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Ole Miss vs. Georgia: Bulldog defense preparing for uptempo Rebel attack

Georgia is expecting an uptempo offense from the Ole Miss Rebels. Mississippi is at the top of the SEC in plays per game, something that could easily throw the Bulldogs for a loop.

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The Georgia Bulldogs defense is doing their best to prepare for an uptempo offense as they prepare to face the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday. Ole Miss is averaging 71.6 plays per game, third in the SEC.

That's a similar number to that put up by the Missouri Tigers, who lost 41-20 to Georgia in Week 2. The Rebels put that high speed to significantly better use, though: the Tigers average only 317 yards per game, while Ole Miss is averaging 397 and a full eight points more per game. This hasn't escaped the players, such as cornerback Damian Swann:

"We've seen a couple of plays where the chains weren't even set yet and they were already running their next play. That's just part of the offense. They move quick and try to score."

Georgia hasn't excelled on defense in 2012, giving up an average of 355 yards per game. The Bulldogs are coming off a game where they held the Florida Gators to just nine points to hand them their first loss of the season. They didn't fare as well in their only other game against a ranked opponent this season, a 35-7 loss to a South Carolina Gamecocks offense that puts up similar numbers to those posted by Ole Miss, but moves significantly slower.

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