The 12th-ranked Dawgs continued preparations for the SEC Championship game with a two-hour practice Wednesday in clear conditions and the temperature hovering around 40 degrees.
“The colder it is, the faster they practice,” said coach Mark Richt. “It seems like there’s more incentive to get it done, even during our breaks, guys wanted to keep moving.”
Wednesday’s session was the last practice in pads this week. Thursday’s workout will be in jerseys, shorts and helmets, and the team will have another walk-through in the Georgia Dome Friday. After opening the season in the Georgia Dome, the Dawgs know what the conditions will be like for Saturday’s tilt with the top-ranked Tigers.
“It will be warm and humid in there, we know it was last time and some guys were cramping,” said Richt. “There will be a lot of fans again and plenty of noise to go around.”
Georgia (10-2, 7-1 SEC) is riding a 10-game winning streak while No. 1 LSU is undefeated at 12-0 (8-0 SEC). This will be the third time the programs meet in an SEC Championship game with LSU emerging with a victory in 2003 and the Dawgs claiming the 2005 conference crown. The all-time series favors LSU 15-12-1 with the last meeting coming in 2009, a 20-13 Tiger win in Athens.
One topic that Richt did not address Wednesday was Georgia’s tailbacks.
“I don’t want to talk about tailbacks; there are no good answers, so I’m not going to answer any today. We’ll talk about that after the game,” Richt added.
Richt did confirm Georgia would be wearing its regular red jerseys and silver britches Saturday. LSU is the home team, and the Tigers wear their white jerseys when they are at home. Consequently, the Dawgs can wear their home red jerseys too.
Saturday’s kickoff in Atlanta is set for 4 p.m., and the contest will be televised nationally on CBS.