Rivalries don’t come any better than Georgia-Auburn

The iconic shot of Uga V and Robert Baker is another reason why the Georgia-Auburn rivalry is great. (Associated Press)

The iconic shot of Uga V and Robert Baker is another reason why the Georgia-Auburn rivalry is great. (Associated Press)

I’ve heard it said that Georgia has more big “rivalry” games every year than just about any college program around.

There’s Georgia Tech, naturally. And Florida, with the annual neutral site meeting in Jacksonville.  Plus, of course, Auburn in the Deep South’s oldest football rivalry. And, to a slightly lesser extent, Tennessee also is a rivalry game.

Which one you consider the biggest depends on where you live, what sort of season the Dogs are having and how the rivalry games have gone in recent years.

Some fans think Florida’s recent domination of that series has diminished the series as a rivalry; others think it’s the most important game of the season.

During most of the Richt era when Georgia was in the thick of the SEC race and Tech wasn’t very good, that rivalry was viewed by some UGA fans as not as big as the SEC rivalries. For others, Tech is always the biggest game, no matter what. This year, with the SEC East already locked up and Tech fans having had a year to brag about last year’s 3-point “blowout,” that game is probably the one most UGA fans would swap a body part to get.

As Georgia’s Clint Boling told the Macon Telegraph, “Each UGA fan probably has their own different biggest rival, whether it be Florida, Tech, Tennessee, Auburn,” but for the players, “all the rivalry games are important, and that’s the way we look at all of them.”

To me the best of Georgia’s rivalries, or perhaps I should say my favorite, is the one with Auburn. There’s the fact that the two schools have had a lot of ties over the years, with the Vince Dooley/Pat Dye thing being the most obvious. It’s a competitive rivalry, with Auburn leading the series 53-51-8 while Georgia has outscored the Tigers over the decades, 1,747 points to Auburn’s 1,698. (It’s the only rivalry I can think of where anyone bothers to look at the cumulative score.) And in recent decades the visiting team often has the upper hand.

The rivalry also produced one of the great college football photos — the 1996 shot of mascot Uga V going after Auburn receiver Robert Baker in one of the greatest games in series history, an overtime win for Georgia.

But as David Ching of the Athens Banner-Herald notes, the rivarly has seen better times, with neither team in the running for more than a midlevel non-BCS bowl this year. Neither team is ranked in AP Top 25 (the first time that has happened since 1991 and only the second time since 1977), though the Tigers are ranked in the coaches’ poll.

What’s there to get excited about?

Well, for one thing Georgia already has lost this season to Tennessee and Florida and likely will be a heavy underdog to the Top 10 Jackets, so Auburn may be Mark Richt’s best chance of winning a rivalry game this year.

And as the Telegraph pointed out, losses to Auburn and Tech would make this the first season since 1999 that all four rivals beat the Dogs — a mark that was widely considered the beginning of the end for Jim Donnan. Richt is not in as precarious a position as Donnan was because he’s already banked two SEC championships and a passle of 10-win seasons. But going 0-for-rivalries this year defnitely would be a blow to the program’s prestige.

What makes this year’s Georgia-Auburn game even more interesting is that the Dogs have the chance to win four straight over the Tigers for the first time since the 1940s. Meanwhile, Auburn’s seniors have never beaten the Dogs and still smart from the Blackout/Soulja Boy experience the last time they visited Athens.

“Last year, there wasn’t as much emphasis” on the rivalry with Auburn, tight end Aron White told the Telegraph. “This year, I feel like people are going to get up for it a little more. It’s a night game, and we are trying to redeem ourselves this season and get bowl eligible. I think the rivalry is going to be a little bigger this year than it was last year.”

Add it all up and you’ve got the makings of a great game, even if it doesn’t involve great teams. Georgia-Auburn is college football at its finest. If you can’t get fired up about this one, whether you’re a player or a fan, you don’t have any business wearing red and black.

161 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

November 11th, 2009
10:43 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH THOROUGHLY OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND COMING ON THIS BLOG TO TALK ABOUT THEM!!!!

