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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Scam Crowell

November 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

How come Cam Newton be gettin all the love? Dem FBI’s and NCAA’s couldn’t find nuttin. Now ME! Lez talk about me! I luz me some dope. And dey proved I’z a doper. Cain’t someone PLEASE talk about ME foh a change! I da star!!!

KENR

November 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

Bill, our players cannot win the chippy battle, If our players or Coach(Grantham) respond to anything Chippy they are referred to as thugs and out of control. If they respond well to chippy plays they are bashed for quitters, no fire in the gut tot laid bach like their Coach(Richt). My opionion, If it gets chippy:Get Chippy with it. Go Dawgs

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

N.o.v.a

We’ve beaten Auburn like a rented mule with the exception of last year. We will again this year. You know it and I know it. You have but a glimmer of hope that we won’t but you know deep down inside we will, don’t you?

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

“strutting around like playground bullies”

No Bill. That is the UGA team after playing Vandy.

Scam Crowell

November 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

Spike needs truck and wood? Dangit it bro…don’t you got no proper heat in yo house? I suppose when yo home rides around on wheels, it gets drafty under dem tires. I show hope dat truck will haul dat trailer. But a single wide ain’t that heavy.

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

If Auburn sucks, then why do the have a National Championship and Uga hasnt for 30 plus years? If Auburn sucks then Georgia must swallow. What will the excuses be on Sunday? Oh we know know it will be if we dont beat Tech CMR has to go !

bubba4dawgs

November 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

I hope Bama beats Auburn 100 – 0!! These thugs need to bleed! I wish they’d show the dirty play of Fairly on the big screen throughout the game and the celebrating of Trooper Taylor congratulating him on his dirty play. Don’t say he didn’t congratulate because he definitely did! High Fivin is celebrating any way you cut it! Fairly should have been thrown out of the game along with the referee who wouldn’t do it! Go get’em Dawgs, it paybacks time!!!!

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

Deep down? Let’s see…got to clean out the animal pen, my SUV needs a good wash, maybe I should clean the basement carpet before my son gets his new set of drums, I wonder if those ribeyes are still fresh…oh well, I won’t bother you with all those deep down details.

Oh yeah. What were you saying about Auburn losing? My mind sort of wandered while you spewed in delusional land.

Indian Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

Indeed, this game is not the friendly sort anymore. We’re going to be present and rowdy as ever. Look to the student section tomorrow. We all have something planned to hype Sanford up and shut those War Tiggers up. But shhhh you didn’t hear it from me.

Victory Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

Hey “Dawgs Smell” your mom wasn’t that bad once we shaved her back. And BTW I dont think Georgia swallows, but I know your mom loves to. Now shut your mouth and get back to scrubbing the toilet.

Indian Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

Hey Auburn, I’m coming for you.
BLACK HAT. 00:39-00:42, 01:03, 02:04-02:05
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3YcrMglYSo

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

N.o.v.a

Apparently that is where your mind is imprisoned. You are the one living in the past. Please share with us your wisdom after the game?

Consider this...

November 11th, 2011
12:33 pm

SSI Gator, get your facts straight. Mitchell has been out because of a hamstring…he is a stand up kid and was not suspended.

chilidawg

November 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

I hope CMR turns them loose. Beat them like a drum.

Consider this...

November 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

I am pretty sure having the posting name of BCS 2010 Champs or whatever it is shows that the guy changes his screen name on here fairly often. I know I am contradicting myself here, but if all the Dawg fans on here just ignore the fans of other teams who have nothing better to do than troll on other teams’ blogs, they will go away or just keep repeating themselves.

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2011
12:38 pm

Victory Dawg – Nothing like a classy dog if you can find one. Victory Dawg have you ever been to Athens on a weekday? Obviously you lack the knowledge to have a quality conversation and that would be your inability to think outside of your family. Cant wait to hear the excuses. Still have yet to beat a ranked team GA. Even UT beat one this year.

