Georgia-Auburn: No longer a ‘friendly’ rivalry?

John Jenkins and the Georgia defense need to keep Auburn's running game in check. (University of Georgia)

John Jenkins and the Georgia defense need to keep Auburn's running game in check. (University of Georgia)

Vince Dooley, an Auburn grad who made UGA his home, likes to refer to the Georgia-Auburn rivalry as “feuding cousins,” but there’s always been a sizable contingent in the Bulldog Nation that thinks more like freshman running back Isaiah Crowell, who said this week, “I never liked Auburn. Point blank, I never liked them.”

After last year’s contentious game — what with Nick Fairley’s unpunished dirty play, Gene Chizik stirring it up on the sideline during the fracas at the end of the game and assistant coach Trooper Taylor and rent-a-quarterback Cam Newton strutting around like playground bullies — a lot of UGA fans no longer view it as a “friendly” rivalry.

Has Georgia-Auburn gotten uglier? Is it still feuding cousins or pure hate now? I put that question to fans following the Junkyard Blawg’s Facebook page and Twitter feed this week.

Darrell Huckaby said the rivalry “changed forever last year because of the dirty play of Nick Fairley and the thuggish sideline demeanor of Trooper Taylor. No longer a friendly rivalry between conference cousins.”

Dawn Garland dates the change further back than last year. “I can’t forget when Reggie Brown was knocked unconscious in a deliberate helmet to helmet collision in Auburn in 2004. There was no penalty flag thrown and that set the tone for the 2 teams for the last several years.”

Cory Organ rates it “pure hate” now and Jesse Murrah agrees, while Chip Kash says, “Most of us are just tired of Auburn being treated by the NCAA as if they are teflon coated.”

Kevin McCann worries that, “after the dirty plays last year, this one could get ugly.”

Let’s hope not. The only really “chippy” game so far for Georgia was Vandy, and the Dogs didn’t handle that well. Better to take the business-like approach that worked this year in Jacksonville than to get too amped up over how things went last year.

The Georgia fans who have the closest view of the rivalry are those who live over the border and must put up with the Barners and Bammers on a daily basis. One of them is my longtime friend John Sosebee, who lives in Anniston with his wife Lisa, who is of the War Eagle persuasion. Or Turkey Buzzard, as John puts it. I asked him what folks over there were saying about this week’s game.

Auburn fans, John reported, “are still busy cackling about the LSU win and Bama’s drop to #4 and how their faithfuls have been momentarily silenced for the first time this season.” But, he said, some Tiger fans have admitted to him that “Auburn’s fickle defense and lack of a leader at QB is gonna make them a much different opponent than they were last year with Cambo leading them on the field, blowing kisses at everybody.”

As for John, he’s “getting psyched up for this Saturday’s feast of Turkey Buzzard stew.”

When asked this week what I expect out of this game, I’ve said I think the double-digit spread favoring the Dogs is kind of ridiculous for a conference game between two ranked teams, but if Georgia doesn’t cough it up or commit a bunch of special teams gaffes, I think they should be able to handle Auburn.

Under Gus Malzahn, the highest-paid assistant in college athletics, the uptempo Auburn offense is always dangerous, and it will be important for the Dogs’ defense to contain power back Michael Dyer up the middle and speedster Onterio McCalebb on the outside in the running game, while keeping tight coverage on wide receiver Emory Blake and big tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (who killed us last year). Sophomore Clint Moseley only has a couple of games under his belt as the starter at quarterback, so it behooves Jarvis Jones and company to get in his face constantly from the start.

A good day for Aaron Murray probably means a win for Georgia. (Associated Press)

A good day for Aaron Murray probably means a win for Georgia. (Associated Press)

Offensively, the Dogs should be able to move the ball on an Auburn defense that ranks near the bottom of the conference in most categories. Getting Crowell and Malcolm Mitchell back is big, but I think how Georgia fares will come down to how Aaron Murray plays. If it’s a tight game, he should be the difference.

What’s your view of this year’s installment in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry?

