Georgia trying not to look ahead to Auburn

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- The rain dampened the Bulldogs' practice gear but not their spirits as Georgia held a two-hour workout in soggy conditions Wednesday.

And with lowly Idaho State (1-7, 0-6 Big Sky) on the horizon this weekend in Athens, coach Mark Richt said the team was trying to continue preparations for this game -- and this game only -- and were not looking ahead to next week's SEC game at nationally-ranked and undefeated Auburn.

"We're working on Idaho State this week, we're 4-5 and hoping to get to 5-5," Richt said with conviction.

Including the Auburn game, Georgia will have played 11 straight games before its open date Nov. 20 and then finish the regular season with rival Georgia Tech on Nov. 27 in Athens. Richt said the Bulldogs have managed to stay fairly healthy because of how they approached preseason camp.

"It would be nice to hand pick it (the open date) but it doesn't work that way usually," said Richt. "You get the SEC schedule and go from there ... and so far we've held up well."'

Idaho State is making its first visit to Sanford Stadium. It will be the first meeting with the Bulldogs and only the second SEC team it has faced. In 2005, the Bengals lost, 41-29, at Kentucky.

Georgia is 1-1 in non-conference this year with a home win over Louisiana and a road loss to Colorado.

Kickoff is 12:35 p.m. and the game will be televised by WSB TV in Atlanta. The contest also will be available via ESPN GamePlan everywhere except the Atlanta demographic, as well as on ESPN3.com.