As we’ve seen over the years, and most recently in South Bend, Indiana, no school’s fan base travels like the University of Georgia’s – which is why Auburn is preparing for the SEC Championship as if it is a road game.
At Notre Dame, there was a lot of red. At Tennessee, there was a lot of red. At Vanderbilt, there was a lot of red. Last week at Georgia Tech, there wa…ok I think you get the point.
The UGA faithful shows out in full force to cheer on their Dawgs.
This Saturday in Atlanta, expect nothing different. The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be predominantly red when Georgia takes on Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.
And Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware.
“Yeah, of course they’re going to have a crowd,” Malzahn said. “There’s no doubt as far as that goes. This being for the SEC Championship, it’s as big as it gets, no matter revenge or not and all that. We’re expecting their best. You’re talking about one of the more talented teams in all of college football and very talented on both sides of the football. I think they’ve got excellent staff, and their head coach has won a lot of games.”
Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is preparing his offense as if it was an away game as well.
“I think you have to treat it that way somewhat because it’s definitely, obviously, close to where they are and I think our guys are prepared,” Lindsey said. “We’ve been in some hostile environments throughout the year, Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, so I think our guys will be ready for it but I definitely think it’s something that our guys understand and I think they’re looking forward to it.”