ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will definitely be wearing black
jerseys for its showdown with Alabama. The third-ranked Bulldogs
know the game against the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide is a big one.
Alabama routed Clemson to start the season and blew out Arkansas
last week in their SEC opener. They've given every indication that
second-year coach Nick Saban has the storied program back on track.
So for just the third time in modern school history, the
Bulldogs will be wearing black jerseys instead of their traditional
red, and they're urging all their fans to don the color as well for
Saturday night's nationally televised game.
Heading into a crucial game against Auburn last season, Richt
asked Georgia fans come dressed in black.
During the warmups before the game, the Bulldogs came out in
red. The ruse continued when the captains came out ahead of the
rest of the team, still dressed in red.
But they had on black jerseys underneath, and when the remaining
players popped out of the tunnel in black, Samford Stadium rocked.
It might have been the greatest motivational tactic of Richt's
career. There was no way the Bulldogs were losing that game. After
Auburn surged ahead 20-17 early in the third quarter, Georgia
responded with four straight touchdowns for a 45-20 victory.