HOW DARE ANYBODY SAY WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO CHEER FOR OUR TEAM STRICTLY BECAUSE WE NEED SOME COACHING CHANGES, AND ARE 5-4 (WINNING RECORD) WITH SO MANY TALENTED TRUE FRESHMAN, WHO WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE PROGRAM!!! IF THAT I THE CASE, CALL ME A BLIND HOMER ALL YOU WANT!! i WILL CONTINUE TO SCREAM “GO DAWGS” FROM THE STANDS SO LONG AS I LIVE!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

November 11th, 2009
10:51 am

Sec plays 31 cupcake teams!!!!! hahahahahahahaha

Saint Simons

November 11th, 2009
10:52 am

45-42 !!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Atlanta

November 11th, 2009
10:55 am

Regardless of last season’s result, Tech is the biggest rival.

THWGT

November 11th, 2009
10:56 am

Can somebody ask the Techie folks that come on here just what EXACTLY they have accomplished with their gimmick offense?? Yes, they beat a heavily struggling UGA team last season (for the first time in 8 years and 12th time since 1965), we are all aware of that. So if you consider that the greatest posible accomplishment for your program…. i feel very very sorry for you.

Who have you beaten this year other than an obviously overranked, 3 loss Va Tech squad?? Why do you celebrate getting your pants beaten off by a weak LSU team last year in your bowl??

Your future is grim Techies. Good luck convincing any QB, RB or WR corps that running the wittle twipple option will best advance them to the NFL. And let’s be honest with ourselves here. Great football players do not sign with a school based on academics, they sign with schools that will best propel them to the big NFL contracts. This is in fact an Athletics blog, not an Academics blog.

TO HEL WITH GEORGIA TECH AND THEIR BLIND FAN BASE!!!!

And before any Techie answers any of these questions, please first state the reason you are reading this blog in the first place. Thanks.

MCDAVIDDAWG

November 11th, 2009
10:59 am

Get rid of Richt before he totaly destroys the team. Richt isn’t coaching and apparently doesn’t intend to fix his support coaches. He wants to retire with the millions he’ll get. Let’s give him what he wants.

Andy

November 11th, 2009
10:59 am

In terms of accumulating wins, I would swap schedules with Tech just about any year, and particularly this year. There is no doubt in my mind that if UGA played Tech’s schedule, our record would be better, and if Tech played UGA’s schedule, it’s record would be worse.

Dawgs73

November 11th, 2009
11:03 am

L-Dawg – I think it’s safe to say that we are always “looking to next year” with this current coaching staff. It’s true that we have talent, but then again, we have had talent and depth for years under Richt.

Nativebird

November 11th, 2009
11:03 am

Oh so correct, it takes two fairly evenly matched teams to make a consistent Rivalry, that’s why Ga – Fl can no longer be considered one.

Clay

November 11th, 2009
11:08 am

This is my biggest game of the year. I lived in Columbus, GA (40 miles from Auburn) for over 20 years and Auburn fans are the most obnoxious around. Tech is my close second; but, I don’t get more fired up for anyone more than Auburn.

McDawg

November 11th, 2009
11:10 am

this game was always the big game when i went to school-always seemed like the other half of the state of GA went to Auburn—IF IF IF IF IF -we keep mistakes to a minumum i like our chances here

festus

November 11th, 2009
11:10 am

I don’t consider Tech a rivalry game. I suppose because they’re in the ACC. Or maybe it’s because they never have a good team. But Auburn is the one I consider to be the biggest rival.

AU’s team isn’t much better this year than ours. But they will have a big motivation factor because they will want to end the win streak we’ve got going. Throw in the Martinez factor and you have a close game. Throw in the BOOBo factor and sum total you have an AU win.

Otto

November 11th, 2009
11:10 am

Auburn is the oldest and most fun.

Florida is the most heated and at the moment #1 on the want to win list.

GT has not been anywhere near the top 2 since the 60s. UGA winning regularly combined with GT dropping out of the SEC made it less important.

