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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chuck

November 11th, 2011
3:17 pm

UGA needs to come out of the tunnel with blood in their eyes. Chizit is the still the head thug and he isn’t going to change. We need to set the tone early that we aren’t going to be intimidated. Last year we cowered like a bunch of wimps while those hoodlums took cheap shot after cheap shot at our players.

Last year when Fairley was running amok, I said that UGA should have run a chop block at Fairley on the next play after his first of many cheap shots on Murray. The message should have been clear. You take a cheap shot and we will return the shot. I bet it would have put an end to the crap from Fairley before he escalated it with each “turning of the other cheek”. Yes, I was there and I will never forget.

Pat Dye

November 11th, 2011
3:17 pm

As long as Petrino, Saban, Miles and Richt are on our schedule- that’s 4 automatic losses every year.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
3:22 pm

3:30 0n CSS you can watch AUBURN Football Today.
Hurry DAWGS either you can Laugh or Cry while watching it.

Pitbull

November 11th, 2011
3:24 pm

Chiz will get The Barn on major probation within the next 3 years and then split.

Neither Chiz or Auburn has any character.

Festus

November 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

Why would anyone hate someone over a football game? It’s just jocks running into each other and a chance to get drunk and oogle women. That dog (aka dawg) tried to bite an Auburn player a few years back. Never once has the castrated chicken attached a Georgia type. But whatever you do, don’t ask them how the trees are coming along.

PuppyWhiners

November 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

The AU-UGA “rivalry” has been obnoxious for years. Not just the last 10. Georgia people are the biggest bunch of WHINERS going. They act with an arrogance that is undeserved for a team that has not been nationally relevant in years. Beat Georgia and the fans whine like crybabies for a full year. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

A whipping is coming again tomorrow Whiners.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

Fine…….see it how you like. The funny thing is you dawgs go on other team blogs spreading the same crap, but you can’t take it. Read what dawg fans write on other blogs and then call me out.
Like I said when your players (Ben Jones) do dirty plays you love them, but have somebody do it to you and the Dawgs cry about it for YEARS.

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

Sorry pups;

Ga offense gives up a pick six plus extra point as Murray seems to always have the jitters in big games.
Ga defense plays pretty good, gives up 1 TD and 2 field goal.
Ga not so special teams give up six points plus the extra point on a return for a score, and a field goal after a long run back.
Walsh misses the tying field goal in the last seconds:

Auburn 30-Ga 27

The Voice of Reason

November 11th, 2011
3:32 pm

Crystal Ball B*tiches. You will never see one.

The Chiz

November 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

As long as I gotta go up against Miles, Richt, Saban and Petrino every year, I gotta cheat. Sheesh, didya see my record at Iowa State. Cheatings all I got for them. And Dabo. Automatic L when I go against Dabo.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

Auburn

The Barn’s defense isn’t good enough for a pick 6, Ga 37 AU16

Strange Murphy

November 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

Have always hated Auburn more than anyother time in all of sports. They scum and showed the world that last year.

cajdawg

November 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

The truth hurts, but here it is: For years the University of Georgia and Auburn were peer institutions. That is no longer the case. The University of Georgia is now at a higher peer level. Everyone in the state of Georgia knows why you go to Auburn: your parents went there or you couldn’t get into Georgia or Georgia Tech. Auburn knows this also and they cover their pain by drawing greater levels of self-worth from football, sadly for them, apart from last year, Georgia has been steadily dominating in the series.

[...] 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..{Read More} [...]

red hill

November 11th, 2011
3:41 pm

Everyone here does know that the “tooth” brush was invented at Auburn, right? If it had been invented anywhere else it would have been the “teeth” brush. Low-rent Alabama scum.

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
3:44 pm

but with the murray jitters some times the ball just falls into your hands like during the SC game earlier this year

red hill

November 11th, 2011
3:47 pm

What do you call an Auburn fan with a sheep under each arm? A playboy.

red hill

November 11th, 2011
3:47 pm

Auburn University. Where the men are men and the sheep are scared.

Hollywould

November 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

Red, u use a toothbrush or do you just wipe with your fingers?

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

Now red don’t start

Alphare

November 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

Bill, is it possibly because Auburn won a NC last year?

I kinda remember dawg fans said the same thing the year BAMA won the NC.

hunkerdown

November 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

Hose them down between the hedges!

GA Tiger

November 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

liars whiners creeps: UGA fans– your team no better, no less dirty AND YOU CRY LIKE GIRLS WHEN GETTING BEAT.YOU EVEN CRY when you win against VANDY. Your team had JUST AS MANY personal fouls and penalties last year but you are delusional.You cant accept a whipping.Kiss the ring, liars.

