ATHENS — Tavarres King scoffs at the idea Georgia players could have difficulty playing with the same intensity in Saturday's game against Mississippi that they showed in last week's upset of then-No. 3 Florida.
The 17-9 win over the Gators gave No. 7 Georgia control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. To earn a repeat trip to the SEC championship game, quarterback Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) must beat Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2) and then win at Auburn next week.
King, the senior receiver, says Georgia's control of its fate in the division is a precious prize and ample incentive against the Rebels.
King had a quick answer when asked if Georgia players had more motivation last week than against Ole Miss.
"Heck no," King said. "It is ours. We know that. We want it to stay ours."
The high-scoring Rebels, with their fast-paced, no-huddle offense, could be a dangerous opponent for even a properly motivated Georgia team.
Ole Miss will be playing to extend a two-game winning streak and qualify for a bowl in coach Hugh Freeze's first season.
The Rebels scored a combined 71 points in back-to-back wins over Auburn and Arkansas. Georgia also runs a no-huddle offense, but coach Mark Richt said Ole Miss, led by quarterback Bo Wallace, runs the offense at a faster pace.
"They just have a really good offensive package and a good scheme," Richt said. "It's a challenging, balanced attack. They're very high tempo and you have to get lined up in a hurry when you play these guys. They'll sub some, but to go as fast as they go, they're doing it without doing a lot of subbing at times.
"Our biggest challenge is just going to be to line up and get ready because they've caught a lot of people not being ready and they've taken advantage of that."