Dawgs for 8-of-10 in Old Series
Welcome to the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. An exciting matchup every year, Georgia (6-3) holds a 55-55-8 record versus our “sister school” Auburn (5-4), both programs’ series record on exacta. The first game-between was played in Piedmont Park of Atlanta in 1892, Georgia then coached by Charles Herty. Get this, the game was played on February 20th. Man, I’d love to be watching college football that late into the winter. I’d like to see schools play one scrimmage per spring, as well. With Georgia tussling with Auburn (or geographic and ancient rival Clemson) in a custom-converted standing room only beautiful old Piedmont Park or at the Georgia Dome for a few periods, a week after a moved up G-Day (and Aubie’s A-Day, respectively). Bet the money folks at the under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium would like the idea if the NCAA did at all. It would tune up both programs out of year and have great benefit.
In a concerted scheduling effort by both schools and the conference to keep the series intact, Auburn got an additional home game in rotation, a fluky win that will always be known as the Prayer at Jordan-Hare. Auburn later played for and lost the National Championship, breaking the historic SEC title streak. The two players involved for Georgia in the game’s (in)famous tip play ended up at Louisville and Auburn (Matthews). Our coaches concurrently thrashed themselves onto the ground of the sideline as that Tigers touchdown cemented a subpar year for GEORGIA. This game represents three of four contests in the rivalry played on the road for UGA, a distinct advantage for Auburn.
The only other Auburn win of recent featured a Heisman-winning national champion at quarterback who would have been ruled ineligible under current NCAA guidelines for his family taking money. Cam trailed a UGA team quarterbacked by true freshman Aaron Murray 21-7 early before pulling away in a big win high-scoring shootout Between the Hedges. This old series has had its biggest total scores in history as the winning team has had 31 or more total points in nine of the last ten meetings.
Georgia has taken 3-of-4 in the series and a juicy 7-of-9. Utter recent domination can be realized over a full decade with a big GEORGIA road win Saturday at noon. Consider that Auburn’s only recent winning sides over UGA both won the SEC and played in national championship games.
Entering our final conference game of the year and start of regional rivalry season, Richt and UGA are clearly far from satisfied to be 6-3 with three losses in the SEC and an 0-1 mark in rivalries. Dawgs need this rivalry win! UGA has won just once overall in our last four big rivalry games (Florida, Tech, Auburn), dropping two in a row to Florida and facing a currently 3-win Tech in ATL on November 28th, after hosting an intriguing night game versus 2-loss upstart Georgia Southern. Decent teams are also jockeying for bowl selection position this time of year, and it’s always engaging as a fan.
Kudos to Jeremy Pruitt, our D has remarkably held opponents to one total touchdown over ten of the last twelve quarters as we have won two of three games. But bitter dual 3-27 then 27-3 weeks for Georgia resulted in a Gators coronation in the Swamp, as UF clinched the SEC East with a narrow win over lowly but scrappy Vandy. They will almost assuredly be facing Bama as considerable underdogs for the title.
“Play Station”…Sony Michel and the O-line got the UGA running game back in stride in Athens meanwhile behind myriad weapons and well-schemed formations including the Wild Dawg, where true frosh receiver Godwin was a running revelation. He broke a 10-quarter no touchdown string, simply unacceptable at #GEORGIA. Dawgs dominated the game, other than sloppy ball handling late in the first half and continued poor overall special teams play. Pretty obvious we do need a dedicated special teams coach to y’all yet? And, let us seriously realize the full gravity of winning no league crowns over a complete decade.
After being Top 5 much of last season, Aubie ended up just 4-4 in the SEC and 8-5 overall. Voted by the media to (impossibly) win the SEC without claiming the West, they fell way short in either this year. They will actually be sub-.500 in league for the season and over two seasons regardless of outcome.
I like Georgia to win this game. GO DAWGS!!!