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

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
5:33 pm

Dawgs stop crying about last year and just hope your team plays a CLEAN game this year. You better hope that the game doesn’t start like last year. You know when UGA committed a Personal Foul on the second play of the game.

payback!

November 11th, 2011
5:33 pm

After last year’s dirty play by auburn, look for Richt to really run up the score and rub it in good! Dawgs roll—bet the house!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
5:35 pm

Didn’t a UGA fan light the toilet paper in the toomer’s corner trees on fire last year?

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:37 pm

Ga doesn’t commit personal fouls, the refs are just biased. But every other team is just down right dirty.

AU4life

November 11th, 2011
5:38 pm

You Dawg fans are pitiful on this blog! Bringing up Fairley, Newton and Trooper …what a bunch of whiners!! This is a new day and different AU team!! Let go of the past!! I’ve read so may excuses and bad mouthing on here about AU!! At the end of the day it’s all about who wins on the field of play!! May the best team win!! WDE!!!!

set fire 2 the bushes

November 11th, 2011
5:39 pm

yea they did. thats why we going kidnap uga and set there bushes on fire. maybe that dude will still be stuck in em :)

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:39 pm

we the sweetest people in the whole wide world

T.

November 11th, 2011
5:41 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.

I guess your not old enough to remember the Florida Flop
in the Orange Bowl. TALK ABOUT CLASSLESS.

woof

November 11th, 2011
5:42 pm

woof woof woof woof woof. go dawgs!!!! weee eee dawgie, go dawgs. woof woof

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:43 pm

we loves our coach, never ever says any thing bad about him, and our players, well no group of fans are in love with them young boys more than us. we backs them through thick and thin. why we had a player a few years back that some of us nick named ” Joe Cox s…ker’ we just loved him so much.

AU4life

November 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

At the end of the day it’s all about who wins the game!! sick of all you Dog fans talking about the past players at AU!!! It’s a new year and get over AU winning NC fair and square!! Enough of the excuses to flatter your egos to make yourselves feel better!! Move on!! WDE!!!

pencil necked geek

November 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

I was in an elevator with an Auburn grad yesterday. We didn’t speak. How did you know he was an Auburn fan if you didn’t speak, you may ask? I saw his class ring when he was picking his nose!

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

we the best fans in the whole united states of them americas.

T.

November 11th, 2011
5:45 pm

thats why we going kidnap uga

There is no UGA right now.Kidnap him and we’ll get that
old crow ya’ll got and have a barbeque.

scam gone

November 11th, 2011
5:46 pm

without buying expensive QBs, auburn’s not that good. They need to call the boosters to get out their checkbooks again.

UGA is so dumb it has a meaningless letter in its acronym

November 11th, 2011
5:46 pm

I lovingly associate Bill King’s writing with the intelligence of UGA fans. Just looking at his picture on this page makes me bust a gut.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:47 pm

i was ordering at McDonalds the other day with a Ga fan. Know how I knew he was a GA fan? He was behind the counter taking the order.

T.

November 11th, 2011
5:47 pm

Christmas canceled at Auburn, they could not find three wise men nor a virgin.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:48 pm

oxymoron: female ga student and virgin

C from Marietta

November 11th, 2011
5:49 pm

Put it this way. This UGA fan says Roll Tide LOL. Forgot AU.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:49 pm

oxymoron: ga fans and class

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:50 pm

This Auburn fan says forget GA, go SC

trouble is a brewin

November 11th, 2011
5:50 pm

An Auburn Moron who? us?

boots

November 11th, 2011
5:51 pm

Thugs. Last year’s game was full of personal fouls that the refs did not call. It was crazy, and the video evidence proves it. Still, we need to rise above it and play our game and not sink to theirs. If we do, we win this by two touchdowns. Afterwards, we should turn the hoses on their fans and band.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:53 pm

oh that’s right Sc has already gone there and beat the dogs between the hedges this year

how's this for class?

November 11th, 2011
5:53 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.

I guess your not old enough to remember the Florida Flop
in the Orange Bowl. TALK ABOUT CLASSLESS.
_____________________________________________

Thanks to youtube, I can see it today. That was indeed classless. I will now list it as 1b behind the Gator Stomp in 2007. TY

trouble is a brewin

November 11th, 2011
5:55 pm

Go Dawgs! Roll Tide!
OJ got away with it
Casey got away with it.
Scam got away with it.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
5:56 pm

SEC fans are funny. You all have DIRTY players and classless fans. It just rotates as to who is the WORST from year to year.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
5:57 pm

and Jan Kemp rolls over in her grave laughing at the utter hypocrisy of a Ga fan pointing fingers at any other school and complaining about ethics.

jack bull

November 11th, 2011
5:59 pm

Just like almost every game he plays, most of it comes down to A Murray. He plays good, the Dawgs win, he plays poorly, well, we all know how S C ended.

