Georgia Bulldogs: David Hinds

Game preview: FAU at Georgia

September, 14, 2012
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium/Athens, Ga.

Records: Georgia 2-0 (1-0 SEC), Florida Atlantic 1-1 (0-1 Sun Belt)

Last week: Georgia beat Missouri 41-20. Florida Atlantic lost, 31-17, to Middle Tennessee.

What’s the story? This weekend’s non-conference game against a Florida Atlantic team that won just one game last season is Georgia’s final tuneup before diving into the bulk of its SEC schedule. The Bulldogs are heavy favorites today and their starters should be watching from the sidelines for most of the second half -- which is a good thing since they will face conference opponents in each of the next seven games.

Three Headlines:
1. Look who’s back: Georgia’s defense takes another step back toward full strength this week with cornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser’s return from two-game suspensions. The Bulldogs are excited about the defense’s capabilities once safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree join them on the active roster following suspensions of their own.

2. Owls to the slaughter: Florida Atlantic, which defeated Wagner 7-3 in its opener and lost 31-17 at Middle Tennessee a week ago, now has the pleasure of playing Georgia and defending BCS champion Alabama in consecutive weeks. Georgia is a six-touchdown favorite this week and the point spread will probably be even bigger when the Owls visit Tuscaloosa next Saturday.

3. Ready for Russ: Everyone’s favorite interim mascot, Russ the English bulldog, will finally be coronated as Uga IX during a pregame ceremony. Russ has served as Georgia’s sideline mascot at points since 2009, posting a 16-9 record while wearing the collar.

Players to watch:
1. Commings: Commings’ return should help alleviate some of Georgia’s concerns in the secondary. He started 23 games over the previous two seasons at cornerback, but can also play safety -- and he probably will until Rambo is back on the field.

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