Auburn Expects Tough Challenge in Showdown With Rival Georgia

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Updated: 11/12/2013 11:49 pm
Auburn is the biggest surprise team in the SEC this season.
After failing to win a league game last year, they're 5-1 in the SEC this season.
The Tigers are racing to get to the SEC Championship game, but they've got to get past their old rival Georgia this weekend.
Even though injuries have hit Georgia hard this season, you get the impression that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn thinks the Dawgs are still really good.
"They're extremely talented. They've got a lot of talent. Very talented team. They're talented. I mean they're very talented."
Auburn has a talented quarterback in Nick Marshall. 
He started his career at Georgia before getting kicked off the team.
And now on Saturday, he'll try to beat his former team.
Said Malzahn,"He's familiar with them no doubt. But if he holds true to past experiences this year, he doesn't get too high or too low. Not much really rattles him. He stays pretty calm in the moment."
Gotta to be tough playing defense for Auburn because their offense scores so fast. 
Against Tennessee, the Tigers had three touchdown drives that lasted only two plays. 

Said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson,"It can be a problem if you are having some adjustments or something that needs to be made. But anytime you are scoring quickly, to me that's not a problem."
But Ellis Johnson says his defense will have to make a big transition from Tennessee to Georgia.
"When you go from playing probably the most  inexperienced quarterback starting in the league right now in the Vols Joshua Dobbs, to probably the most experienced quarterback in the league in Georgia's Aaron Murray, then that's going to be an issue."
Added Malzahn,"He has got great experience. He has been in big games. Handles pressure well. It's all of the above, and he's mobile enough to hurt you with his feet too."
A healthy Todd Gurley will only make Murray more effective.
Said Johnson,"Probably may be the most physical back in the league."
Said Malzahn,"He's tough to tackle. I say he's one of the best running backs in college football."
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