As usual, Auburn has stocked up on players from Georgia, with 20 on this year’s roster.
That group includes leading receiver Darvin Adams (Harrison), who leads the SEC with nine touchdown receptions, running back Mario Fannin (Lovejoy), who is averaging 8.2 yards a carry, cornerback Neiko Thorpe (Tucker), who has three career interceptions, and starting guard Byron Isom (Lovejoy).
Offensive linemen Ben Jones and Jonathan Owens are the only Georgia players from Alabama.
Sporting News wants Dogs-Noles
In an article in Wednesday's Sporting News Today, a daily e-mail newspaper, staff writer Dave Curtis compiled a list of 10 bowl-game matchups he would like to see this year. At No. 3: Georgia vs. Florida State in the Music City Bowl.
"Bobby Bowden and Mark Richt clashed in a Sugar Bowl when both teams seemed on an uptick," Curtis wrote. "Now, they'd both stumble into a lower-tier game, with fans of the 'Noles and 'Dawgs clamoring for change. Let the Richt-to-FSU speculation begin."
The last sentence is interesting considering that Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher already has been selected to replace Bowden when he retires.
Georgia defeated Florida State 26-13 in the 2003 Sugar Bowl, the only time Richt has faced his mentor and former boss.
McCalebb might miss game
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said freshman running back Onterio McCalebb, who has missed the past two weeks with a sprained ankle, also might miss Saturday's game.
“We’ll have to play it by ear,” Chizik said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday.
McCalebb is Auburn’s second-leading rusher with 464 yards.
Green looks like Green
Richt said the Bulldogs haven't been able to "throw and catch" much in this week's rainy and windy conditions, but he's happy to see receiver A.J. Green practicing.
Green missed last week’s game with a bruised lung.
“A.J. looks like A.J. Green, which is a very good thing,” Richt said.
“He might be a little more fresh than he would have been because we really didn’t let him exert hardly at all because of that injury.”