Steve

November 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

Whine baby whine. Only thing weaker than your team is your fans and your excuses.

Dawg48

November 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

I will make it short and sweet!
I hate auburn!!!

The Voice of Reason

November 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

LSU has 6 Nick Fairley’s Be careful what you wish for doggies.

red hill

November 11th, 2011
3:59 pm

@hollywould We have indoor plumbing and personal hygiene accessories here in Georgia. Not everyone does it the way you do.

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
4:00 pm

SC beats Fla and Auburn beats Ga, so there will be no trip to the dome this year for Ga, maybe next year.

SSIgator

November 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Auburn -

They already had their trip to the dome this year – and blew it.

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Auburn

You’re a clairvoyant?

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

SSIgator

But we didn’t blow it in Jax, did we?

redhog

November 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

As a hog fan, I’ll tell you Auburn is HATED with a purple passion in Arkansas….WE hope you beat them like a drum; along with that jack-jawed coach of theirs.

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

UGA scores a touchdown in Jax and the entire team comes out to stomp in the endzone to celebrate. This was the absolute worst sportsmanship I have ever witnessed.

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

later in 2007, UGA players celebrate with the “Soulja Boy” dance. Keep up the good work!

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

no I am not, but I am like the Ga fans predicting the outcome of Sat game. I can give my opinion which is like something we all have. You root for your team and I do for mine, and that’s Ok.

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
4:08 pm

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
4:12 pm

and come Sat one is going to lose and one is going to win, but I will not slit my wrists or belittle a bunch of 18-22 year olds just because they did not meet my expectations of victory as occurs here and on other blogs when the outcome of a game does not go the way we want. We need to keep a little perspective here.

harold

November 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

AUBURN IS REBUILDING & YOUNG. UGA WINS IN A CAKEWALK 42-17. IF RICHT LOSES THIS GAME THEY SHOULD FDIRE HIM AT MIDFIELD AFTER THE HANDSHAKE. NO SEC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 7 YEARS. HE’S DONE IF HE LOSES!

red hill

November 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

I see stupid people.

Red hill must

November 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

be looking in the mirror

Roll Tide

November 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

Gotta go with the DAWGS in this one, might be close, but that Auburn defense is horrible!

Hotdawg

November 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

Ill never forget UGA game in the 90’s playing Auburn and they beat us in Athens. These Auburn guys were running though the UGA crowds after the game with a large AU flag yelling Auburn’s number one and Dawgs suck!! That put a bad taste in my mouth for Auburn after that. Last years dirty game made my distaste for them and their fans even more!

Auburn

November 11th, 2011
4:21 pm

Roll Tide:

They have the talent to win, but maybe we get the defensive effort that held SC to 13 points and pull off the upset.

Roll Tide

November 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

By the way, fellow Auburn haters, join the Facebook group, “Because I hate Auburn that much” and let’s talk about the game this weekend and the beatdown that will happen at Jordan-Hare. RTR and kill ‘em dawgs!

Nick Fairley

November 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

What player was suspended last yea for dirty play, Nik Fairley or Ben Jones?

Answer, Ben Jones.

Ben Jones is a dirty player. UGA plays dirty. They started the fight last year and per the no leaving sidelines rule in a fight (that only the well coached Auburn team followed btw) UGA should have had a team the next week. Richt complained to the SEC about Fairley but after the meeting backed down… probably after the SEC showed tape of UGA and Jones playing dirty and starting off with a 15 yard personal foul that Richt knew to walk away.

We are the defending national champions, something UGA will never be. You’re jealous and were jealous going into the game last year and got your tiny @@@ handed to you. And you can’t stand it.

You play dirty.

Thank you,
Nick
Still living rent free in your minds.

BiggDawgK

November 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

the barn is nothing but classless thugs. The team and the student body are low life trash and they always will be

ARdawg

November 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

Auburn

Relax guy. Most Georgia fans are on the same level as you. Sometimes it gets a little difficult to tell who the earnest fans are because (as you may have noticed) trolls come out of the woodwork. You might be one of 3 true AU fans on the blog today even though there have been 25 posers.

You are correct, one will win and one will lose. I hope we are the winner and you guys are the loser. But I don’t hate you and I won’t be slitting my wrists if we lose. In fact I’d probably buy you a beer.

Roll Tide

November 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

Auburn, the reason won that game was because Garcia went 9-22 passing with at least 1 pick. That had a lot to do with him being terrible, not your defense being good.