BULLDOG BITES

Coach Dooley will be meeting fans, posing for pictures and autographing copies of his books from 3 to 4:30 Friday at the Red Zone, 155 E. Clayton St. in Athens. … Jake Scott, one of the most exciting Bulldogs players ever, will be honored on the field during Saturday’s game for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Scott becomes the 12th Georgia player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. … Athens’ Hotel Indigo is holding a 1980s era “Bulldog Legends” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. before the game and for two hours right after the game Saturday in connection with the “1980 Dawgs” DVD set. Scott Woerner, who was at the Red Zone last week, will be on hand and organizers say some other 1980 players also might show up. There’s no admission charge and a cash bar will be open in the lobby area of the hotel. In addition, an exhibit of Georgia football photos by Wingate Downs is being held in the Indigo’s art gallery and runs through late December. … McFarlane Toys has announced its fourth series of college football action figures is due out in late June, and UGA’s Champ Bailey is in the lineup, along with Ricky Williams of Texas, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Tim Tebow of Florida, Cam Newton of Auburn, Marcus Allen of USC and Peyton Manning of Tennessee. McFarlane released a cool Hines Ward figure a couple of years ago.

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847 comments Add your comment

NC Dawg

November 11th, 2011
10:55 am

First! place in SEC East…Go Dawgs!!

Fridawg

November 11th, 2011
10:58 am

UGA Alumnus

November 11th, 2011
10:59 am

Fridawg

November 11th, 2011
10:59 am

“Rent-a-Quarterback”… Great line! Trooper Taylor is a thug.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
11:02 am

Friendly smendly. All that went bye bye last year.

They started it. It’s time for Georgia to finish it.

Probably won’t get to tomorrow because the game will be too close but Richt needs to kick a FG or go for 2 when up by 10 late in the game, like under a minute.

He won’t do it though because he is not the type to do it.

Erk would have sent the 5th string in last year and Fairley would have been walking now with a permanent limp.

This is no longer friendly at all

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
11:05 am

“Georgia-Auburn: No longer a ‘friendly’ rivalry?”

It still can be if UGA players are willing to share their stash.

Joey

November 11th, 2011
11:07 am

The best payback?

A win.

Even if by 1 point.

UGA Alumnus

November 11th, 2011
11:07 am

We need to start a tradition on these bulldawg blogs of posting “Go Dawgs” instead of “first”.

try it, you might like it.

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:08 am

Let’s beat ‘em 45-10 like around ‘07, stay focused and call some timeouts at the end of the game….

Gdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:08 am

yep, Nick unfairly waiving bye and Trooper Taylor high fiving him, warms the heart of good sportsmanship!
what a bunch of thug$. Best team money can buy, they need to amp up the spending on defense for sure!

Gdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:09 am

SSIgator, we shared with Jenoris Jenkins, plenty…oops got to go….getting a chris rainey text!

Joey

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

SSI, so the Gators haven’t had “weed” issues the past 3 seasons?

Thought so.

What a doofus . . .

0 for October must suck.

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

@SSI Gator.. so are you going to handle your business this weekend or fold again?? I really don’t want your help this weekend anyway… How does our “exhaust fumes” smell now??? Better get the Pistol and BB gun ready for the game…. too funny, your genius OC….

red hill

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

From the moment the water canons were turned on in 1986, this rivalry has been ugly. Allbarn is the lyingest, cheatingest, sorriest bunch in college football. Sorry, low-down and no account. They embody the Alabama state motto: If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’ hard enough.

Scam Newton

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

We gonna get those dawgs for what they did to our trees. Oh yeah that was bammie. Well we gonna get them dawgs for squirtin the water hose on us. Oh year we did that.

Evan

November 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Last year it took me 3 days to figure out that Trooper Taylor was on the field celebrating before the end of the game. That is just not something I could fathom a coach doing.

UGA Alumnus

November 11th, 2011
11:13 am

“first” is lame.

and, who cares?

we’re on here ’cause we love the Dawgs.

