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

Hollywould

November 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

AuburnGuy/JB Gonna kiss and make up now? You both make me want to puke! War Eagle!!

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

still@thekoolaidbar

That comment about Richt is the lowest thing I have ever read on these blogs.

Ever.

You should be permanently banned and I believe that UGA,Auburn and Tech people would agree 100%

You are sick.

george

November 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

in the national mainstream media. HA HA HA HA HA you just made my point even more. JB- I think you are the one that needs to go back and look at the tape. Please explain to me how the Auburn coaches were encouraging the late hit??? Trooper taylor was trying to get him off the field. Meanwhile your saintly coach sent 32 players onto to the field to fight ( a fight that was started by the continous chop blocking and cheap hits to fairley) I am no way condoning the one late hit. It was obviously bad and was called a penalty. Get over it. I do condone the way the entire uga fanbase,coaching staff and players acted that game and have continued to act.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

@Consider this……….you really should read some of the stuff your fans posted on our blog last night. I just thought I would throw one in the middle of your blog.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

” it took a Georgia boy to win ur last one”

Cam didn’t go to UGA. Nuff said.

Mark Richt: “I wanted to recruit Cam as a tight end.”

HAHAHAHAAHAHA

Pat Dye

November 11th, 2011
2:34 pm

Auburn minus Cam Newton= fourth in your division.
Every year. From now on.
Till you find another Cam.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
2:34 pm

still@thekoolaidbar

You making excuses for posting that crap about Richt?

You are sick

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
2:34 pm

“Joey is too busy watching his VCR tape of the 1981 NC game.”

I think it was offered in Beta.

JB

November 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

Waving a towel and laughing is trying to get them off the field………….Really?

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

“That comment about Richt is the lowest thing I have ever read on these blogs.”

Says the gal who consistently name calls. Geez little girl, grow a pair.

Consider this...

November 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

AuburnGuy, as a Dawg fan myself, I can admit that noone is ever truly innocent in these games. Stuff goes on under the piles, stuff goes on out in the open. The stuff out in the open is focused on. Auburn players dish out cheap shots, UGA players dish out cheap shots, Florida players dish out cheap shots, even Vandy players dish out cheap shots.

Bias is always a part of any fan’s argument, so noone will ever truly agree that the players on his or her team were also at fault…just easier to deflect right?

I am with you. I am just ready to see these guys play some football. It’s a fun game for our family…bragging rights for the rest of the year. Nothing more, nothing less.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

“Former Head CoachTerry Bowden said that Auburn, on NCAA Probation at the time he became coach, was still paying recruits $10,000 to $15,000 to sign letter-of-intent.”

Bowden got fired for sleeping with married women.

Where does he coach now?

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Wonder how many UGA players will be suspended for drugs?

JB

November 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

What is the Auburn Way?….. Heard it all my life, and other than all the trouble with the NCAA, I don’t get it…….

Red Stick

November 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Hamad Meander

November 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

“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 don’t think Auburn was lucky against LSU last year. They shredded our defense and were clearly the better team on the field that day. They were the best team in college football last year.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
2:38 pm

201 bcs champ

Did you read what he typed?

Are you going to defend it too?

Why don’t you grow a set and stop acting like a 3 year old?

Ahilq

November 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

Since no one has answered my trivia question, I’ll help you out. Bacarri Rambo committed a personal foul penalty on the very first play last year…….setting the tone. Fairley was targeted with chop blocks (flagged) and you dawg fans say Auburn plays dirty? Soulja boy dancing on the sidelines in 07, whatever.

gomdawg

November 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

2010 bcs champs, you don’t know shzt about recruiting CMR is a Master at this ,yes ya’ll won the bcs championship last year $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ buys anything cam $$$ newton

JB

November 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

Lex…… There are no football fans on here today….mostly haters………2010 is one of the worst.

War Dang Dawg

November 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

Despite my moniker, which is meant to poke fun of “War Damn Eagle” and one particularly obnoxious Auburn fan who surfaced on this blog last year, I still think of it as a friendly rivalry. “Pure Hate” describes the Florida rivalry better than Auburn or even Tech, which is more like feuding family members.

It’s still great to beat them, though.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

Auburn picked out a spot in the trophy case for the Fulmer Cup for 2011?

Landslide victory

Points record

Felonies galore

You must be proud

Old Dog

November 11th, 2011
2:43 pm

The referees had better be on their toes tomorrow…

War Dang Dawg

November 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

As far as the game is concerned, I agree that the double-digit spread reflects more optimism that I feel. And for some reason I don’t see either defense shutting down the opposing offenses. I like Georgia 31-27.

prb

November 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

How can Auburn call themselves an institute of higher education when they don’t even know what their mascot is? War eagle, tiger or plainesmen. But there is one good thing about Auburn! If you are not smart enough to get into Georgia, you can always go to Auburn!

Old Dog

November 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

I hope we don’t pull back IF we get ahead. Pile on as many points as you can shove down Auburn’s throat. Never let up and show no mercy.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
2:45 pm

Happy Vets Day

gregpatrick

November 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

CMR may have forgotten about last year but you can bet Badass Ben Jones and Aaron Murray haven’t. Revenge is a dish best served tomorrow at 3:30 between the hedges. Dawgs by 21.

