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Fifth-ranked Georgia faces No. 24 Auburn Saturday in Athens. Before the game, check out the most important news and storylines for the SEC matchup. 

Georgia defense faces a different challenge

Auburn is Georgia’s fourth consecutive ranked SEC opponent. The previous three — LSU, Florida and Kentucky — featured run-heavy offenses, but Auburn boasts a big arm in quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as depth at the wide receiver position. Georgia’s defense is second in the SEC in passing yards allowed per game, but it will face its toughest test since Missouri on Nov. 10.

Injuries not a problem on offense

The offense has been hampered by several minor injuries. They all appear to be non-issues heading into the Auburn game. Offensive linemen Ben Cleveland, Cade Mays and Lamont Gaillard were all seen practicing during the week, as was wide receiver Mecole Hardman. Even a sleeve on quarterback Jake Fromm’s leg was revealed to only be for a bruise. Georgia’s offense could be as healthy as ever against Auburn.

Bulldogs embark on road to SEC championship — and beyond

A win over Kentucky on Nov. 3 clinched Georgia a spot in the SEC title game. While a daunting matchup with No. 1 Alabama awaits in Atlanta, the Bulldogs have to stay focused in the coming weeks for that game to have playoff potential. If Georgia wins all three of its remaining regular season games, it can land in the playoff with a win over Alabama. Auburn, ranked 24th in the country, presents the toughest remaining challenge.

This article originally ran on redandblack.com.

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