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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2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:46 am

“Don’t stoop to the level of losers like Trooper Taylor.”

LOL!!!! I guess getting arrested with an underage girl, giving choke signs in games and trying to fight a Vandy coach is a good thing?

What a bunch of losers you mutt fans are.

BG

November 11th, 2011
11:47 am

GO DAWGS! Crush Auburn!!!!!!

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:47 am

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:44 am

” Auburn meet Florida”

We did. We won.

Very Good! You are already acquainted. That’s who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with in the SEC standings

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:47 am

@ they hosed us down….come on dude. We ALL have some “good” stories of how our rival acted like a punk. Any game, any conference, any team. Is THAT all you got? How bout we tell ya what some GEORGIA fans did? Oh wait….you wouldn’t be interested in THAT though, would ya buddy.

BG

November 11th, 2011
11:47 am

brah

November 11th, 2011
11:48 am

is there any team that uga doesn’t have some sort of beef with? kind of makes you wonder about the cause, no?

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
11:50 am

We like Auburn. Most of those players are from Georgia. It is unfortunate they didn’t get recruited to play for Georiga. Either wasn’t good enough, couldn’t make the grades or they got caught up in the Scam euphoria but, it is just as well. The world still needs Game Wardens and Hog farmers. Everybody can’t be business leaders, millionaires and sterling citizens. There is a reason why Alabama thinks you are all white trash and most of them valid :)

LHarding Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:50 am

Nova – I was there, like I have been since 1978, and the cannons were shot into the stands in a section next to me. You “sir” are a uninformed idiot.

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:51 am

….yawn. Scam? You OBVIOUSLY are talking about Crowell being doped up…scamming everyone into thinking he’s some kind of hero when he is nothing more than a drug user. We’ll take that. Crowell is a Scam!

Joey

November 11th, 2011
11:51 am

Auburn is #2 all time! Auburn is #2 all time! Auburn is #2 all time!

IN NCAA PROBATIONS!

Keep working, you’re only 1 NCAA Probation from #1!

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:51 am

“Very Good! You are already acquainted. That’s who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with in the SEC standings”

That makes about as much sense as predicting UGA will win the national title before one game is even played.

I can’t wait for a: UGA to lose tomorrow and b: UGA to get destroyed in the SEC Championship by either Bama or LSU.

Lake Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:51 am

Good to see that video of QB Bobo leading the Dawgs to a great come from behind overtime win over Auburn. Bobo is a true Dawg, and believe it or not, he knows a lot more about offensive football that the “expert” bloggers who run him down. Support the Dawgs or find another team.

Ty

November 11th, 2011
11:52 am

Enter your comments here

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:53 am

@2010… you going to the game????

tell me again

November 11th, 2011
11:53 am

I don’t think we will ever see 2010 again after tommorrow. Winning a BCS title with a one year wonder rent a thug at QB is hardly anythihg to be proud of. And as for Tech – LOOKS LIKE THE DAWGS ARE ON A ROLL AND THE TECHIES ARE IN A HOLE! Nice right cross to the head there Mr. Jacket – whose got thugs on their squad now? Oh, he was going for the ball! Funny – he must have mistaken the guys head for a football! GO DAWGS!

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:53 am

@LHarding…you OBVIOUSLY have selective memory. The cannons targeted those who continued to jump the fence. So still no mention from you whinny puppies as to WHY you were sent home with wet bottoms? That’s right…you whiners NEVER take responsibility for your own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault. Like one poster just said, Georgia seems to have issue with EVERYone in the conference. That’s saying something…just look in the mirror for once.

Ty

November 11th, 2011
11:54 am

WE GONE WIN US A CHAMPIONSHIP CUZ WE WERE PRESESSON IN 2008. BOBO IS THE BESTEST EVER.

JOEY, YOU ARE MY KIND OF FAN! WE OWNS GT AND WE RUIN THIS STATE!!!!!!

GO DAWGS LETS BEAT LSU IN DA SEC CNAMPSHIP AND WIN DA TITLE CUS THERE IS NO WAY A ONE LOSS TEAM WILL GO OVER A 2 LOSSED TEAM

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:55 am

BobDawg

Si.

Can’t wait for you to make a threat against me.

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
11:56 am

Someone please inform us. Exactly who was a paid quarterback last year? I KNOW you aren’t talking about Auburn…case dismissed. Unless YOU know something the NCAA and FBI don’t know. Maybe you should be on their payroll and fill them in on your superior knowledge.

Ty

November 11th, 2011
11:56 am

tell me again

YOU ARE MI KIND OF FANNED! WE RUIN THIS STATE! GO DAWGS LETS DRINK BEER AND TALK ABOUT 1980!!!!!!

sldkfjslk

November 11th, 2011
11:57 am

Lets just make it 5-6 and ring that bell.

sldkfjslk

November 11th, 2011
11:57 am

Five out of the last Six that is.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:57 am

Nova Roars

These mutt fans are about as predictable as any team in the state of GA.

Braves: losers

Falsons: losers

UGA: losers

GT: losers

Hawks: losers

Thrashers: well, they’re gone.

Scam Crowell

November 11th, 2011
11:57 am

I gots all yalls scammed! Just dope me up and lemme do my thang on dat football field. I might even gets me a trophy. Dem was some false test. I aint done do dopin. I’s a Dawg. Remember. I is supposed to deny, deny, deny and blame, blame, blame!!!

