Georgia hosts No. 9 Auburn in the 120th edition of the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” on Saturday, and the Bulldogs, a huge underdog in this game, will be looking to play spoiler and up end the Tigers’ season before the Iron Bowl.
Without much else to play for this season other than a bowl bid, Georgia (5-4, 3-4 SEC) is on the hunt for a signature win for Kirby Smart in his first year as coach. For Auburn (7-2, 5-1), the game is a potential stepping-stone to bigger and better things. A Tigers win on Saturday would send them to the Iron Bowl with a one-loss SEC record, putting them an Alabama upset away from a trip to the SEC championship game.
Georgia vs. Auburn game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
Weather: 62 and sunny
The spread: Auburn is favored by 10.5 points
What TV channel is Georgia vs. Auburn on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch Georgia vs. Auburn online?
You can stream the game online through CBSSports.com and through the CBS Sports app.
Who is calling the game?
The play-by-play duties will be handled by Uncle Verne himself, Verne Lundquist. As always, Gary Danielson is paired with Lundquist and will provide color commentary. Allie LaForce will report from the sidelines.
Georgia vs. Auburn keys to the game
Kamryn Pettway’s injury status: The central cog in Auburn’s offense is SEC-leading rusher Kamryn Pettway. He’s a bruising back between the tackles who can turn on the jets and hit the second level for big gains. It’s a deadly combo. But Pettway was injured in Auburn’s win over Vanderbilt, and Gus Malzahn has been noncommittal when discussing his status for Georgia. On Thursday, Malzahn contradicted offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on how much Pettway participated in drills this week to muddy the waters further. If he doesn’t suit up for the Tigers, Georgia’s chance at an upset may get a small boost. But Kerryon Johnson is a former starter and a capable back himself.
Georgia’s O-line: Sometimes the line hasn’t given Jacob Eason enough time to make his reads. Sometimes it hasn’t opened holes for Nick Chubb or Sony Michel. A few times it’s been both. If the Georgia line plays like it has at points this season, say, like it did against Florida, the Auburn defense won’t have a problem limiting the Bulldogs.
Sean White: Another banged-up Tiger is Auburn’s starting quarterback. The sophomore is nursing a shoulder injury and probably won’t be at 100 percent by Saturday. While that may seem like a blessing for Georgia, it could be a curse. Auburn has given up 16 sacks this season, but without as much arm strength, White likely will throw more short, quick passes, giving Georgia’s pass rush less time to get to him. Still, UGA’s pass rush has improved a lot since the season began, and Saturday would be a prime time to show just how far it’s come.