For the first time, Bobo will be calling plays against a defense coordinated by his friend and former Georgia teammate Will Muschamp, who is the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
“I’m sure that’s a big deal for those guys, some bragging rights,” Richt said. “It’s kind of like getting into a competition with your brother, you just don’t want to lose.”
Bobo, though, downplayed the meeting.
“We’re playing Auburn, not playing Will Muschamp,” he said. “It’s a big game for us whether he was over there or not, and I think he feels the same way.”
The careers of Bobo and Muschamp overlapped for two years in Athens, 1993 and 1994 when Muschamp was a veteran safety and Bobo was the incoming quarterback. The two became close after their playing careers because they both went into coaching, Bobo said, and they still talk at least twice a month.
Their most recent conversation was Monday night.
“It wasn’t even really about football,” he said. “It was just about what’s going on, what you’re going through, what you’re dealing with.”
Bobo and his group have a formidable challenge. Muschamp’s defense is ranked No. 1 in the SEC in points allowed (14.5). “The players respond to (Muschamp),” Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. “He’s got a lot of enthusiasm, and you’ve got to have that to play defense. He’s done a good job, but he’s got some good players. This is kind of a players’ defense.”