SLim

November 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

Prediction: UGA37 AU10 Auburn is sad and the only reason they were a force last year was due to their ability to hide cash transactions…that’s it! AU = Slimy Cheaters UGA = Best of Class

gomdawg

November 11th, 2011
2:48 pm

Football is about two teams playing their very best one wins and one loses. And then there is Sportsmanship lets see which team wins there. ???????? GO DAWGS

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

DawginLex…………….I just said Richt was SMART for doing his “mission work” outside the US………Now what you inferred from me including who Richt is smarter than is on YOU.

S GA AU FAN

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

UGA came onto our field before the game and stomped our logo in our house.

UGA gets called for the first and most personal fouls.

UGA is chop blocking like crazy.

UGA clears the bench thinking they want a fight.

Auburn sent you home with your tails between your legs….are you surprised??

And you call us dirty?? Really?

Go lick yourselves…

trupert

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

Mark Richt, I know that you have too much class to run up the score but, think of it as good vs evil and light up those Dirty Cheating Auburn Thugs. They deserve another whipping like Ga put on them in the Black out game.

zbulldawg

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

HERE KITTY KITTY THAT’S A GOOD PUTTY CAT ! CHOMP CHOMP I THOUGHT I SAW A PUTTY CAT ? OH I DID, BUT HE HAD NO HAIR !! JUST A ROLL OF USED TOILET BETWEEN HIS LEGS !! WIPING THAT SORE ASS !!

Paterno Tressell Used Cars

November 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

We got some good deals … free tattoos to the first 10 buyers …

Dawg1

November 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

While I thought last year was just nasty on Auburn’s part – we’ll call it an aberration. Like Georgia – Auburn folks are good people. Like Georgia – Auburn has some fans that their fan base would just assume do with out. You look past that – and you look at all the tremendous games between the two schools. Looking forward to a GREAT game.

Go Dawgs!

george

November 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

gomdawg. Brilliant post. what was auburns recruiting ranking last year? What was georgias?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

It is a case of semantics, but i didn’t SAY Richt did anything bad at all. You drew your OWN conclusions.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
3:00 pm

BS

The way you worded it was a direct reference to Penn state and Richt doing his mission work with young boys overseas.

Don’t try to backtrack now.

You’re full of BS

beckenbauer

November 11th, 2011
3:02 pm

Do you thUGA folks aspire to act like Bammers? I’ll give you a hint, they have some right to act like fools (and still have some respect from us and everyone else) because Alabama’s accomplished a lot recently (in addition to their storied history). We haven’t done so bad either. UGA on the other hand…….

You may well clinch the SEC Least tomorrow. If you do, I’ll be waiting for the inevitable explosion of classlessness that ensues both on the field and from your fans. Being from Alabama, UGA was always an afterthought to me, but I’m learning pretty quickly that even though your bite is historically weak your bark definitely fits the SEC’s classy atmosphere…

gregpatrick

November 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

A few predictions for tomorrow’s game:
1. Jarvis Jones gets 3 more sacks.
2. Isaiah Crowell finally breaks a long run enroute to scoring 2 TD’s.
3. Aaron Murray throws for 250 yards and 2 TD’s.
4. Auburn only rushes for 90 yards.
5. Auburn uses 3 different QB’s to no avail.
6. Dawgs win 35-14.
7. Florida beats USC by 4.
8. Georgia wins the east.

You can thank me Monday morning…

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
2:09 pm
@JB…….Richt is smarter than ex-Penn St Defensive Coach. Richt does his “Mission Work” out of the US where the lil boys don’t speak English

***************************************

Obvious.

Maybe BCS chump will defend you but no one else will

Harry Dawg

November 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

Let’s hope the GOOD Murray shows up this game and not the other one….

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
3:04 pm

I’m out

Enjoy the games

Even you BCS chump

Maybe you will get some class over the weekend

BreakingNews

November 11th, 2011
3:05 pm

SSIgator -

Are you trying to get victories on a blog to make up for the lack of victories you’ve had on the field this year? 0-for-October…how’s that workin’ out for you?

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
3:05 pm

DawginLex -

You run a pretty close second with your comments about Casey Anthony and her little girl. Follow your own advice as you said and “deal with it”.

Bali

November 11th, 2011
3:06 pm

Kool-aid…..your intention was very clear. Just be a man, grow some balls, and say what’s on your mind. Do you hide behind semantics in person? My guess is you’re smart enough to keep your cake hole shut cause you know what can happen.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
3:06 pm

Stillthe Bar

You certainly made the inference and that was really, really, low class. Is that what we are to expect from you?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

I worded it perfectly. You let your mind decide HOW to process it.

“I would not waste a second on hiring that person.”
Is that good or bad? It is worded perfect to let you decide HOW YOU want to see it.

Consider this...

November 11th, 2011
3:13 pm

Koolaid, there is not a single person who knows anything about the Penn St situation who would not infer from your comments what has been infered. You’re a sick, sick person. You need some help.

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 11th, 2011
3:15 pm

Really? My hatred dates back to around 1985, when we beat the Buzzards on their field and they turned fire hoses on the end zone fans, thinking they were going to stampede the fields.

Turkey Buzzards.