ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after passing for a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Mississippi Rebels and Georgia Bulldogs face off in a battle of a pair of SEC rivals looking to even their record at 2-2.
Saturday will be the third home game of the young seasons for the Rebels, who opened with a 14-13 loss to BYU before soundly defeating Southern Illinois the following week. The Rebels opened up their SEC slate with a 30-7 loss Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville last weekend. Mississippi quarterback Zack Stoudt was intercepted five times in the loss, but head coach Houston Nutt will not be making a change at the position. Instead, the Rebels will simplify the offense as they hope to avoid their first 1-3 start since the 2007 season.
Georgia opened up the 2011 season at 0-2, losing to No. 5 Boise State at the Georgia Dome on September 13 before losing 45-42 to No. 12 South Carolina in Athens. The Bulldogs routed Coastal Carolina 59-0 last week to wash the bitter taste of the two early-season losses out of the mouths.
The Bulldogs are led offensively by redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, who has completed over 60 percent of his pass attempts for 672 yards and nine touchdowns (against two interceptions) this season, and freshman running back Isaiah Crowell, who has 47 carries for 264 yards and two touchdowns over the first three games of his college career. Senior cornerback Brandon Boykin continues to excel, posting 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception to go along his team-leading 450 all-purpose yards.
Game date, time: 12:21pm ET, September 24, 2011
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Mississippi
TV channel: SEC Network
Spread: Bulldogs are favored by 10 points
Series history: Bulldogs lead, 30-12-1
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