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Georgia guards against taking Trojans lightly

By Charles Odum
Associated Press Writer

ATHENS, Ga. — The ongoing chatter from Georgia about last week's win over Florida has reached an appreciative audience in Alabama, where Troy's players hope the Bulldogs will be distracted on Saturday and vulnerable for an upset.

Even better for Troy: No. 10 Georgia also may be tempted to look ahead to next week's visit from Auburn.

Meanwhile, the Trojans from Troy may hope no one in Athens has noticed their six-game winning streak.

Georgia players say they recognize it could be dangerous to play a nonconference game against a hot team the week between Southeastern Conference rivalry games against Florida and Auburn.

"I'm sure people will say it is," said Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Troy is a big-time football team. They've got some players and they can really go. It's up to us to make sure we are really taking care of business and getting ready and we come out with some fire and some emotion and we play hard."

Troy (6-2) is 0-2 against the SEC but was not shut down while losing 46-26 to Arkansas and 59-31 to Florida.

The Trojans crushed Oklahoma State 41-23 two weeks after Georgia beat the Cowboys 35-14.

"They're a good football team," Stafford said. "They put it to Oklahoma State, better than we did. They are playing well. We're definitely in for a big test."

The Trojans, already 0-2 against SEC teams, are familiar with the underdog role they'll assume Saturday against Georgia (6-2).

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