Bulldogs may be part of black-out for showdown

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's seniors are calling on all Bulldog fans to wear black between the hedges Saturday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt asked fans to wear black to Saturday's game vs. Auburn after players requested it.  Associated Press
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Georgia coach Mark Richt asked fans to wear black to Saturday's game vs. Auburn after players requested it.

Will the players be part of the black-out, too?

There's plenty of speculation that Georgia will don black uniforms for its crucial Southeastern Conference game against Auburn, though coach Mark Richt scoffed at the notion of giving up the team's traditional red jerseys on such short notice.

"It's hard to order up jerseys in a week's time," he said. "That's impossible."

Still, it's an intriguing idea to consider, and Georgia wouldn't be the first team to break out new uniforms in hopes of getting an emotional boost. Notre Dame is well known for switching to green jerseys for some of its biggest games.

"We probably should go with some black jerseys," said linebacker Marcus Washington , quickly getting into the spirit.

Don't count on it, said cornerback Asher Allen .

"You ain't ever going to see that happen," he said.

Taking up a request from the seniors, Richt asked all Georgia fans to wear black to the game instead of their usual red. Coca-Cola jumped on the bandwagon, announcing it would print up 5,000 black T-shirts to be distributed to students on the day of the game.

"I'm just doing what the seniors asked me to do," Richt said. "They wanted me to encourage the Bulldog Nation to wear black. When I asked them why, they said, 'We think it would be cool.' I think it would be a very good sign of unity."

HOME NOT SO SWEET: The Deep South's oldest rivalry also has one of the strangest quirks: the home-field disadvantage.

Georgia has beaten Auburn only three times in their past 15 meetings at Sanford Stadium. Conversely, the Bulldogs are 9-5-2 in their past 16 trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Richt prefers to look at the series in the shorter term.

"If you go by history, we're won one of the last two times we've played here," he said, referring to a 26-7 victory in 2003. "Fifty percent. That's pretty good."

Georgia receiver Mohamed Massaquoi said he doesn't worry about the past.

"Each week is its own individual week," he said. "You can't go back and look at what happened before. It doesn't help what's going on now.""

STAT CORNER: This is the 111th meeting between Auburn and Georgia, making it one of just 23 series in the country that have been played at least 100 times.

Minnesota and Wisconsin lead the way with 116 games between them. Auburn-Georgia is tied with Oregon-Oregon State for the seventh most.

THEY SAID IT: "He's nothing but a faithful warrior to this program." -- Richt on senior running back Thomas Brown , who hopes to play this week after missing the last two games with a broken collarbone.

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