November 9, 2004
Auburn, AL.-- Auburn defensive tackle Jay Ratliff grew up right in the heart of Georgia Bulldog country. "Mostly everyone is a Georgia fan. They tease my mother, my brother and my father all the time about being an Auburn fan," Ratliff said.
The Valdosta native is hoping the teasing will stop after Saturday. Auburn's matchup with Georgia is dubbed the deep south's oldest rivarly, but for Ratliff, Albany's Troy Reddick and Douglas native Danny Lindsey, it's deep south Georgia that has them fired up to play Saturday.
"I've been a whole lot more intense this week, especially since it's my whole mindset. I want to do well this game, have my best game of the year this game. That's my goal," Ratliff said.
"I'ts a very big game and we're not out of the woods yet. Sure we secured a lock in the SEC Championship but we got to have this win because we've got big plans this season," Reddick said.
"Me being from the state of Georgia, it's a big game for me. But I'm trying not to look at it as any other type of game except a game that we had to play no matter where we had to play it," Lindsey said.
But it's hard to ignore that Saturday's matchup isn't just another game. For the Tigers a win would keep their undefeated season and hopes for a national title alive.
And perhaps just as important, after back to back losses to the Bulldogs it would give this trio of South Georgians something to smile about in their respective hometowns.
"It would be nice to go back home and hold my head up high and have my family hold their heads up high too. So, this game means a whole lot to me," Ratliff added.
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