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

Peter Frankenschmidt

November 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

Lou Vales

November 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

Cuz, You know you don’t care about Richt’s record. He is “a good person”, and that is what counts. Hell, he is 2-8 against Florida and that would get you fired at 95% of schools that have a rival who the Fans want to defeat more than any other

Delbert D.

November 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

I haven’t missed an Auburn-UGA game on TV except when I was in the service. Definetly one of the best.

cantondawg

November 11th, 2009
1:44 pm

Mcdaviddawg,

Please stop embarassing the Bulldog nation with your stupid comments. CMR has the best winning % in UGA history. It’s his program that has spoiled you where you expect a NC. Yes some changes need to be made but CMR has always represented UGA with class and dignity. Maybe you should look up those words in a dictionary because it’s obvious that you’re not familiar with them.

GSU Eagle 91

November 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

I stand neutral on this one…It always seems to be a game of surprises, and the home team shouldn’t be given the edge, either. But it is a desperation game for UGA, as a 6-6 record is likely if this is a loss. Auburn can afford a loss here and still get to a decent bowl game.
GT/UGA is a rivalry game, no matter what records are, because of the proximity of the schools and the mingling of the fan bases… Otherwise, UGA can’t be called a rival by UF as a 3-17 record since 1990 would hardly qualify as such.
UGA 27 Auburn 23

VolsRule

November 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

dawginlex – while Richt may be 5-4. He is 1-3 the last 4 seasons. All 3 losses were HUGE Blow outs. Next year – he will be 5-5. In 2011 – he will be 5-6 – and on the HOTSEAT!!!

Stevie boy dominated UGA – and still would be dominating uga if he had stayed at Florida. He may be struggling to build a consistent winner at SC – but he is laughing his way to the bank while doing so!

The two teams rarely played each other before 1988 – divisional split year -since then – UGA has a whopping 36.8 winning percentage against Tennessee. Next year – it will be 35% – in 2001, it will be 33%. Who’s your DADDY!!! uga is Smokey’s BITCH!!!

Boy – what I am telling you is that Tennessee historically is the better team – has owned UGA for the last 20 years – and KIFFIN is beating the pants off UGA in recruiting – IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD!!!

As far as recent success – UGA’s last SEC EAST was in 2005 – a good team lead by DJShockley that lost to WVA in the Sugar Bowl. Should have known then that UGA was starting to slide – as UGA was not prepared for WVA and was horrbily prepared. Have not been to the SEC title game since and the program has been slid back into the pack.

UT won SEC East in 2007 – lost to LSU – we outplayed them. LSU won the NT that year. However, Fulmer had the program sliding and UT made the changes necessary after losing campaign in 2008.

Kiffin destroyed Richt and a worthless UGA team in his first year – has the program fired up – and kicking tail. Look at the directions the two teams are heading!

I bet that Kiffin wins the SEC EAST before Richt gets even close.
I bet that Richt will not win the SEC EAST as long as Kiffin and Urban are in place.
I bet that UT finishes 8-4 this year – and second in the SEC East.
I bet that UGA finishes 6-6 and behind Tennessee in SEC East.

Again, son – SC is to UGA what UGA is to UT.

Go Vols!!!

Richt blew it – lost his momemtun – and the program will is stuck back in its rightfull place in the SEC East between 3rd and 4th looking in the review at SC.

Rival?

November 11th, 2009
1:56 pm

The dawgs need to play a solid game for a change. It don’t matter who it is1

cantondawg

November 11th, 2009
1:56 pm

GSUEAGLE91,

I respectfully disagree with your comment that UGA cannot be called a rival to UF because of 3-17 record in last 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s where UGA regularly dominated UF in Jacksonville. It was almost to the point where it was almost a guaranteed victory much like it is for UF now. I can assure you that back then we considered them a huge rival that we couldn’t lose to. I can assure you that they feel the same now..No matter what the record is..it’s a huge game

AU

November 11th, 2009
1:57 pm

I’m an alum of AU and have really enjoyed this rivalry, even 19 years after graduating. The one thing you can say about this one is that it isn’t ugly, with players or fans. I’ve been to countless games in both Athens and Auburn and both fans seem to ride the others but with lots of respect. Anyone familiar with both schools know that both are a great deal alike, in campuses as well as fan bases. It’s not ugly like some of those morons at GT or UAT. Should be another classic this year, with AU edging UGA by 3 (hopefully)!

Rival?

November 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

Vols rule- You are right Kiffin and his daddy are doing ok this year. The daddy and son out coached MR and his friends(WM). I hope the dawgs get a DC out of that lost to Tennessee.

AU

November 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

And AU has just as many rivals as UGA, UT, UAT, GT, etc. We all do. AU has UGA, (use to have GT), UAT, and Florida until they dropped off schedule. The Tenn rivalry use to be heated until they dropped off and recently came back on. In the SEC, most games are like that due to the level of play. Sorry ACC, saint peon and m, the truth hurts.

