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Florida Atlantic-Georgia Capsule

Associated Press Published: September 13, 2012
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SATURDAY

Florida Atlantic (1-1) at No. 7 Georgia (2-0), 7:30 p.m. (CSS)

Line: Georgia by 44 1/2

Series Record: First meeting

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Not much, other than a chance for Georgia to officially introduce its newest canine mascot (Uga IX) and Florida Atlantic to attempt an upset that would be even more shocking than Louisiana-Monroe beating Arkansas last weekend. The Bulldogs have survived the toughest test from their early schedule — winning on the road in Missouri's SEC debut — and this game will give key freshmen such as OT John Theus and RB Todd Gurley a chance to get more experience before the team heads into the teeth of its conference schedule.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia QB Aaron Murray vs. Florida Atlantic's secondary. The Owls rank 10th in the country in passing yards allowed (134.5 per game), but that's largely because their first two opponents weren't exactly passing powerhouses. Murray will look to rip apart a unit that likes to press the line and takes its chances in single coverages. Georgia went with a lot of four-receiver sets against Missouri, with great success, and could put up some big numbers against Florida Atlantic.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida Atlantic: QB Wilbert Graham. Fifth-year senior earned back his starting job with a strong second-half performance against Wagner in the season opener. He leads the Sun Belt in passing efficiency, having completed nearly 78 percent with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Georgia: OLB Jarvis Jones. He won numerous defensive player of the week awards after a dominant performance at Missouri, where he forced two fumbles and came up with an interception that he nearly returned for a touchdown. Overall, he leads the Bulldogs with 17 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. Florida Atlantic will have its hands full trying to keep him out of the backfield.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia's defense will be bolstered by the return of DB Sanders Commings and LB Chase Vasser, who were suspended for the first two games after offseason arrests. ... The Bulldogs have yet to announce when two other suspended players, S Bacarri Rambo and LB Alec Ogletree, will be allowed to suit up. ... Florida Atlantic will be facing the first of two SEC opponents this season. Next week, the Owls visit top-ranked Alabama. ... Florida Atlantic has never beaten an SEC team in six tries. ... Georgia is beginning a stretch of three straight home games. ... Bulldogs coach Mark Richt grew up less than two miles from Florida Atlantic's Boca Raton campus and played for former Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger. ... Georgia is 30-1 at home against non-SEC teams in Richt's 12 years as coach.