Pregame notes: Big John suits up

semerson@macon.comNovember 3, 2012 

ATHENS - It's a beautiful, cloudless day here at Sanford Stadium, although a bit colder than expected. Still, it should be a great day for some football.

Here's the news on the injury front for Georgia:

- Nose tackle John Jenkins is in uniform. Jenkins missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, but head coach Mark Richt expressed confidence that Jenkins would play.

- On the other hand, outside linebacker Chase Vasser (shoulder injury) isn't in uniform. And as expected fullback Merritt Hall (ankle) is out, so Zander Ogletree will be th eifrst teamer.

Elsewhere on the injury front, we knew that receiver Michael Bennett (ACL surgery) is out for the season, and defensive end Abry Jones (ankle surgery) is likely out until the postseason.

PREGAME THOUGHT: Most of this week I've thought that the more dangerous game for Georgia was at Auburn, because it's not at home and it's a rivalry game. But events at Auburn are changing my mind on that.

I didn't think Auburn could be this bad, this flat. But there you go. The Tigers are barely beating New Mexico State at halftime. If they're going to struggle that much with a 1-7 team from the WAC, then home-field advantage and rivalry implications shouldn't be enough to make next week's game close. Then again, you never know. But it sure seems like Auburn is close to mentally folding up, if it hasn't already.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, comes in with momentum. It doesn't have close to the same talent as Georgia, but it's got enough confidence that if the Bulldogs let the Rebels stick around, this could get interesting.

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Some other pregame notes:

- The referee for the game will be Ken Williamson. I haven't heard of him, which is probably a good thing.

- Georgia has defeated Ole Miss nine times in a row.

Follow Seth Emerson at @sethemerson.

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