KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's first words to his team in preparation for Number 12 Georgia had nothing to do with the Bulldogs.
He said "I actually said, 'War Damn Eagle."'
Fulmer invoked the battle cry of Auburn because he knew the Tigers' surprise 20-17 win over Number 9 Florida last Saturday opens up the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division race for both the Volunteers and the Bulldogs.
Since the S-E-C expanded to two divisions in 1992, only Florida, Tennessee and Georgia have won the Eastern Division. While tomorrow's matchup between the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 SEC) and the
Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) won't determine the division winner, the loser of the game likely will be out of contention.
The Bulldogs have recent history on their side. The visiting team has won the last four games in this series and Richt has never lost in Knoxville.
Georgia also wants to avenge last year's 51-33 loss to Tennessee. That game featured 37 second half points from the Vols.
The 51 points were the second most ever put up by a Georgia opponent at Sanford Stadium.
Tennessee has lost against its last four ranked opponents, dating back to last season, and suffered Fulmer's worse loss as coach in a 59-20 thumping by Florida in Gainesville.
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