Go Dawgs

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:13 am

@DawginLex… I think if we get past The Barners first 12-15 scripted plays with out any problems.. we are home free… Grantham will make adjustments and shut them out…. The Barners have had 2 weeks to “memorize” their plays… Let’s see.. on this finger is play @#4@#%@2#%…or was it play @#$@%

TheItalianDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:14 am

Rent-a-Quarterback!! LOL! that is funny

UGA Alumnus

November 11th, 2011
11:15 am

@Gdawg
November 11th, 2011
11:08 am

Come on. Trooper Taylor was trying to pull him off the field to get him to stop acting out, and Fairley just thought he was giving him five.

I thought Fairley did some dirty things in that game, but don’t make things up.

Dawg Dawg Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:16 am

Are you kidding me?! We have NEVER had a “friendly rivalry” with Auburn! I mean, the fans aren’t as obnoxious as the ones in Florida, but there have been too many heartbreakers on both sides for this to ever be a “friendly” game. I guess it only seems friendly now because UGA hasn’t had anything riding on this game in a number of years.

First of all, it’s the oldest rivalry in The South, yet the people you interview can only recall back to 2004? How about the battles against AU when they had a running back named Bo Jackson?

Bill, with all of the history of the two schools, the crossover coaches, and great games between the two teams I kind of get the feeling you ‘phoned’ this article in.

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:16 am

…don’t forget that The Barners love to tear up the Hedges whether win or lost in Athens Town….

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
11:17 am

BobDawg -

Be careful what you wish for. UGA has never gotten to Atlanta for the SEC Champ game without help from UF. Maybe this will be the year they can actually do something on their own. If not now, when?

TheItalianDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:18 am

I hate Auburn!! they are equally obnoxious to Bama fans!! I’m glad that Bama lost to LSU.

UGA Alumnus

November 11th, 2011
11:19 am

Bill King:

“rent-a-quarterback Cam Newton”

You bitter? Auburn was the best team in the nation last year and they beat us. Cam and Auburn were cleared by the NCAA.

Get over it. They won a national championship because they were the best team in the country. Stop making excuses.

I-DOG

November 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Big test for Dawgs defense. I think if we can keep them under 150 on the ground, we have a good chance to beat them. The offense is probably going to have to score over 20 to give us the best chance to win. Certainly having Crowell and Mitchell back is going to help. Would love to see B. Smith used on 4-5 offensive plays while Crowell is getting a rest.

The dawgs have made this into a huge recruiting weekend by hanging in there and beating the teams we were supposed to beat and then getting a big victory over FL last weekend. The recruits should see a rockin’ Sanford and a team competing for the chance to play in the conference championship which is very important as Juniors and Seniors see what it is all about ‘tween the hedges.

Inlet Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Glad Jake Scott will be there,but I am scared of AU they always pose a threat.

38 Yardline Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Anyone remember the last time UGA beat the Vols, Gators and War Chickens in the same season?

1981.

Hope we can change that tomorrow. No one dare root for the Gators to help us out!

'94 UGA Alumni

November 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Joey hit the nail on the head. The best payback will be a win no matter the score. No need to stoop to their level with dirty play, etc.

They hosed us down and sore knuckles

November 11th, 2011
11:27 am

In the Pat Dye era, UGA was not expected to win at Auburn BUT we did with our highly recruited but never seen on the field QB ?? (name forgotten) and we stopped them on 4 tries at the goal line to win.

The AU ground crews opened up their irrigation cannons and BLASTED THE UGA crowd and one or maybe several elderly UGA fans were hurt pretty badly. THAT to me is what it is all about.

My frosh year in 1967, four of us had seats in Sanford BUT we sat in the AU section with firiends from AU and during warm ups, a AU senior or maybe AU grad, upper cut one of my UGA friends and knocked out two lower teeth. My 6′4″ 225 lb. cousin jumped in and it took about 4 police to get him off of that much older AU guy and two other AU guys in suits, as my cuz was whuppin em but good ……………all three of the AUG guys were hurting pretty bad after he was done. Ambulance took my toothless pal and two AU guys off to St. Mary’s. APD told three of us to go to another section and about 5 AU guys and dates were thrown out of Sanford.
My cousin? Oh, he was a grinning and just fine with just swollen knuckles. He remained in the stadium with us.

