Auburn center makes bold claim about Georgia: “We could have taken them down, I believe personally, before” – DawgNation

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Georgia likely won’t have its top defensive lineman in Jalen Carter as he deals with an MCL injury. That seems to encourage Auburn going into Saturday’s game.

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Auburn center Brandon Council spoke to reporters Wednesday at Auburn and explained how the Tigers could beat Georgia in Athens for the first time since the 2005 season.

“I think they’re only capable of, like, their third package,” Council said. “They got some inside stunts that hinder the run game, but we’re going to start fast. If you start fast, run the ball on them and keep them out of their third-down packs, really, we could break them down, I believe personally, before.

Council added that the plan is for Auburn to get off to a fast start on Saturday against Georgia. Auburn has held double-digit leads in each of its past two SEC games, only for the Tigers to cough up both of those leads. Auburn lost 21-17 last week at home against LSU.

“Our prison is to go in there as a SWAT team,” Council said. “Come in, quiet the noise, come out.”

Auburn is a 30-point underdog against the No. 2 Bulldogs. Even without Carter, Georgia’s defensive line has still performed well so far this season. An ankle injury limited Carter to just 36 snaps in the past four games before he injured his knee against Missouri. The Bulldogs have the No. 12 rush defense in the country to this point in the season.

Georgia will rely more on Zion Logue, Warren Brinson, Nazir Stackhouse and Bill Norton this week without Carter. Georgia is also likely to use freshman Bear Alexander more often in Carter’s role.

“When he knows what he’s doing, he can be as disruptive as Jalen at times,” defensive lineman Zion Logue said. “Once he figures it out and learns the defense a little bit more, he’s going to be really good.”

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows this rivalry game brings out a lot of passion, from his time as a player at Georgia. He mentioned the intensity of the rivalry in his initial comments to the media this week.

“The tradition and history of this game is pretty incredible,” Smart said. “I think when you talk about one of the oldest rivalries in college football, it’s always been a game that I know, as a player, I’ve looked forward to playing in. It’s been some terrific games between the two teams, and our guys are. looking forward to getting to play at home in front of a raucous crowd, great atmosphere.

“I expect our fans to show up and give us an electric atmosphere to play against a good Auburn football team.”

This isn’t the first time under Smart that Auburn has said something provocative about Georgia, with Gus Malzahn famously joking that Auburn “whipped the dog out of them” after the 2017 regular season meeting. Georgia got revenge in the SEC championship game in that same season and didn’t lose to Auburn because Malzahn uttered those words.

Georgia beat Auburn 34-10 last season. Saturday’s game is set for a 3:30 pm ET kickoff on CBS.

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