And I just can’t decide, who sticks their chin up higher when they speak, Eugene Chizik or Hussein Obama? And what does it mean when you speak with your chin so high up in the air?

trouble is a brewin

November 11th, 2011
6:01 pm

Gator Stomp in 2007.

The Gators are mad because they didn’t think to do it first. If the Gators had done it I guarntee you ESPN would not have even shown it in the days highlights.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
6:01 pm

I see the blog is slowing down, it is dinner time at the drive through and the Ga fans have got to go back to work.

RoyalD

November 11th, 2011
6:03 pm

Auburn is not referred to as a “cow college” for no reason. ‘Nuff said. HBTD

phildo

November 11th, 2011
6:04 pm

Auburn is the only fan base that boos an enjured player. UF, UT and SC are all above that.

zbulldawg

November 11th, 2011
6:06 pm

HEY 2010 BCS champs JUST how maney SEC championships have you won lately ONE. Big deal Orphans of the SEC ! Without the state of Georgia you won’t even have a football team ! You won’t even be on here come Sunday.Ya’ll have never had any class, It took a good whole GA. boy to bring you anything at all. It hasn’t been long since your mixed up asses where on serious probation and then you had the nerve to want a share of a national title ? DUH Pat Dye kicks a field goal to tie a game Bobby Bowen and the whole nation just laughed at you dumb asses. SICK EM

trouble is a brewin

November 11th, 2011
6:08 pm

who? Us?,Still@theKool-aidBAR,AU4life

Come on now,ya’ll keeping up with everything UGA,
LET’S HEAR IT
IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG,AGAIN NOW, IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG,GO DAWGS Gooooooo Georgia Bulldogs.

trouble is a brewin

November 11th, 2011
6:09 pm

the Ga fans have got to go back to work.
Yeah we don’t get that welfare check like you Barners.

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
6:10 pm

duh…… it is a blog about Auburn and Ga who happen to be playing tomorrow.

hateful situation

November 11th, 2011
6:12 pm

‘Pure Hate’
for the team from the Loveliest Village on the Plains?

T.

November 11th, 2011
6:13 pm

it is a blog about Auburn and Ga
That’s right fellow Dawgs,they don’t have nothing like that in Alabama,land of the dirt road interstate.

zbulldawg

November 11th, 2011
6:16 pm

HEY kool aid bar all I have to say is GET-U-SUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got plenty of it & it’s all free !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

RoyalD
November 11th, 2011
6:03 pm

Auburn is not referred to as a “cow college” for no reason. ‘Nuff said. HBTD

UGA is not referred to as “the cesspool of the south” for no reason. ‘Nuff said. THWG

knock-down, ........ drag-out

November 11th, 2011
6:18 pm

Auburn is 1-3 on the road, beating South Carolina in Columbia.

T.

November 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

Auburn is not referred to as a “cow college” for no reason. ‘Nuff said. HBTD

UGA is not referred to as “the cesspool of the south” for no reason. ‘Nuff said. THWG

Tech is not referred to as “the Joke by Coke” for no reason.
‘Nuff said. THWGT

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

November 11th, 2011
6:24 pm

North Ave Trade School, College of Lincoln Logs

tlsack

November 11th, 2011
6:26 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 11th, 2011
6:27 pm

A good on field brawl will be fun to watch especially if we win

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 11th, 2011
6:27 pm

White Girls Plantation College of Georgia had a Southern Belle busted today for selling drugs out of her dorm room. I guess they found Crowell’s dealer or girlfriend.

Bob

November 11th, 2011
6:29 pm

Congratulations Jake…my old buddy and former classmate. (I wouldn’t have passed Finite Math if you hadn’t been in my class). Jake and Hinds Ward were the best athletes to play football at UGA since the 40s. Come on Dawgs…let’s clinch the SEC East tomorrow in Jake’s honor!

who? Us?

November 11th, 2011
6:29 pm

don’t waste your time, Ga fans never let facts get in the way of their opinions