The Bulldogs did what they needed against Florida last week in what henceforth shall be known as the Hot Potato Bowl, but it wasn't pretty. The game produced more ugly turnovers than a remedial pastry class.
Credit Georgia's resurgent defense for Florida's sloppiness. After a public chewing out by safety Shawn Williams leading up to the game, the Bulldogs were relentless.
Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones' performance alone was enough to help earn him semifinalist status for two national awards, the Maxwell and the Bednarik.
The next step for Georgia's emotional squad, heading into Saturday's Homecoming game against Mississippi, is to provoke fewer yellow hankies from the officials, Mark Weiszer reports for the Morris News Service. The Dawgs drew 14 penalties for 132 yards against Florida.
“I don’t want to lose intensity,” coach Mark Richt was quoted saying about the Florida game. “You want intensity with discipline. I didn’t want to slow down anybody’s ability to keep their blood hot.”
Against Ole Miss, the heavily favored Bulldogs need to avoid a letdown. The Associated Press reports that Georgia's won its last nine outings against Mississippi, and the 5-3 Rebels haven't won three in a row since 2009.
For his part, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze would prefer his team didn't do anything to rile up the already motivated Bulldogs.
"I don't think our players would even think to do that at the point we're at," Freeze said in a Chattanooga Times Free Press story. "We know we're still young and short on depth. Every game we play is going to be a great challenge for us regardless of who it is. It would shock me if our kids would do anything but tell the truth about how they view Georgia, which is that they're a fine football team."
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