Another tight game likely in dead-even Georgia-Auburn series

Gus Malzahn's uptempo, run-oriented offense poses a major challenge for Georgia. (Associated Press)

Gus Malzahn's uptempo, run-oriented offense poses a major challenge for Georgia. (Associated Press)

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry — and probably the nation’s most evenly matched college football series, tied up at 54-54-8 — kicks off at 3:39 Saturday in Auburn with the No. 7-ranked Tigers looking to avenge last year’s 38-0 whipping.

It’s a game full of interesting storylines. A daunting task faces Todd Grantham’s Georgia defense, as Gus Malzahn’s suddenly revived program — the college game’s most startling turnaround this season — boasts the SEC’s best and the nation’s third-best rushing attack. Better than that, the Tigers are led by Nick Marshall, a dual-threat quarterback who used to be a defensive back for Mark Richt’s Bulldogs.

But while the Dogs have had their troubles on the defensive side this season, defending the run has been their strong point, with Georgia ranking fourth in the conference and 20th nationally against the ground game. And for a Georgia offense that faltered midseason after an incredible rash of injuries to key personnel, the return of Todd Gurley (even at less than 100 percent) and Michael Bennett seems to have restored some of the explosiveness that early in the season made the Bulldogs one of the nation’s most prolific scoring attacks.

The key to the success of Malzahn’s uptempo offense so far has been its heavy reliance on the zone read option, with both Marshall and tailback Tre Mason racking up big yardage. In fact, the running game has been going so good for Auburn that the Tigers have attempted only a handful of passes in the past couple of games, meaning they don’t worry about defenses trying to make them one-dimensional — they already are that way by choice.

As Malzahn put it recently, “When you’re running the football just keep doing it. That’s kind of who we’re developing in to. I still believe we can throw the football. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can but when you don’t have to, there’s a pretty good feeling when you can line up and run the football at will.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (left) and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham both need to be on their game Saturday. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (left) and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham both need to be on their game Saturday. (Jason Getz / AJC)

When the Tigers do throw it, it’s likely to be a long ball to Sammie Coates, whose 24.9 yards per catch average is second in the nation behind only Baylor’s Tevin Reese.

Auburn’s also pretty good in the aspect of the game that Richt tends to overlook: special teams. The Tigers’ Chris Davis leads the nation in punt returns and burned Tennessee 85 yards for a touchdown, and Auburn leads the league in kickoff return yardage, which isn’t a great matchup against the Bulldogs, who are last in the SEC in kickoff coverage. Against the Vols, Auburn also scored on a kickoff return.

On the other side of the ball, Auburn is, thankfully, mediocre. The Tigers — whose defensive line is overseen by former Georgia coach Rodney Garner — rank 10th in the SEC in total defense, ninth in run defense and 11th in pass defense, giving up 394.4 yards a game, including 238.8 through the air, so Georgia should be able to move the ball and score.

One caveat: The Tigers do rank fourth in the SEC in interceptions, with 11, and senior defensive end Dee Ford, who quashed Johnny Football’s final effort in Auburn’s big win over Texas A&M, has seven sacks in eight games. In that game, Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth TD, but was intercepted twice.

So, how do the No. 25 Bulldogs beat the juggernaut from the Plains?

I think as Gurley and Georgia’s running game go, so go the Bulldogs’ chances. If the Bulldogs can establish the run, Aaron Murray’s likely to see his receivers a lot more open, giving Georgia the offensive balance it needs. Twice this season the Dogs have come up with game-saving 8-minute-plus drives, and a few long clock-killers would come in very handy Saturday, keeping Marshall and Malzahn’s hurry-up offense cooling their heels on the sideline. Auburn’s defense isn’t that good, so that’s the team you want on the field as much as possible.

But, like South Carolina and LSU, this is going to have to be a game where playcaller Mike Bobo and Murray have nearly perfect games. With Georgia’s defense probably stressed to the max by the Auburn attack, the Dogs can’t afford to lose serve when they get the ball.