War Eagle

November 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

I can’t wait for the beat down UGA is gonna get Saturday night. You Mutts need to get over yourselves after that joke of a game you played last weekend. I predict no bowl for the Dawgs this year. GO TIGERS! War Eagle

cantondawg

November 11th, 2009
2:06 pm

Personally for me, the Auburn game is the best game of the year for UGA. It is truly a game where you can throw out the records and home field advantage because they are meaningless. It’s the one game of the year where the game is always close and comes down to the last minute.

Gator Fan

November 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

If UGA loses to all four of their rivals, Richt will be forced to make changes to his staff.

Not only that, but the next few years, he better not keep UGA in this mediocre rut they are in, or he could be gone via Tuberville. aka- gone for one bad season, after having so many good ones.

This is a must win for UGA

Gordon

November 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

It’s interesting how some UGA fans consider themselves a rival to Florida despite being 3-17 over the last 20 games, yet don’t consider GT a rival despite being 14-6 with them over the same time period.

ParrisIslandawg

November 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

I believe GA and Auburn fans are most alike demographically. I love going to Opelika and getting a win (or tie in the past). It is rarely a one-sided game and usually comes down to who has the ball last. I can actually drink with Auburn Fans before and after the game. Tech is a great rivalry because we hate them. But because most of their recent graduates cannot speak english and the few females who attend aren’t much to look at there is not much intermingling between the two schools’ alumni. The jort-wearing FL fans who didn’t know FL had a football program before 1990 are the most annoying in the SEC. It is a different kind of hate than Tech but hate nonetheless.

RxDawg

November 11th, 2009
2:12 pm

Columbus Tiger, Donnan never went undefeated and won the SEC.

Darth Vader

November 11th, 2009
2:16 pm

L-DAWG — I AM YOUR FATHER… Oh, and your UGA boys will probably find a way to lose this weekend…

ATL AU ALUM

November 11th, 2009
2:18 pm

Like most, I am wanting a really good SEC football game between two great schools… Both teams have had ups and downs but we always seem to play each other closely regardless of how the remainder of the season has gone… War Eagle!

Not Disappointed!

November 11th, 2009
2:29 pm

This should be a good game. Good luck pups. You should beat Auburn!

Ramblin Wreck!

RxDawg

November 11th, 2009
2:34 pm

In response to
War Eagle
November 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

And Furman was what? Game of the decade for you guys?

TJVol

November 11th, 2009
2:50 pm

TJVol

November 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

45-19,35-14, 51-33….

Atlanta Gator

November 11th, 2009
3:11 pm

You bull-turds are funny…………mouthin off as usual, but you will be on here with different screen names calling for the ouster of CMR, CWM, and CMB Satruday night through the end of the year. Glad you guys consider FL and TN your biggest rivals……..might want to pick someone you can win against though…..

BTW- We consider UGA a 3rd tier program down there with Vandy and Kentucky, as will most of the media after this weekend.

Columbus Tiger - WAR EAGLE!!!

November 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

RxDawg – Donnan was let go after year #5.
In 5 years – 40-19, bowl record 4-0

Tuberville – in first 5 seasons – 38-24, bowl record 2-2.
He went 13-0 in year #6.

Tuberville inherited a better talent base than Donnan.

Just from an outsider – and rival opponent – it seemed to me that Donnan had UGA on the verge of being something special. Although he had a rough final year – thanks to his QB situation – you could see that the foundations of a solid program was set – and the returnign talent for the next few years looked very good.

To me – Donnan was a big time coach that just missed it making it Big at a Big time program.

whoknowsnow

November 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

for tennessee to just look at uga as a circle win every year, there sure is a lot of tennessee fans excited about the win and talking on a uga blog. glad ya’ll don’t take us too lightly.

whoknowsnow

November 11th, 2009
3:16 pm

the AJC should turn the uga blogs into a SEC blog site for all the other fans that enjoy talking on the site, i’m just making a suggestion, not complaining because it is very entertaining.

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
3:30 pm

cantondawg, is your real name Scott ske….?

DawginLex

November 11th, 2009
3:35 pm

UT has no QB lined up for 2010 and they are supposed to be great?

Delusional as usual.

Richt and the Dawgs will be back. I was there in 2003 for 41-14 and it was a beautiful sight to behold. It will happen again.

Kiffin is the kind of coach that when you get him down 4 TD’s in the 4th quarter, you kick a fieldgoal to extend the lead just because of how he acts.

It’s coming. Just wait. Spurrier learned his lesson. Kiffin will learn his.

UGA Pig Sty Supporter

November 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

L-DAWG: about an 1/8 of an inch. That is how far you must move your little pinky to remove the Caps Lock button.
Are you planning on leaving Athens a complete disgusting wreck this weekend, you little piggy? Oink Oink. I bet that is how you keep your trailer park, too.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

It’s interesting how the florida blowhards are always blowhards regardless of the decade.

1970’s
1980’s
1990’s
2000’s

It all sounds the same. They at least have something to back it up with now. For the longest time they just looked and sounded stupid.

Roger

November 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

I miss Sonny Clusters !

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

It’s interesting how the florida blowhards are always blowhards regardless of the decade.

