ATHENS -- There will be no "blackout" this time around, but Georgia coach Mark Richt likes the idea of a "redout" for Saturday's game against LSU.
Richt called for the redout -- essentially asking all Bulldogs fans attending the game to dress in red clothes -- in a tweet he sent out on his Twitter account late Wednesday morning.
"We are wearing red jerseys Saturday. To show the unity of the DawgNation I'm asking everyone to wear Red!" was the message delivered from @MarkRicht.
Richt was asked about it after Wednesday's practice.
"I think it’s a good thing," he said. "We are wearing our red, our players are, and our fans traditionally wear red most of the time. I’d like to have it 100 percent. I think it’d be a great sign of unity for our Bulldog Nation. If everybody buys in and gets to the stadium and see that everybody’s bought in before we even kickoff, I think that just adds a little energy to the day. I’d really like to see that.”
Organized color themes are a touchy subject at UGA, especially when ESPN College GameDay is in town, as it is this week. The last time Georgia called for a blackout for a home game came in 2008 when the No. 3 Bulldogs played host to No. 8 Alabama. The Crimson Tide grabbed a 31-0 first-half lead and cruised to a 42-30 upset victory.
Saturday's game features the No. 9 Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 SEC) against the No. 6 Tigers of LSU (4-0, 1-0). For Georgia it is essentially a BCS national championship playoff. Having already lost a game to No. 3 Clemson, it would be virtually impossible to reach the title game with a loss Saturday. Either way they will remain in the hunt to win the Eastern Division and play in Atlanta.
"I think there’s a sense of urgency, I think there’s a sense of excitement," Richt said of the team's practices, which have all been in full pads. "I think you can see a really strong focus. Some days you’ve got to get better attention and I don’t think we’ve had to do that this week, which is good. Hopefully we’ll finish up well tomorrow.”