DawgSig

November 11th, 2011
12:38 pm

Bill, I can’t believe you’re so out of touch! Have you ever been to an Auburn-Georgia game. The hatred is pervasive … always has been! Where have you been … under a rock?

LHarding Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:40 pm

Q: Why do Auburn cheerleaders wear panties?
A: To keep their ankles warm.

Q: Why can’t Auburn cheerleaders do flips?
A: They can’t get all four legs off the ground at once.

Q: What does the average Auburn student get on their SAT’s?
A: Drool

Q: What do you call an Auburn grad wearing a suit and tie?
A: The defendant

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
12:40 pm

Consider this…

I would not be at all surprised if 2010 BCS is a GT troll. Their favorite MO is to troll as Georgia’s game of the week. They play most often here on UGA blogs but, are often spotted on the GT boards as well. There they pretend to be GT fans and most of the real GT fans deny them. So there you are

Victory Dawg

November 11th, 2011
12:43 pm

Dogs Smell- no I’m not thinking of my family because I’m too busy thinking of your low life mom and the rest of your scum bag family. Yes i spent 4 years in Athens you stupid fool. Now go back to your blog and worry about “excuses” on Sunday.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
12:44 pm

SSIgator, I have no idea why he is here. I would have expected him to be on some Carolina blog playing like flies on pooh. He is completely irrelevant. His team is in the gutter, he feels bad and wants everyone to feel bad. Misery does love company

Loveliest Village

November 11th, 2011
12:44 pm

Auburn 34, Georgia 24

A fun game to watch as Auburn grinds their hobnail boots into the dawgs’ faces. :-)

Yep

November 11th, 2011
12:45 pm

I pretty much hate Auburn….They’re in that god forsaken state of AL, which is good enough reason alone.
They live in a cow pasture that worships trees at a drug store, can’t figure out what their mascot or nickname is (Seems to be a problem with the Bamards too), has actually beaten FL for most times on probation and it’s a lot, (Auburn Cheat-ahs), Pat Dye as coach, Chiz-Head as coach, Scam Newton, and much, much more.
It is very enjoyable to beat Auburn!

red hill

November 11th, 2011
12:47 pm

Hmm, smells like dead trees around here.

Wondering

November 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

I’ve never understood how anyone could take any pride in the UGA football team. Look at their history for the past forty years: how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the remedial studies scam, the Jim Harrick sleaze, the DUIs in the athletic office (not just Damon Evans), the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school label (for the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and sickening as it is, I don’t see many alumni and fans demanding an end to this sleazy activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school that decent people despise and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it ever end? Not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is the biggest hypocrite in the United States. And even with the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still doesn’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him $3.5 million a year to be champions, but he can’t even win the SEC East. So why do you keep paying him millions of dollars year after year?

Just wondering.

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

Heard a rumor that one of the halftime songs that the UGA band will play is “Mellow Yellow” just for certain players though.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

November 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

UGA continues the winning streak on their way to the Dome. AU is decent (TE and RB) but D is suspect and it will be a different outcome from last yr.

2010 BCS CHAMPS is a RICHARD HEAD

November 11th, 2011
12:54 pm

I have no life.

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
12:55 pm

ARdawg -

I am here because this site is the best one I have found when one wants to have a good chuckle during the day. Much better than any sit-com on tv.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

November 11th, 2011
12:57 pm

Wondering, “…he can’t even win the SEC East.” ?

Hate to break your bubble but he’s already won the SEC East, the SEC Championship, and soon (Sat) to add another SEC East.

Wow. The haters are out in full force today.

Brilliant

November 11th, 2011
12:59 pm

Wondering….Don’t you worry your itty bitty mind over such things and go take your medication. Your jealousy and hatred are worrying your fellow inmates.

Brilliant

November 11th, 2011
1:01 pm

SSigator….We kicked your lizards tail 2 weeks ago….back to your closet!

DawgInaTruck

November 11th, 2011
1:02 pm

“The haters are out in full force today.”

