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NO. 8 GEORGIA (9-2) VS. NO. 16 WISCONSIN (9-2)

This is among the most compelling non-BCS games. For Georgia, it is the last for a senior class that helped re-establish it as a national power. During the past four seasons, Georgia is 41-10 and in 2002 won its first SEC title in 20 seasons. Wisconsin, 14-42 in the five seasons before coach Barry Alvarez took over in 1990, is playing in its 10th bowl in the past 12 seasons, including three Rose Bowls. Offensively, Georgia has the edge. Senior quarterback David Greene has 41 victories as a starter, an NCAA record. His top targets are Reggie Brown (second in the SEC with 50 catches for 821 yards) and Fred Gibson (45 catches, 759 yards). Both likely will end up in the NFL. Tight end Leonard Pope, with 22 catches for 417 yards and six touchdowns, also is a threat. The running game is led by Thomas Brown and Danny Ware, who have combined for 1,455 yards. Often overlooked is Georgia's solid offensive line. Wisconsin's offense isn't as diverse, but having second-team All-Big Ten tailback Anthony Davis healthy helps. Davis has 5 yards a carry behind a big, powerful line that's used to pushing people around. Quarterback John Stocco and receiver Brandon Williams (39 catches, 461 yards) help keep defenses honest. Georgia's defense is led by end David Pollack (9{ sacks) and safety Thomas Davis (team-leading 73 tackles). Wisconsin's top playmakers are end Erasmus James, the Big Ten defensive player of the year and possible top-10 pick, and All-Big Ten defensive back Jim Leonhard, a former walk-on. "The players realize it's time for business," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I think they'll be ready. It will be a good game, I believe."

_ KEITH NIEBUHR, Times staff writer

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