September 23, 2008
Athens - 3rd ranked Georgia's showdown with 8th ranked Alabama is shaping up to be one of the biggest games ever between the hedges of Sanford Stadium.
One reason why is the Bulldogs are calling for a blackout of Sanford Stadium by wearing the black jerseys.
The second is that ESPN Game Day is coming to town for the game.
And last but not least this is a battle of two unbeaten teams who are ranked in the top ten in the nation.
Unlike the Auburn game last year when Georgia first wore the black, the Bulldogs will not have the element of surprise.
The Bulldogs also know it will take more than jerseys to beat the Crimson Tide.
Head coach Mark Richt said "It won't necessarily make the difference between winning and losing. but if the crowd is a little bit louder because of it, it could make a difference."
Linebacker Rennie Curran said "It is going to be an awesome atmosphere. It is going to be high in emotion and high in intensity."
Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford said "It is a motivational thing. I think we feed on our fans. The last time we came out strong and we are excited about seeing it again."
ESPN Game Day will be located in the UGA Honors Residential Community Quad between Myers, Rutherford, Mary Lyndon and Soule Dormitories.
Tailgating will not open in the Quad until 1:00 p.m. this Saturday and only half of the area will be available due to the ESPN set and equipment.
The game starts at 7:45 p.m. Saturday night in Sanford Stadium.