Auburn's Nick Marshall doesn't throw it often, but when he does he tends to hit deep balls. (Associated Press)

Auburn's Nick Marshall doesn't throw it often, but when he does he tends to hit deep balls. (Associated Press)

That’s not to say I think that stopping Marshall and Mason is a lost cause. It’s been slow and incremental — and interspersed with enough clueless plays that you might overlook it — but Georgia’s young defense actually has made progress this season, and the Dogs have moved up to fifth in the SEC in total defense and are tied for ninth in scoring defense at 28.8.

As Richt noted earlier this week, defending an attack like Auburn’s is a lot like defending Georgia Tech’s triple-option. It’s all about discipline and your defenders sticking with their assignments and playing the gaps they’re supposed to play.

Georgia’s defensive front has been the strength of the team so far, and if they can get into the Auburn backfield and disrupt those last-second read-option exchanges between Marshall and Mason, the Tigers have shown a penchant for fumbling at times this season. A few takeaways could do a lot for the Dogs’ chances in this game.

My biggest concern about Georgia’s defense is the same one Richt cited when he was asked on this week’s “Bulldogs Hotline” radio program in what area he’d most like to see defensive improvement. He said defending the outside perimeter, where the Dogs have at times this season tended to lose containment.

Of course, Georgia’s spotty pass defense always is a concern, but in choosing his poison, I think Grantham’s odds are better if he stacks the box against the run and forces Marshall to try and win the game with his inconsistent arm.

The play of Todd Gurley against Auburn may wind up being the biggest factor in a Georgia win. (University of Georgia)

The play of Todd Gurley against Auburn may wind up being the biggest factor in a Georgia win. (University of Georgia)

If the Dogs can avoid any special teams meltdowns, the defense slows down Auburn’s rushing attack a bit — I don’t think you can shut it down completely — and Georgia’s offense plays anywhere near its capability, I think the Red and Black can win.

But it probably will be a close one.

Now, let’s dig into some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

J.E. Place writes: Why is UGA playing at Auburn two years in a row?

The game hasn’t been played at the same site in consecutive years since it was held in Columbus 1930-1958, but thanks to the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC and no firm decision yet on how to handle cross-divisional rivalries, the conference has spent last year and this season vamping with stand-alone schedules. And this season Georgia and Auburn’s insistence on meeting every year meant that the Dogs had to head to Auburn for the second straight year. Hopefully they’ll get back on track next season.

Steve writes: You stated “Lack of speed in keeping outside containment is still a bit worrying.” I’ve never heard about a speed concern. Could you give more detail? Is this with the OLB’s, ILB’s, safeties, corners? I have heard TV announcers often criticizing Leonard Floyd a lot about “not setting the edge”. I’ve also seen our OLBs not being physical enough, where opponents’ small wide receivers are blocking our OLBs (really just fronting them). I wouldn’t say speed, but our ILBs just seem to be “slow” in reacting to plays. Against Auburn’s spread, if we don’t do well on off-tackle and sweeps, its gonna be a long day.

I’m not talking foot speed so much as speed in reacting. Georgia’s young defense has played tentatively at times this season and has tended to get burned by misdirection. And, unfortunately, we don’t have a superhuman presence like Alec Ogletree this year who can zip from one side of the field to the other in time to stop big gains on the perimeter.

The Shevlins write: Are the officials under pressure from league offices to flag targeting? It seems to be the penalty d’jour. Obviously the complaints are attributable to the newness of the rule and the inability to overturn the 15 yards. We have always argued over the subjectivity of penalties. Nobody complained about “letting them play” in the LSU game when it came to pass interference.

I think they have been under a certain pressure to call the targeting penalty, and the rule itself tends to do that the way it’s written, since it says that if the officials aren’t sure whether it was targeting, they should throw the flag any way. The rule is a complete mess that hopefully will be addressed in the offseason.

Jim P. writes: Bill, I’ve noticed something that was very apparent against Appalachian State. Even the announcers on WSB-TV mentioned it became so obvious after an App State pass completion, between 3 Bulldog defenders. Due to the targeting rule (which affected them again Saturday), Georgia defenders are being apprehensive about how they hit and tackle receivers. This is slowing them down and forcing them to think instead of allowing their natural, football instincts. I believe this is causing a part in some of the failures and confusion of the defense this year. It is almost impossible to coach a correct hit for every possible scenario of body twists in a split second without being hesitant. And that hesitancy can be the difference that costs a first down, score, or penalty I, unfortunately, do not believe tackling will get better until changes are made to the rule.

