DRILL Ge­or­gia hopes to black out the Crim­son Tide

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ATHENS, Ga. — There's no great mys­tery this time. Ge­or­gia will def­i­nitely be wear­ing black jer­seys for its show­down with Alabama. Still, the choice of colors is telling. The third-ranked Bull­dogs know how big this game is, even though the cal­en­dar hasn't even flipped to Oc­to­ber yet. This is their chance to start shak­ing out the hi­er­ar­chy in the bru­tal South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, which has four of the top eight teams in this week's As­so­ci­ated Press rank­ings.

The No. 8 Crim­son Tide routed Clem­son to start the sea­son and blew out Arkansas last week in the SEC opener, giv­ing ev­ery in­di­ca­tion that sec­ond-year coach Nick Sa­ban has this sto­ried pro­gram back on track af­ter a few sea­sons lost in the hin­ter­lands.

Hop­ing to turn back the Tide, Ge­or­gia de­cided this was as good a week as any for a "black­out." For just the third time in mod­ern school his­tory, the Bull­dogs will be wear­ing black jer­seys in­stead of their tra­di­tional red, and they're urg­ing all their fans to don the color as well for Satur­day night's na­tion­ally tele­vised game.

"I'm a style guy," cor­ner­back Asher Allen said. "I like the black (jer­seys). I like how they off­set the red hel­mets. The red jer­seys are more tra­di­tional, but the black just gives us a lit­tle ex­tra spice. I like it. I re­ally do."

Coach Mark Richt isn't con­cerned with mak­ing any sort of fash­ion state­ment. He just re­mem­bers what hap­pened a year ago when he fi­nally gave in to his play­ers' per­sis­tent ap­peals to wear black jer­seys.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL

East­side JV Foot­ball; Ea­gles down Rock­dale 29-22

James Nor­ring­ton 3-yardd touch­down run, 2-point con­ver­sion run by Greg Davis (EHS 8-0).

70-yard kick re­turn by Ken­dal Robin­son set up a 5-yard touch­down run by fresh­man Justin Bates; ex­tra point by Cody Walden good (EHS 15 - Rock­dale 8).

Rock­dale scored two more times in sec­ond quar­ter to take a 22-15 lead at the half.

Greg Davis 20-yard touch­down run; ex­tra point by Cody Walden good. (EHS 22 - Rock­dale 22).

James Nor­ring­ton 5-yard touch down run with 1:10 left in fourth quar­ter (six minute drive by of­fense). Ex­tra point by Cody Walden good. Fi­nal East­side 29 - Rock­dale 22.

Staff re­ports NASCAR Sprint Cup driver rat­ings 1. KYLE BUSCH 2. CARL ED­WARDS 3. JIM­MIE JOHN­SON 4. DALE EARN­HARDT JR. 5. JEFF GOR­DON 6. TONY STE­WART 7. DENNY HAM­LIN 8. GREG BIF­FLE 9. KEVIN HAR­VICK 10. JEFF BUR­TON POS. HIGH RAT­ING 12 147.6 108.3 1 139.8 106.8 2 150.0 105.3 9 130.1 100.9 8 126.7 95.6 7 130.2 95.3 11 129.1 95.0 3 130.6 93.6 5 122.9 89.9 4 118.6 89.4 As­so­ci­ated Press

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