SHREVEPORT, LA (WALB) - The Georgia Bulldogs are hoping to end a somewhat disappointing season on a positive note. The 7-5 Bulldogs will take on 6-6 Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl.
The Bulldogs arrived in Shreveport, LA on Thursday and Friday the team had its' first practice inside of Independence Stadium. The team practiced again Saturday and will have a final walk through on Sunday before Monday's game. Most odds makers have Georgia as a 7 point favorite but the Bulldogs say the Aggies present a real challenge with one of the country's most potent offenses.
"They're so diverse offensively. They do so many things and so many things well, they've got a ton of play makers and defensively they've got a bunch of guys flying around knocking the heck out of people" said head coach Mark Richt.
"They're a great team. They're a team that has definitely come on strong towards the end of the year. They've been playing very well on both sides of the ball and it's definitely a huge challenge" said QB Joe Cox.
The Georgia defense has been preparing for the Aggies without a full deck of cards.
The Bulldogs fired defensive coordinator Willie Martinez on December 2nd along with linebackers coach John Jancek and defensive ends and special teams coach Jon Fabriss. All three chose not to coach in Monday's game against Texas A&M.
"It's been tough. It's certainly not been normal by any stretch but I'll tell you are players have done a great job of responding to our coaching and I'm proud of them for that" said Richt.
Georgia and Texas A&M kick off at 5:00 on Monday.