Palmetto State Dawg

November 11th, 2009
11:12 am

Well said THWGT! We beat the Nerds 7 years in a row, and they hang their hat on a 3 pt win last year. I have a gut feeling that UGA will play better than we think against Tech.

DawgFan24

November 11th, 2009
11:12 am

Dawgs73, haven’t you buried your head in the sand yet?

L-Dawg is a shining example of what it means to be a ‘true’ Dawg Fan! I applaud you week after week L!!! BTW, Tech is our biggest rival. We will get revenge on your North Ave nerds this year, mark it down! GO DAWGS!

Delbert D.

November 11th, 2009
11:14 am

Why?
1) I thought it was an Auburn vs. UGA blog
2) My daughter chose to have me fork over $$$ for out of state tuition to Auburn
3) I fondly remember the Uga attack on the Auburn player

So, I’m a Tech fan whose family and friends all went to UGA except my daughter. I follow Georgia football closely, and I attended many games at Sanford Stadium as a kid. UGA is part of the state I live in.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2009
11:20 am

Auburn is a fun game every year but seeing how we’ve taken it in the shorts from just about anyone and everyone that actually matters (thanks CMR) and the season is in the tank, it is a huge overstatement to think we’d qualify as anyones rival at this point of this season. Losing to Auburn or Kentucky for that matter wouldn’t bother me a bit at this point. If there is any salvation to this season it will only come about by beating the fleas over at Tech. Sorry Dawg nation thats the way I feel about it. Seeing the program sink to the depths it has to where actually beating Tech is a high point is a very sad state of affairs.

TO CMR: Look to Tommy West for a DC. He’s unemployed a Ga. boy and still has some fire left in him we’ve lacked at defense. That is of course if you’ll give Willie his walking papers.

Saint Simons

November 11th, 2009
11:22 am

Aub 77 Uga 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgs73

November 11th, 2009
11:25 am

DawgFan24 – PLEASE! Being a true fan doesn’t mean you have to lose your objectivity. If you are truly satisfied with the lack of progression our beloved Dawgs have shown, then you are the one who needs “bury your head in the sand”.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 11th, 2009
11:30 am

I work with and am friends with several Aub fans and a couple of ex Aub players, I love this rivalry. In my experience, Auburn has the most respectful fans of ANY of our rivals. And they hate Tenn and Fla about as much as we do. Tech is like their mascot, annoying most of the time but they’ll sting you on occasion and remind you of why you hate them. I feel a three in a row finish. All Ga wins.

Swampdawg

November 11th, 2009
11:33 am

Yo! Saint Simons! Son… go stick yo head back in the sand on the beach and let the Seagulls pluck yo A$$. Yo comments is gettin old son!

DAWGS – 28
TIGERS – 24

Delbert D.

November 11th, 2009
11:35 am

I’ve heard for over 30 years that “Tech isn’t the biggest game anymore.” I imagine it is when UGA loses. Saying it’s not a big game is a bit like whistling past the graveyard. You don’t expect anything to jump out and grab you, but…

For me, Tech’s biggest rival game has always been Georgia, because that’s the way it’s been for over 50 years. Auburn and Tennessee used to be big rivals games in the ’60s. Clemson is a rival, but I can’t get that interested in the rest of the ACC, rivals-wise. I’d rather Tech be back in the SEC.

Chris

November 11th, 2009
11:35 am

yeah no rivalries are better than Georgia / Auburn. Like Alabama / Auburn for example…

THWGT

November 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Dawgs73….

YOU ARE THE TRUE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THIS TEAM NEEDS LESS OF.

OF COURSE WE ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH RECENT OUTCOMES. YES, I ADMIT AS MUCH AS ANYBODY WE NEED A FEW TWEAKS, MOST LIKELY IN THE COACHING STAFF.