I think you’re on the money with that observation, Jim, and Coach Richt talked about that some earlier in the season. Players like Corey Moore who’ve been flagged for targeting may say that they’re not going to let it affect how they play the game, but I think it’s only natural that there’s going to be a split second of indecision on their part. And, like you noted, I’m not sure there’s much coaches can do about that.

Not many can match Larry Munson for creating a radio picture of the game. (AJC file)

Not many can match Larry Munson for creating a radio picture of the game. (AJC file)

Martha Shepherd writes: This is a hard question to ask but Scott Howard … reminds me of Al Ciraldo of Georgia Tech years ago. Al was not very good at giving you a current picture of the events on the field. It was almost as if the play was over before he would start to describe the good details, like, what yard line is the guy end on? Which he never did. Scott has every thing you need (I know there is only one Larry Munson) BUT he says way too much when he ought to be telling you what is happening at the time the play is unfolding, not a minute (which can be an eternity) down the road. Larry was brilliant at this. You could “see” the play while it is happening. Somebody should put a bug in Scott’s ear.

Because I’m either at the game or watching on television, I generally only hear Scott’s highlights — the scoring plays — after the fact, so I don’t have that good a feel for how well he’s been doing lately setting up the plays. But I do know that not many announcers are as great as Munson was at creating an aural picture of the game, and perhaps that’s because younger announcers have come up in the age of television as opposed to Munson’s generation, which was raised on radio.

Steve Yearta writes: Dear Bill, I’ve come to accept the inevitabilities of life: death, taxes, and the fact that Georgia will be a good team under Mark Richt but never challenge Alabama for SEC supremacy as long as Nick Saban is coaching in Tuscaloosa. The 2013 season has been par for the Richt course: some good to great wins (South Carolina, LSU and Florida) but the usual egg laid (Vanderbilt). Of the other losses, Mizzou was just better than Georgia and but for special teams miscues Clemson was a winnable game. You wrote recently that this Georgia season isn’t the kind that gets a coach fired, and that is precisely coach Richt’s recipe for longevity: have enough success that your AD will look like a fool if he fires you and the football program tanks for the next 5 years. I don’t want to go through the ordeal Tennessee has endured since Phil Fulmer’s firing, so I’ve tossed back the Kool-Aid and realize things could be worse.

Not an unfair summation, Steve, but I still believe Richt will have that breakthrough year. I guess that’s the essence of being a college football fan, though, isn’t it?

Go Dogs!

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231 comments Add your comment

BigDawgSam

November 15th, 2013
11:16 am

First. Gonna be a great weekend to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Cigar Guy

November 15th, 2013
11:27 am

Go Dawgs! From across the pond

DRex

November 15th, 2013
12:00 pm

The ‘06 matchup on the Plains seemed like a bigger mismatch than this game. I like our chances. HBTD!

Spike

November 15th, 2013
12:03 pm

Ruin their season!!

SimpleDawg

November 15th, 2013
12:09 pm

The Dawgs have a rough row to hoe coming up this weekend. The offense will have to put up 50 pts. to win…..maybe more.

I sure miss the days when we could always count on the defense to keep us in the game. Defense Never Sleeps….. But, those days are gone, and maybe forever with all of these restrictive rules on the defense.

Defenses all over the SEC are giving up lots of points. The teams that win can score almost at will.

The times they are a-changin’……

SimpleDawg

November 15th, 2013
12:12 pm

My favorite Auburn vs Georgia game was 1996. My daughter had a boy-girl party at our house for her 14th birthday…..

About half of the guys were in the den with me watching that game and the overtime periods…..

The daughter wasn’t too pleased.