1970’s
1980’s
1990’s
2000’s

It all sounds the same. They at least have something to back it up with now. For the longest time they just looked and sounded stupid

As opposed to UGA Blowhards who have NOTHING to brag about!!!

HAHA

DawginLex

November 11th, 2009
3:48 pm

You are still a classless blowhard. Just because your team wins doesn’t make you classy.

Win and act like you have been there before. That’s what my coach taught me. The lesson never gets covered at florida with the players or the fans.

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
3:51 pm

Woooooo, you show us what class means!!! Keep having your fans pull their skirt up and sit on the edge of tables and bark like dawgs… CLASS!!

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
3:52 pm

PRESEASON #1′S
CHAMPS!!!

WOO HOOO!!!

m

November 11th, 2009
3:59 pm

FLA fans are the worst in the country. You can ask anyone from any other school around and they will all tell you the same thing. A bunch of arrogant, classless, rude cowards that happen to be winning this decade. Once Tebow and Meyer leave they will be back to medoicre and you wont hear a peep out of them.

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
4:01 pm

Why dont you wonderful UGA fans come down to Florida for Spring Break and watch the classless drunks ride up and down the street hollering and showing their brreasts and tell me how classy you are again.

Gatorzone

November 11th, 2009
4:04 pm

Or, you can just visit the Panhandle at any time and see all of the UGA hats with screaming vulgar drunks waving their rebel flags from the back of their pickup trucks.

Yes, you have the corner on classy behavior.

Alabama Jack

November 11th, 2009
4:09 pm

THWGT – I came over for the same reason I go to the bathroom – to take a dump.

War Eagle !!!!

DawgFan24

November 11th, 2009
4:17 pm

War Eagle: No bowl game for the Dawgs this year? No sir, we aren’t the Auburn Tigers of 2007.

Dawgs73: You blow. The team would be better off w/o your fair-weathered contributions. Don’t you understand that recruits read these message boards? Seeing dumb arse fans like you on here reflects NEGATIVELY to the team and University in these recruits eyes. You may have graduated from UGA, but I am not proud to call you a member of the Dawg Nation.

Atlanta Gator and Gatorzone: You hate UGA fans so much? Why live in Atlanta? Oh, that’s right, because FL is a cess pool of white-trash, child molesting, jean-short wearing, Yankee transplants. You live here in Atlanta, then STOMACH the love and passion for the Dawgs. You may have won the past few games, but WE OWN THE SERIES! Deal with it!

UGADawg83

November 11th, 2009
4:17 pm

Bill-I don’t mine honesty. The truth is that all of us are disappointed in the last couple of seasons. That said, the negativity you exude from this blog only feeds more negativity among the fan base. You are contributing nothing for the betterment of our program. Be a true fan.

Paul's Johnson

November 11th, 2009
4:21 pm

DawgFan24 – you tell em’ brother.

GAYtors fans….this is why you suck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc-2EGPQNVM

DawgFan24

November 11th, 2009
4:25 pm

Gatorzone said:
“Or, you can just visit the Panhandle at any time and see all of the UGA hats with screaming vulgar drunks waving their rebel flags from the back of their pickup trucks.

Yes, you have the corner on classy behavior.”

Are you sure those are Georgia Hats, and not GREEN BAY G’s? No self respecting GA fan travels to the Redneck Riviera for vacation. We leave that to the Yankees up north. Most UGA fans I know wont even Stay in Jax for the GA/FL game….St. Simons’ business is booming that time of year.

Mr. Brightside

November 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

As a Bama grad living in Atlanta and watching UGA’s descent, there is at least one positive. It has given me a chance to teach my kids the meaning of schadenfreude.

Trash Post

November 11th, 2009
5:23 pm

This is a trashy post for people who have nothing positive to say.

DAWG87

November 11th, 2009
6:29 pm

Anybody who doesn’t think Tech will whip us is just being delusional. We suck this year. Crying about them being in a second-rate conference is going to sound pretty dumb when they hang 50+ points on Willie’s unit.

Dawg'em out!

November 11th, 2009
6:45 pm

tech fans trying to make georgia their biggest rivalry, LMAO!

savanadawg

November 11th, 2009
6:48 pm

Don’t forget dawg fans; even if Richt and the dawgs win out we still have huge problems. Its called “Loyalty to a Fault”. And coach Richt has a bad case of it. I wouldn’t necessarily say the “Loyalty” part except for were it lies. It should lay slap dab in the middle of the Alums and fans laps first. We pay a lot of money to this university and its athletic dept. Make no mistake. But it doesn’t. Look, I don’t want to rag but good gracious this teams senior leadership and play is awful. Georgias young guys sure seem alot more excited and willing to take chances and play with gusstoe. It has taken “their” play to elevate the seniors’ play. That should be the opposite but its not. Therefore I think that some younger guys deserve the right to start. But the loyalty of coach Richt to his seniors wont allow this too happen. Most years that would be just fine, but not this one coach, not this one. Let the puppies play! Please.

Dawg'em out!

November 11th, 2009
6:54 pm

SAVdawg:

TRUST ME, richt will make the right changes come seasons end even if the dawgs finish that strong and run the table!