Joey

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

“Georgia seems to have issue with EVERYone in the conference.”
***************************************
No, not EVERYONE.

Just the CHEATERS.

CHEATERS like Auburn.

#1 All-time CHEATER in the SEC.

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

“The only really “chippy” game so far for Georgia was Vandy”

Well, at least the mid-field logo came out ok this year.

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

I’m not like that “2010″… In fact, if you show up at Steverino’s on Lumpkin around 11:30.. I’ll buy you a hot sub and a beer for your last year… We can talk trash and get ready for the game…

LHarding Dawg

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

Actually I have very good memory. Like the time we came back to whip you Azzes 56-49, like the time we laid on the field while you were at the one yard line and could’nt score, like the time David Greene threw a hail mary in the endzone and we caught the ball for the win, like the time you were ranked #5 in the country and we beat the crap out of you. I’ve got plenty more memory if your man enought to hear it.

Brett

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

Auburn hasn’t been on probation for 20 years so that line is useless. Georgia fans trying to act like their program is full of saints is hilarious. Take a look at your safety launching his helmet at the defenseless Vanderbilt receivers on multiple occasions this year. This rivalry was friendly up until the last few years.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
11:58 am

Joey

Want to come look at the crystal trophy?

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

.. but you can’t have any of my Makers…That’s for DawginLex and me when we celebrate our East Chmpshp during the Ky game…..

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

2010 BCS Champions:

Aww come on now. They DID win back in 1980.

dap01

November 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

I quit respecting Auburn when they even admitted Cam Newton. When they play him inspite of knowing that he was purchased. When they play him with his academic record and legal record.

It told me alot about Chizeks character.

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

2010 BCS CHAMPS -

Joey is too busy watching his VCR tape of the 1981 NC game. And don’t say crystal. All of the UGA players will be looking for meth instead of the stash that is being delivered today.

sam

November 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

Still cryin about Nick Fairley?????? When I saw the title of the article I wondered how log it would take to bring him up…… 2nd sentance

icedawg

November 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

Typical rivalry stuff. It used to be that a little bit of self-control was the honorable conduct to which to aspire. That quality is no longer esteemed or expected by society. Don’t know if it can be called a “civil” society anymore.

Brett

November 11th, 2011
12:06 pm

Dap01 – What can we do to get your respect back? It means a lot to us.

DocDawg

November 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

The head coach sets the team psyche, asst coaches like Taylor are just sideshow pawns, Chizik is a scumbag, pure and simple. You beat scumbags by knockin em on their ass. pure and simple. any Auburn fans who don`t realize that and aren`t prepared for a clean beat down tomorrow, not my problem. Dyers is a good back, and he`ll get rocked all afternoon, other than that and the TE, not much happening on their end. BTW, Chizik is a scumbag, no laughter after the game 2010 champs!! cry in your moonshine

BobDawg

November 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

…… It is sooooo goood to be talking trash with rivals rather than what is going on up at Penn State… Their program is wrecked for the next 10 years some are saying…. Kids are de-commits by the droves according to 1st Take this am….

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
12:08 pm

@ Lharding…is that all ya got? Let’s talk about 13-0 and 2010 BCS Championship….something a little more current. But I don’t blame ya for living in the past.

Hamad Meander

November 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

Yes, Cam Newton was a “Rent-a-quarterback”. I doubt he even went to class while he was at Auburn. He had no intention of staying there more than one year. Auburn wasn’t the best team in the nation last year. They were the luckiest. They weren’t ‘better’ than LSU, Alabama, or Oregon. They got a lot of breaks. They could have EASILY lost 6 games last year, ones that they won by less than a TD.

I’m not a bitter UGA fan either – I’m just calling it like I saw it.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

2010 BCS Champ will be here on these blogs after the game! He just won’t be using the same name. Just like all the other trolls.

At least SSIGator did show up eventually after the Florida game, like a few days ago. He is still a troll though

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

“Getting Crowell and Malcolm Mitchell back is big”

Alright, the Doobie Brothers are back. Make sure you have plenty of Doritos and Twinkies on hand. Oh, and make sure the equipment manager packs the bongs.

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

@hamad…don’t you have some ramadan carpet you should be kneeling on somewhere?

Supes

November 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

Friendly rivalry? Are you kidding me?

We hate Auburn, how those cheaters have managed to conceal the pay for play SCAM deal from the NCAA…nothing stays buried forever, truth will come out one day…maybe 10 years later but it will.

I hope UGA not only wins the game, but beats them up physically…maybe some late hits on their fragile freshman QB in the 4th quarter? That would suit just fine as payback for the cheap shots Murray had to take last year.

LHarding Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

Nova – I think winning 5 our of the last 6 with you guys is pretty current. And we did it fair and square.

Spike 80DF

November 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

SSIgator, are your wittle feewings still hurt from losing? Keep losing, I like Muschamps excuses, haha. Who guarantee’s a win in a rivalry game before ever coaching a game?

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
12:16 pm

ARDawg…don’t be so smug and sure of yourselves that Auburn will lose. You guys did that before EVERY Auburn game last year. So how did THAT work out for ya?

Spike 80DF

November 11th, 2011
12:16 pm

by the way, how are those oaks holding up? i’m about ready to back the truck in to load up some firewood….

Victory Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

Hey “2010 BCS Champs” What does a female auburn fan say after sex? Roll over daddy ur crushin my cigerettes!! Why do all the Pine Trees in Georgia lean to the west? Because auburn SUCKS!!!