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Georgia ready for emotional battle with Gators

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October 28, 2008

Athens - The Georgia-Florida game is always big.

Saturday's showdown in Jacksonville may be the biggest in this great Southeastern Conference rivalry.

While both the Dogs and Gators are avoiding questions about last year's celebration like Knowshon Moreno avoids would be tacklers, there is no question the Gators are using it as a motivational tool.

Both coaches know their teams will be emotionally ready for this game.

They don't want them too fired up where it could cost them the game.

After all the winner of Saturday's showdown will more than likely win the SEC's eastern division title.

Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford said "Before the Alabama game we were a little bit too excited. Guys were just so into what was going on. It is tough when Game Day is here and you are "blacking it out" and doing this and you are doing that. I think last week really helped us out. Playing a big time opponent in LSU at LSU. Understanding that is was going to be a big game. I think we did a really good job of focusing during the week and coming out playing with energy but executing our game plan and doing the right stuff on the field."

Georgia linebacker Darryl Gamble named the Bronko Nagurski National defensive player of the week.

The sophomore from Bainbridge had 13 tackles and returned two interceptions for Georgia touchdowns.