Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Notebook; Excitement, Tension in the Air around Georgia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Notebook; Excitement, Tension in the Air around Georgia

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Byline: Don Coble

There are billboards all around Atlanta and Athens, Ga., boasting the same message: "BeatBama."

On the Georgia campus, local police already are warning of heavy traffic and parking problems since many of the school's lots have been closed by flooding. The crush is expected to be so big the school has urged anyone without a ticket for the Alabama game to stay away from the campus.

After coasting in their first four games against teams without a winning record, the Bulldogs finally get a chance to make a statement in the SEC on Saturday against Alabama. The atmosphere around Georgia has been nothing short of frenzied.

The importance of the game is not lost on either team as they prepare for the 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Sanford Stadium.

"A lot of people have been excited about this for a while, at least that's what I hear," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I know we're excited because we're playing them this week."

"Any time you play what is arguably one of the best teams in the country - Georgia - based on what they've been able to do over the past four games, and I'm talking about a total complete team," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said.

The eighth-ranked Bulldogs need the win to take control of the SEC East. No. 13 Alabama needs it to keep from falling to 0-2 in league play.

The key for the Crimson Tide will be the front seven, especially LB Reuben Foster and DE Jarran Reed, and how they play against Georgia RB Nick Chubb.

"The best seven in America," Chubb said. "They haven't allowed anyone to rush for 100 yards on them this year. We've had over 200 yards in the last couple games and we're doing a great job running the ball and throwing the ball."

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