Malcolm Mitchell warming up for Dawgs

Today's game against rival Auburn is a crucial one for the Georgia Bulldogs. Edward Aschoff/ESPN.com

ATHENS, Ga. -- Greetings from Athens, where there is a chill in the air, but blue skies for miles.

The weather is perfect and we should have a pretty good one inside Sanford Stadium between Georgia and Auburn.

Full disclosure: This is my first time in this stadium. It's very impressive, and the campus backdrop behind the scoreboard is really cool to look at as people file into the stadium.

This is a crucial game for the Bulldogs. A win gets them close to the SEC title game. A loss, and it could be another long offseason for this team.

The big screen on the scoreboard was showing the Florida-South Carolina game earlier in the day, but once the Bulldogs took the field, it was shut off. Georgia knows that winning will solve everything, but having that on as a distraction wouldn't help things.

Auburn's players just took the field and were welcomed by boos from Georgia's student sections. Tensions are no doubt pretty high between these teams with the physicality of last year's game still a hot topic around town. Things got ugly at times last year in this game, and Georgia's players are no doubt still fuming over some of them.

There is some encouraging news for the Bulldogs, as wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has been warming up. Mitchell has missed the past three games because of a hamstring injury, but the thought this week has been that he'll play against Auburn. So far, he's looked fine, but I'm sure the staff wants to see him get through warm-ups without tightness or pain before playing him.

Having him out there will be big for Georgia's offense.

Also, keep an eye out for some excitement coming from Orson Charles' hairstyle today. He told me this week that he might do something funky. This guy has had a red mohawk and had the Georgia 'G' shaved into his head. I can only imagine what he might have planned for Auburn.