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Troy a dangerous opponent between Florida, Auburn

ATHENS - The ongoing chatter from Georgia about last week's win over Florida has reached an appreciative audience in Alabama, where Troy's players hope the Bulldogs will be distracted today and vulnerable for an upset.

Even better for Troy: No. 10 Georgia also may be tempted to look ahead to next week's visit from Auburn.

Meanwhile, the Trojans from Troy may hope no one in Athens has noticed their six-game winning streak.

Georgia players say they recognize it could be dangerous to play a nonconference game against a hot team the week between Southeastern Conference rivalry games against Florida and Auburn.

'I'm sure people will say it is,' said Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

'Troy is a big-time football team. They've got some players and they can really go. It's up to us to make sure we are really taking care of business and getting ready and we come out with some fire and some emotion and we play hard.'

Troy (6-2) is 0-2 against the SEC but was not shut down while losing 46-26 to Arkansas and 59-31 to Florida. The Trojans crushed Oklahoma State 41-23 two weeks after Georgia beat the Cowboys 35-14.

'They're a good football team,' Stafford said. 'They put it to Oklahoma State, better than we did. They are playing well. We're definitely in for a big test.'

The Trojans are familiar with the underdog role that they'll assume today against Georgia (6-2).

'We never have nothing to lose,' said linebacker Marcus Richardson. 'When we play teams like Georgia and Florida, it's always 'Little ol' Troy.'

Richardson could be wrong about having nothing to lose. Troy still must play top Sun Belt rivals Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic as it tries to win the conference's spot in the New Orleans Bowl, so the Trojans must guard against losing quarterback Omar Haugabook to an injury.

Haugabook left last week's 27-0 win at Arkansas State in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury which threatens his status against Georgia. A more severe hamstring injury could force Haugabook to miss the Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic games.

Haugabook ranks ninth in the nation in total offense. He has passed for 12 touchdowns and rushed for eight and provides the Trojans' best chance for an upset today - even if they don't believe beating Georgia would be an upset.

'To me, if we beat them, I wouldn't see it as an upset,' said linebacker Boris Lee, a sophomore from Clinch County and one of 28 Troy players from the state of Georgia.

SideBar: Troy at Georgia

When: Today, 1 p.m.

Where: Athens

TV/Radio: None/750-AM