CMR’s record at UGA is a dizzying 103-36. FL notwithstanding, when you have a record like that you beat a lot of teams a lot of the time. That creates haters-not a bad position to be in when you think about it.

george

November 11th, 2011
1:04 pm

hah aha ha ha ha ha ah ah here we go. Good lord how dumb can you people be. So let me get this straight. Chiz acted poorly but mark richt acted like a saint sending 32 players on the field. 5 personal fouls chop blocks etc, sending your entire team on the field to fight, stomping logo before the game, and trying not once but twice to set toomers on fire and yet somehow it was auburn who behaved poorly. Yall truly are dumber than I thought.

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2011
1:05 pm

Victory Dog , You must have been serving 4 years in the Clarke County jail. Did you violate Ugga? Once again your lack of class and the ability to speak with substance shows what you are. Go Tigers !

dawg

November 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

2010 BCS CHAMPS remember our AU grad who took us to NC had a nice offer to go home. He didn’t, did he? Does that say anything to you??

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

SSIgator

On that we agree. But, why are you so dogmatic and trollish in behavior. You prefer negative reaction over civil discourse?

Got some firewood at Toomers!

November 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

Don’t worry, the Dogs will raise a leg and water those trees for ya before they leave next year.

george

November 11th, 2011
1:08 pm

ardawg. you guys really own us let me tell you. 5-5 in the last 10 years.

george

November 11th, 2011
1:08 pm

yall dont have 5 wins over the gators in the last two decades

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

george

Do you know the figures on the last five years?

61-39-5 vs Tech- 47-40-2 vs Florida

November 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

Auburn warms up for their Bama ass whipping by first getting it kicked by Georgia.

george

November 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

“deliberate helmet to helmet collision in Auburn in 2004″

Guess you must not have access to a tv to see that hit

Consider this...

November 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

Wondering, really? Really? REALLY?

Your pride in your team shines through as you come onto UGA’s articles/blogs and act a fool. you sure your name isn’t Thomas Brown or NOVA or 2010 BCS Champs or Snoop Dogg or Flat Tire or SSI Gator? You’re all the same.

I, for one, can say the only team I am interested in reading about is UGA. I have pride in the university because, although it has had some blips on the screen over the past 226 years of its existence, it is a classy university set in the Classic City. The knowledge I gained from UGA and the graduate degree it produced allows me to provide for my family. That’s why I have pride in MY university.

Get off your high horse and reveal your perfect university that has never done anything wrong or been involved in anything unpure. Stick to your own blogs and articles. We are just football fans enjoying our university’s success on the football field. If you react to your team sucking it up this year trolling on another team’s blog, maybe it’s best that you just give up on the whole being a fan of college football thing. Show some sportsmanship and show some class.

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

Gators gave that game to the delusional dawgs. Fumbling twice inside their own 20 was a Christmas gift of 14 UN-earned points by the Dawgs. Florida is a WAAAY better team than Georgia. As for Georgia and DRUGS!! What’s up with the running AJC headline right now…18 year old caught selling meth out of her dorm room! LMAO! Let us guess…she’s majoring in Chemistry and Scam Newton is hiding under her bed for experimental therapy.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

But we do have 5 wins over Auburn and that is who we play this week

T.

November 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Hey barners,UGA doesn’t hate you as bad as Harvey Updyke does. Almost though.

Hollywould

November 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Leg humper fans whining about thuggish behavior. Man is that funny? Who said it was ever a friendly rivalry? Always have hated leg humpers. Bunch of babies/ if u are not man enough to play QUIT/ Oh Yeah, you did quit last year. War Eagle!!!

Got some firewood at Toomers!

November 11th, 2011
1:14 pm

Sic him “Consider this…”!!!!

Nova Roars

November 11th, 2011
1:15 pm

Consider this…YOU have serious issues. I can assure you we are all different bloggers. Is it so hard for you to believe that there are PLENTY of SEC fans who dislike Georgia more than any other conference team? Win something and then you won’t look like the morons you are that have won NOTHING but beating unranked teams. smirk….