JUST BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE NEEDED DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO FEEL PASSION FOR AND SUPPORT THE PROGRAM WE ALL LOVE. YOU CALLING PEOPLE “BLIND HOMERS” BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO WEAR OUR RED, GET CHILLS WHEN THE TRUMPETER PLAYS THE BATTLE HYMN IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE STADIUM, SCREAM “DO DAWGS, SIC EM” DURING EVERY KICKOFF AND BLEED THE BLACK AND RED TRADITION IS NOT WHAT WE THE FANS, THE COACHES OR THE PLAYERS NEED.

DON’T YOU EVER CONSIDER YOURSELF A FAN OR SUPPORTER OF THIS PROGRAM IF YOU GIVE UP AT THE FIRST SIGN OF A HICCUP. PROBLEMS WILL BE ADDRESSED AND HANDLED DURING THE OFFSEASON. LUCKILY WE ARE FANS OF A PROGRAM THAT CONTAINS THE CLASS TO FINISH THE DRILL WITH WHAT WE STARTED WITH, NO MATTER THE RESULTS.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!! I’LL SCREAM IN LOUD AND PROUD TIL THE DAY I DIE!!!!!!

Saint Simons

November 11th, 2009
11:37 am

Please please pay attention to me. I’m just as funny as a little kid repeating everything you say…I need attention BAD even if it is negative attention like my parents give me.

Atlanta Gator

November 11th, 2009
11:37 am

To the idiot that said Auburn fans were the most obnoxious around…take a look in the mirror. UGAy fans have to be tops on the list in the SEC. Every year living in Atlanta for the last 20, same story…and your beloved pups haven’t won anything….especially respect. Most obnoxious is definitely Georgia, then Bama, and yes Flordia third then a tie between LSU, TN, and Auburn.

HBTD

November 11th, 2009
11:38 am

The greatest rivalry on UGA schedule. Mutual respect by both schools players and fans of the other. Win, lose or draw, it’s always a hard fought game that the fans have a blast at.

timthebrave

November 11th, 2009
11:40 am

A night game in Athens. There is nothing more exciting. Can’t wait to beat those tigers, eagles, whatever. Go dawgs!

Snoop

November 11th, 2009
11:40 am

Georgia loses to Auburn, Kentucky, and Tech. Adams keeps Richt and the coaching staff because no coach with integrity will be micromanaged by the tyrant.

Skram30082

November 11th, 2009
11:40 am

Hey, Bill, the text below the link on the front sports page says the game is in Auburn. It’s in Athens this year.

Alabamadawg

November 11th, 2009
11:40 am

Tennessee I hate…Florida I hate…Georgia Tech I actually pull for unless they’re playing the Dawgs…but Auburn…my ex-wife was raised in Auburn, family went to Auburn…I HATE AUBURN !!!! That said I think the dawgs have more talent than the tigers so the dawgs should win…thats should win, but with our defense who knows…Did I mention I HATE AUBURN !!!

Skram30082

November 11th, 2009
11:43 am

Dawg fans are the most obnoxious fans ever. 90% of them NEVER went to UGA, and couldn’t find Athens if you put them on 316 or 78 and pointed in the right direction.

WAR EAGLE!

Elmo C. Grogan

November 11th, 2009
11:44 am

I’m married to one of ‘em, for crying out loud; please don’t make me listen to that silly yell all night. I promise if we win I won’t set of a tring of firecrackers like I did last year, just before the claw hammer landed right between my eyes….

Otto

November 11th, 2009
11:44 am

Delbert, As a UGA fan I put UF as my #1 game. What does that say for GT putting UGA as their biggest rival?

Auburn was IMO the top Rival in the 80s and early 90s. Auburn seems to be up or down at the same as UGA, more often than the other rivals. Early in the decade Auburn and UGA were both rolling, and now both are struggling some.

GT is still 3rd or 4th this year and if GT wins this year will be 3rd or 4th next year.

Tennessee is the other team in the Top4 thanks to being the other player in the SEC East divion races. UGA beating UT was also the last time UGA fans ran on to the field. UGA, UF, and UT are the only SEC East teams to play in the SECCG.

Swampdawg

November 11th, 2009
11:46 am

Auburn Tigers and Fans are a Class Act! Clemson and Fans were the same way when we played them. I can’t say that about the Gators and the Vols. Georgia and Auburn show respect for each other.

