ATHENS - OK, we have definitely arrived in the holiday season. All we need is a little snow here at Sanford Stadium, where it feels cold enough for that to happen, even though there isn't a cloud in the sky.
The fact that as I type this I see Georgia Tech players out on the field warming up in shorts does not dissuade me. Those guys are nuts, clearly. And for those who care about such things, it appears the Yellow Jackets will be going with the gold pants and white jerseys today.
As for the Georgia Bulldogs, they have just completed their Dawg Walk, and are in the customary red jerseys and silver britches. The last person to walk through was Jarvis Jones, who in all probability is playing his last home game.
No major injury news yet: Keith Marshall is in uniform after being limited this week in practice with a sore shoulder. Head coach Mark Richt said earlier in the week that Marshall will play. Guard Chris Burnette is also set to play after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury.
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Here are a few pregame thoughts from my spot in the press box:
1. Maybe it's clean old-fashioned hate. But how bitter of a rivalry you consider this to be depends on your own perspective. But I tend to believe that the team doesn't need Joe Tereshinki to pump up the troops on the Monday of Florida week.
2. This game obviously means too much to Georgia to play around. But I'm sure the team would love to get a comfortable lead and let Richard Samuel have a nice moment. The other scholarship seniors is set to start or play key minutes, except for the injured Marlon Brown and Abry Jones - who will be announced with their classmates.
3. There are a bunch of key recruits here, most notably linebacker Rueben Foster, whose commitment to Auburn may be dicey because of the coaching situation. I'm sure the Georgia coaches will remind every recruit how warm it usually is in the deep South.
They just honored the seniors on this, well, Senior Day. The two biggest ovations were for safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams. Also notable that junior linebacker Rueben Faloughi walked with the seniors, an indication that he may be calling it a career. Faloughi came to the team as a walk-on and is academically a senior.