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No. 15 Georgia tries to rebound on road at Vandy

No. 15 Georgia tries to rebound on road at Vandy

No. 15 Georgia tries to rebound on road at Vandy

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11)...


NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Georgia has kept Bulldogs' fans on the edge of their seats in this season of high hopes, tight finishes and an injury list that seems to grow longer with each passing week.

They have no time to relax just yet.

The 15th-ranked Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt on Saturday before an open date to rest before the annual showdown with Florida. Georgia routed Vanderbilt 48-3 in Athens last year, but the Commodores always play tougher at home. Georgia escaped with a 33-28 win in their last visit to Nashville in 2011.

"Playing there is always tough," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Historically for whatever reason it's been a really tough venue for us to go in and not have a battle royale to the very end. The fact that that's all we've had this year I assume we are going to have another one like that. So Georgia fans, get ready. It's going to be a tough game."

The Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1) are coming off their first SEC loss, 41-26 to Missouri. Running back Todd Gurley might have given the decimated backfield a boost, but he's doubtful and expected to miss a third straight game with his sprained ankle. That leaves Aaron Murray working with freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas.

Georgia tight end Artie Lynch said the Bulldogs just need to focus on trying to beat Vanderbilt and ignore the looming bye week.

"Vanderbilt always plays us tough," Lynch said. "They're no longer the Vanderbilt they once were."

The Commodores (3-3, 0-3) have yet to win a league game this season, but they are 11-4 since last playing Georgia. They are coming off their own open date after being routed 51-28 by Missouri themselves. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff focused on tightening up their defense, though Georgia's loss to Missouri made the Commodores' look a bit better.

"I think that gives everyone an awareness of how good Missouri was on offense," Franklin said.

Vanderbilt feels rested and is getting outside linebacker Karl Butler back too. This is a rare game for the Commodores on national television, and they want to take advantage of the opportunity to start off the second half of their season with a bang.

"It would mean a lot more if we beat Georgia, so that's the plan," Vanderbilt senior offensive lineman Wesley Johnson said.

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