Columbus Dawg

November 15th, 2013
12:19 pm

The University of Georgia and it’s coaching staff desperately need this win to show the sports world that it is NOT in fact the worst coached ranked team in the SEC. There are MANY opinionated Auburn folks here in the Columbus area, and most of them think that being inept will be UGA’s downfall in this game, and with good reason. The Georgia folks I know in this area, which includes some pretty big boosters, only point to the loss to Mizzou as being lost due to the injuries suffered against TN. The Clemson and Vanderbilt losses were coaching failures. Whether it was special teams blunders, inept play calling, or just a plain lack of fundamental tackling, brought on by a lack of fundamentals being taught, and drilled for that matter. While it is true that winning anything of consequence is all but lost for 2013, but the Dawgs in this area point to this game and ask the question, “Can Georgia allow Auburn to regroup and pass our program while struggling every year to get an adequate offense and defense on the field?’ This game has HUGE implications as to yep, the same old thing, the perception of the UGA program. Bill, your point about the team having problems getting up for App State, I hear you on that, but they must be ready for a war this week if they are going to have a chance. It does sound like Gurley is ready to pound. The D must step up bigger than it has this year. Richt did hit on that fact in his interview, so maybe they have put in the work necessary to stand strong. Oh, by the way coach, the Tigers are going to throw the crap out of the ball, and you had better be ready for it.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 15th, 2013
12:24 pm

“Richt will have that breakthrough year”………………..when he decides to find some assistants that can coach both sides of the game including special teams

until then, enjoy 2 or more losses each season with a delightful trip to the Outback or Chik-fil-a bowl

Matt P

November 15th, 2013
12:37 pm

Glad I’m not the only one who noticed that with Scott Howard. One opponent’s scoring play was described something like this, as I recall: “They’re in a shot-gun….. touchdown.” Or again, here’s a Scott Howard running play… “They hand him the ball… and he’s tackled.” A LOOONG tmie later, you find out how many yards were gained – and I’m not even saying the exact yards, I’m saying was it short yardage, long yardage, zero gain. He’s gotten better from his first season, where it was WHAM SCREAM EVERYTHING, but listening to the game can still be excruciating.

george

November 15th, 2013
12:37 pm

predictions:
Au: 45 uga 35

at least one uga player gets in a fight

per usual the refs will be blamed for the game

chants of we are a year or two away will begin for the 34th consecutive year.

Notchocheese

November 15th, 2013
12:43 pm

Auburn always does well with JC quarterback who was kicked out of another SEC school

USC Jimi

November 15th, 2013
12:46 pm

Auburn has got to be the comeback team of the season so far. E. Johnson has the defense playing light years better than last year. It should be a great match-up!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

November 15th, 2013
12:47 pm

Aubarn also does well when donations for “Get paid and play”: are up

dudemankind

November 15th, 2013
12:58 pm

I agree with the opinion about Scott Howard’s play by play calling. Also, he gets too excited too often during the broadcast. I could go on and on…but we all know Munson was one of a kind and can’t be replaced ever.

Wait Til Next Year

November 15th, 2013
1:08 pm

@ Flat Tire- Your comment at 12:47 was right on !!! LOL. Also Richt is always good for the 9 to 10 win season each year and a Tampa, Orlando or Atlanta trip. Just enough to save his job.

7576DAWG

November 15th, 2013
1:14 pm

Marshall Morgan will be the difference in this game.

kyle

November 15th, 2013
1:20 pm

To all the coach right doubters think about the 2012 sec championship. A fake punt,blocked field goal and one of the few offenses to be affective on Alabama throughout the saban era nearly took down the beast. Had a tipped ball not happened, alot of you would be feeling differently of him.

robodawg

November 15th, 2013
1:30 pm

I expect another nailbiter. We’re good at stopping a straight-up rushing attack, but a running quarterback seems to cause us troubles. We tend to break containment on QBs alot. I don’t see us keeping the score low. Murray will need to be on his game and the OL will need to dominate and not play down to the competition. Avoid the three-and-outs on offense, don’t settle for FGs, and the 4th quarter will be ours.

todd44dawg

November 15th, 2013
1:33 pm

agreed kyle Ga wins 41-38

dawgfan

November 15th, 2013
1:33 pm

The 2012 SEC Championship is exactly what has made me such a serious Richt doubter. It was a very winnable game for a spot in the BCS Title game and Richt blew it. Forget the stupid tipped pass. I’m sick of hearing about that. If our defense had been even remotely competent in that game we would have won. With a national championship on the line our defense QUIT in the 2nd half. That’s a reflection of their leadership. Bama wanted it more than we did. That’s why they won. That game came down to guts and they had more than we did. That’s just all there is to it.

