Pregame updates, notes and observations from Sanford Stadium as No. 9 Georgia and No. 6 LSU get ready for their showdown.
Since the long-snapper competition received an inordinate amount of attention this week, I guess it bears passing along that Nate Theus was announced as the starter. But that doesn't mean Trent Frix won't get a chance.
Update: Frix was the long snapper on a punt in warmups, and then Theus snapped on field goal-extra point.
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There were no surprises in the announced starting lineups. The offensive line is the same five that started the North Texas game. None of this means that's who will actually start.
Tight end Jay Rome (ankle) is in uniform, though his left ankle is heavily wrapped. Rome was testing the ankle out in early warmups, and from what it appeared he was in good shape.
I watched Zach Mettenberger warm up a little bit. He was pretty locked in, the only visible acknowledgement of the occasion being when he turned to acknowledge someone yelling his name.
The offensive linemen are NOT wearing the "APU" hashtag on their wristband this week, unless they plan on writing it just before kickoff.
(Sorry the updates were infrequent. I've been down on the field watching warmups, saying hello, etc.)
Receiver Jonathan Rumph (hamstring) and OLB James DeLoach (concussion) are not on Georgia's dress list. Those players were basically ruled out earlier in the week.
Update: Junior safety Shaquille Fluker is not dressed out to play, though he's on the dress list.
Some notables who are dressed out: QB Faton Bauta, QB Brice Ramsey (who was not on dress list but is dressed out), RB A.J. Turman (which doesn't mean he'll play) and WR Kenneth Towns (the latest receiver walk-on trying to make his way into the rotation).
The big television show and all it entails is now over. Now attention can fully turn to Sanford Stadium, which is eerily quiet a few hours prior to kick off.
The press box is starting to fill in, with the lead college football writers from seemingly everywhere coming to Athens for this one.
Right now the scoreboard is showing South Carolina losing to Central Florida, which is a potentially very interesting result. It's been remarked to me that this would actually be bad for Georgia, taking some luster off its win over the Gamecocks. But I don't know that I'd say that quite yet: As far as making a run at the national title game, the Bulldogs just need to win out, starting with this here game.