Clay

November 11th, 2009
11:47 am

Atlanta Gator, you obviously didn’t read my post. I lived in Columbus, GA (40 miles from Auburn) for over 20 years. Columbus is firmly planted in Auburn Country. Auburn uses Columbus media and the Columbus newspaper roots for Auburn. Auburn fans walk around saying “War Eagle” this and “War Eagle” that, they answer the phone “War Eagle” and “War Eagle” is an appropriate answer to most any question. Until you’ve lived in Auburn Country for a couple of decades, don’t question my intelligence and don’t pretend Auburn’s fans aren’t the worst to be around.

Clay

November 11th, 2009
11:49 am

Skram30082, I’m a member of UGA’s Class of 1991 and I want to thank you for proving my point about how you guys just sit around all day saying “War Eagle” to whatever the topic is.

Otto

November 11th, 2009
11:49 am

Skram30082, As an Auburn fan you should know your post describes Bama as well, just change the roads listed.

tech / ga. rivalry

November 11th, 2009
11:50 am

there is none , georgia is 32-12 against tech since 1965

L-Dawg

November 11th, 2009
11:51 am

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A “WAR EAGLE”????

WHAT IN THE WORLD IN A “ROLL-TIDE”????

DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHY ALABAMA STAYS ON THE MAP??? BECAUSE TENNESSEE SUCKS.

L-Dawg

November 11th, 2009
11:53 am

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT AUBURN…………

COMING HOME FROM IT!!!

Opelika

November 11th, 2009
11:53 am

Oh my goodness, I see that miserable wretch of a loser L-Dawg is still sitting in his rundown mobile home web-surfing and not even trying to get a job. L-Dawg, what happens when you run out of food stamps? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Auburn 42, UGA 17. Another beatdown by the mighty Auburn Tigers over the clueless un-color-coordinated Dawgies.

Mikey

November 11th, 2009
11:55 am

Hey St Simons, Cumberland Island called…they said that they hate being close to you but they cannot do anything about it.
BTW, so did Jekyll.

Opelika

November 11th, 2009
11:55 am

RUMOR OF THE WEEK: One of the UGA players has learned to read and write and will give a demonstration at halftime (if he hasn’t been arrested).

Mikey

November 11th, 2009
11:57 am

I do not hate Auburn, but I hate the Gators, so I would have to say for me the biggest rivalry game is FL.
By the way, SC should get a vote or two as a huge rivalry game.

Mikey

November 11th, 2009
11:58 am

does Brandon Cox have any eligibility left?
he was our best QB for a while….
sincerely, UGA

L-Dawg

November 11th, 2009
11:59 am

Opelika…..

YOU ARE ON THE WRONG BLOG AGAIN SCOOTER…..

THIS IS A UGA BLOG. THE TEAM THAT HAS BEATEN YOU DOWN 3 YEARS RUNNING.

I FEEL YOUR PAIN THOUGH TINKER BELL. IF I LIVED IN A CRAP HOLE LIKE OPELIKA, ID VIACRIOUSLY LIVE THROUGH DAWG FANS TOO.

HOPE YOU MAKE THR TRIP TO ATHENS THIS WEEKEND. I LIKE WATCHING YOU GUYS LEAVE ALL TEARY-EYED KNOWING YOU HAVE THAT LONG DRIVE HOME.

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!!!!!

jack bull

November 11th, 2009
12:01 pm

i really try to avoid to folks like saint simons, but saying the SEC is weak is just plain stupid.. UGA will play 13 games this year, and 11 of their opponents will end up being bowl eligible. ok, maybe not ASU, but they still have a shot. there’s not another team in the country that can say that. not one.

and yes, i am counting on us to be playing in a bowl ourseleves, maybe even on new years day…

Dawgs

November 11th, 2009
12:04 pm

“We beat the Nerds 7 years in a row, and they hang their hat on a 3 pt win last year.”

Dawgs

November 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

“georgia is 32-12 against tech since 1965″