If, if, if. That’s about all we’ve had under Richt is a bunch of if’s. Winners don’t play they if game. They just get it done.

Richt is not a winner. I’m sorry.

old dog

November 15th, 2013
1:36 pm

Bill,
I agree….the breakthrough season may be coming, but not as long as we have the d-strategy we have now. And, how is the future on the o-line looking? We need more help there than folks realize, and we have lost some big-time o-line recruits to our competitors.
We need a complete over-haul on defense…………….

Bulldawg35

November 15th, 2013
1:41 pm

We will not be able to stop Sammy Coates…..who is going to cover him….Damian swann? Even Shaq wiggins has given up some big plays this year. He is still under weight to play in the SEC. Auburn ran all over Jeff Janacek’s defense and Grantham’s defense is about the same…mediocrity.

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
1:44 pm

If the Dawgs are mostly healthy, which it appears that we are getting back healthy, we are the best team Auburn will have faced before they play Alabama. A healthy UGA is better than the LSU and Texas A&M teams they played. They aren’t better than LSU, South Carolina, Clemson, and maybe even the Mizzou team that we played. We would beat Auburn by 10-14 at home, but I say we win by 7 on the road cause that’s a tough place to play when Auburn is good. As long as we just play our game on offense and get SOMETHING, ANYTHING, from our young defense, we’ll be fine.

old dog

November 15th, 2013
1:45 pm

Bulldawg35,
Mediocrity? That is a compliment as opposed to what I have seen………

george

November 15th, 2013
1:46 pm

706-407- I hope for your sake this is not a serious post. good gracious

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
1:47 pm

What wouldn’t be serious about it? You can respectfully disagree. That’s cool. But I’m dead serious

Bulldawg35

November 15th, 2013
2:00 pm

The only way we win this game is we only have to punt 2 times. We force 2-4 turnovers. We have about 4 sacks. Gurley rushes for 150 yards….Murray has no turnovers…..we hold them to no more than 250 yards rushing.,,,I just don’t see how we can get it done..

Bulldawg35

November 15th, 2013
2:03 pm

When we lose to auburn…our road record will be 1-3….anybody wondering why UGA can’t win a championship? Well theirs your answer.

Bulldawg35

November 15th, 2013
2:05 pm

I expect auburn too attack our edges…I mean why not? All the opposing teams can clearly see on film that we have OLB’s and CB’s that can’t get off blocks and tackle very well.

Bulldawg35

November 15th, 2013
2:09 pm

The only way Richt ever wins the sec again…is if saban and spurrier leaves the SEC. No doubt spurrier hammers us again in Columbia with Hutson mason at qb.

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
2:12 pm

If we just go be “Georgia” on offense, that’s running Gurley, play action, and balance, we’ll get 250+ passing and 200-250 as a team rushing between Gurley, Green and Douglas. The defense needs to show improvement and handle the run. Auburn runs so much, they’ll get yards, but we gotta get 3rd down stops even if we give up a few 1st downs. Auburn is good and they are having a good season, but we acting as if they are just some dominating force that we cannot be beat.

old dog

November 15th, 2013
2:15 pm

We gotta remember…..Marshall has something to prove. Apparantly, he was not “good enough” to be a QB at UGA. Now, here he is starting on a top-ranked team. Their defense, as a few have pointed out, may be not that good but they have been good enough to win more games than we have. I hope we win. If the line will step up and protect, we can. Murray has taken a little more criticism than he has deserved. Let us not forget that we have an extremely average o-line, which is why Murray hasn’t looked quite as sharp against the better teams.

george

November 15th, 2013
2:18 pm

well then you are a moron 706

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
2:18 pm

The biggest advantage for Auburn tomorrow is that the game is at Jordan-Hare. Other than that, are they really THAT good that we should write this one up as an L? I know what we are capable of. So am I missing something about Auburn here with the whole “we’re gonna lose” chatter?

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
2:20 pm

Ok george, back off the moron talk. You sitting behind a computer so it’s easy to be brave…I’m here to talk football. disagree if you want, but chill with the moron talk

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
2:23 pm

old dog good points…but we forget that he was without virtually every playmaker he has on offecnse for a few games so no one could separate to make plays. