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Sunday, September 21, 2008. ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on his weekly teleconference Sunday evening that the No. 3 Bulldogs will wear black jerseys against No. 8 Alabama in their home game this Saturday night.
In addition, Richt announced that ESPN College GameDay would be making its first trip to Athens since the Tennessee game in 1998.
Georgia wore black jerseys for the first time in modern history when the Bulldogs hosted Auburn in 2007 and routed the Tigers 45-20. Richt is urging fans to dress in black to support the team this year just as they did in last season.
"The seniors asked me on the plane ride home (from Tempe on Saturday night) if they could black this game out and I said sure," said Richt. "When it's dark outside and the stadium lights are on I think the players and the fans get more excited and I think with GameDay coming, I didn't see any reason why we shouldn't. I thought we had outstanding success with the blackout and the fans last year so we'll be asking them to participate again."
The Bulldogs matchup against the Crimson Tide marks only the sixth time in the history of the series where both teams are nationally ranked. Georgia holds a 5-0 record in those games, including a 21-10 win over Alabama during the Bulldogs' 1942 national championship season. The Bulldogs were ranked second in that matchup while the Crimson Tide was third.
Richt said Alabama's 49-14 win over Arkansas over the weekend was not a surprise to him.
"Their game didn't surprise me," Richt said. "This is kind of the magical year number two at Alabama and they are playing some outstanding football. I got to go to their game against Clemson in the Georgia Dome so to see them have an outcome like (Saturday's) was not all that shocking."
Georgia's game against the Crimson Tide also showcases a pair of talented freshmen receivers (who also both wear No. 8). The Bulldogs' A.J. Green is coming off a career game versus Arizona State where he snagged eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown. He is leading Georgia with 300 yards receiving.