“We could tear them down, I personally believe, from the start”

Georgia is unlikely to have its best defensive lineman in Jalen Carter as he deals with an MCL injury. That appears to have emboldened Auburn ahead of Saturday’s game.

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Auburn center Brandon Council spoke to reporters Wednesday at Auburn and made it clear how the Tigers could beat Georgia in Athens for the first time since the 2005 season.

“I believe they are capable of, like, their third forfeit,” The council said. “They had some interior stunts that get in the way of the running game, but we’re going to start fast. If you start fast, throw the ball at them and keep them out of their third down forfeits, really, we could tear them down, I personally believe, up front.

The board added that the plan is for Auburn to start early Saturday against Georgia. Auburn has held double-digit leads in each of its last two SEC games, only for the Tigers to cough up those two leads. Auburn lost 21-17 last week at home to LSU.

“Our goal is to go out there as a SWAT team,” the Council said. “Come in, silence the noise, get out.”

Auburn is a 30-point underdog against the No. 2 Bulldogs. Even without Carter, the Georgia defensive line has consistently performed well so far this season. An ankle injury limited Carter to just 36 snaps over the last four games before injuring his knee against Missouri. The Bulldogs have the No. 12 leading defense in the nation at this point in the season.

Georgia will rely more on Zion Logue, Warren Brinson, Nazir Stackhouse and Bill Norton this week without Carter. Georgia is also likely to use freshman Bear Alexander more often as Carter.

“When he knows what he’s doing, sometimes he can be as disruptive as Jalen,” defensive lineman Zion Logue said. “When he finds out and learns a bit more about defense, he’ll be really good.”

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows there’s a lot of passion in this rivalry game, given his time as a player in Georgia. He mentioned the intensity of the rivalry in his opening comments to the media this week.

“The lore and history of this game is pretty amazing,” Smart said. “I think when you talk about one of the oldest rivalries in college football, it’s always been a game that I know, as a player, I was looking forward to playing. They were great games between the two teams. , and our guys are looking forward to playing at home in front of a delirious audience, good atmosphere.

“I expect our fans to show up and give us an electric atmosphere to play against a good Auburn football team.”

It’s not the first time under Smart that Auburn has said something provocative about Georgia, with Gus Malzahn joking that Auburn “fucked the shit out of them” after the league meeting. 2017 regular season. Georgia got revenge in the SEC Championship Game that same season and hasn’t lost to Auburn since Malzahn uttered those words.

Georgia beat Auburn 34-10 last season. Saturday’s game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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