Go Dogs

They hosed us down and sore knuckles II

November 11th, 2011
11:28 am

Who won the game? UGA and SPike Jones hit a record 72? yd punt. UGA won like 21-7

gooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:28 am

SSIgator

Help from Florida? HA HA HA. I don’t blame you for trying to find some sense of relevance for your lowly Gators. Life is a beeyotch isn’t it? What’s it like down there, on the bottom soon to be looking up at Vandy?

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:29 am

Bill King is a jealous dawg fan who is upset because his beloved UGA hasn’t done squat since 1980.

Remember mutts, it took an Auburn grad to win you your last national championship.

WOOF WOOF!

JDawg1785

November 11th, 2011
11:30 am

The only way to avenge the circus of 2010 is to focus on Xs and Os, play a good, clean game and walk out with the W. Don’t stoop to the level of losers like Trooper Taylor.

Dr. Morpheus

November 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Richt has emphasized clean play this year resulting in decreased personal foul penalties. This provides balance for the fiery, aggressive leadership of Grantham. I think we’ll get our revenge without resorting to dirty play. I still wouldn’t take Georgia ATS but I look for us to win by 10. Dawgs 31 Wargles 21.

Bremen Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Pure hate now because of the dirty play and the dirty coaches.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Winners are always hated. Losers are just laughed at.

Here’s to laughing at UGA.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

Dr. Morpheus

November 11th, 2011
11:33 am

BTW, isn’t this 2011?

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:34 am

Bill,

It’s really not an hate filled ugly rival. To me anyway. Cam scam is gone and Trooper Taylor should be. Only a matter of time before he winds up dead or in prison like most thugs.

I have many AU friends and I know that usually, depending on the circumstances, we do cheer for each other. It’s still a respectful rivalry to most. Good bulletin board material though, keep it up

Joey

November 11th, 2011
11:34 am

Auburn Tigers.

Home of 7 (SEVEN) NCAA Probations.

Congrats.

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:36 am

@SSIGator.. You are right… I don’t want to back into the SEC Game by beating Ky… We need to dominate The Barners, Ky and Tech to have momentum for the SEC chmpshp game….

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
11:36 am

Earlier in the year, Trooper said “If my players don’t start playing the way they are supposed to, I’ll be spraying fruit at Walmart.”

Isn’t it nice he has career aspirations………….

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:37 am

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ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:37 am

We won’t need any level of dirty play. If you want revenge on AU, just line up and punch them in the mouth and take that lunch money. Auburn has posed too long this year as a mediocre team. It’s time they realize their true place in the SEC. Auburn meet Florida

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:38 am

@ I-Dog… When Richt is confident in his press conferences as he has been the last few games… it transfers to the team.. He was talking this week about how big our D-Line is in being able to stop the run offenses of other teams… Our Nose tackle last year is now a Def End!

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:41 am

I was also at that game. I’m tired of correcting the history lesson for you delisional dawg fans. The water cannons were fired into the middle of the football field onto the Georgia fans AFTER they jumped the fence and began destroying our football field by pulling up turf by the handful. We aren’t talking 20-30 people…HUNDREDS participated in the costly vandalism to our field. Soooo, out came the big guns. I suppose next time we’ll just shoot tear gas. Would that be better?

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:42 am

I like your spunk “2010 Chmps”… You have the right to crow this year… BUT, when I look at the standings right now…There are only 2 teams in the lead of the divisions…Let’s see where we are after this weekend…

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:44 am

” Auburn meet Florida”

We did. We won.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:44 am

BobandWeaveDawg, looking forward to seeing many a dawg fan cry their little hearts out.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:45 am

“Only a matter of time before he winds up dead or in prison like most thugs.”

That mostly applies to UGA players. Just as your current loser head coach.