers' largest fourth-quarter comeback since October 2013 at Texas A&M, when they overcame a 34-24 deficit to win, 45-41.
  3. Seth Williams caught two touchdown passes in the win over A&M, including the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter. Williams becomes the first Auburn freshman with multiple touchdown catches in a game since Ronney Daniels had four such games in 1999.
  4. Georgia defeated Kentucky, 34-17, to clinch the SEC East in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2011 & 2012. The Bulldogs outrushed the Wildcats, 331-84, their largest rushing advantage since outrushing Kentucky 381-124 last season. Georgia has rushed for 300+ yards in seven conference games over the last five seasons, third most in the SEC in that span (Auburn and LSU, eight each).
  5. D'Andre Swift rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns against Kentucky, becoming the first Georgia underclassman with 150+ rushing yards and two scores since Nick Chubb did so as a sophomore on September 19, 2015.

ATHENS, Ga. -- A year after they met in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, Auburn and No. 5 Georgia enter Saturday's game in Athens on different paths.

The Bulldogs are heading down a familiar one. Georgia is going back to Atlanta as the SEC East champs, a date with top-ranked Alabama already assured.

Auburn, meanwhile, comes in at 6-3 with seemingly more questions than head coach Gus Malzahn has answers.

So much so that Georgia opened as a 14 1/2-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com, although Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart knows the last thing his team can do is overlook their long-time rival.

Kickoff at Sanford Stadium is set for 7 p.m. (ESPN).

"It's a rivalry game. I mean so many of our kids were recruited by them and so many vice versa. It's always a rivalry game, and I think that a big part of that is being at your best when your best is needed," Smart said. "The challenge for our guys. We're playing at home, at night, in our stadium, which I think is really important to our fans, important to our players to protect our home turf, and we want to put our best effort forward."

However, it's not all about having bragging rights with a longtime foe.

Georgia (8-1, 6-1) likely needs to win its three remaining regular-season games and beat Alabama in the SEC Championship to get back to the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row.

Just ask Bulldogs running back Elijah Holyfield.

"We have enough motivation with what we have going this year," Holyfield said. "We have a chance to play for many more things down the road and we are just looking forward to playing the game Saturday against a good team, executing and playing our best."

Auburn (6-3, 3-3) would love nothing more to avenge last year's loss to the Bulldogs in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and take some of the recent heat off its head coach, Gus Malzahn.

The Tigers are coming off a comeback 28-24 victory over Texas A&M, but Malzahn feels his Auburn squad has to play even better to have a shot against the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Running the ball better would help.

The Tigers rank an uncharacteristic 13th out of 14 teams in the SEC in rushing offense, averaging just 120.8 yards per game. The Bulldogs are tied for fourth in rushing defense, giving up 137 yards per contest, but are coming off a game that saw the defense holding SEC leading rusher Benny Snell of Kentucky to just 73 yards.

"We're not happy at all with the rushing numbers," Malzahn said. "Everybody here knows that. There's a lot of things that we need to work on and correct and we will continue to do that."

Georgia, meanwhile, hopes the experience it gained last year pays off with another successful conclusion to its latest football campaign.

"What helps is playing well, and your play is reflected by your behaviors, which are your actions in practice. And it all boils back down to that," Smart said. "We can make it psychological all we want, but at the end of the day it's how you work during the week, what are your behaviors in practice, and your behaviors lead to playing better, and that's what we're trying to do right now is play better."

Updated November 6, 2018

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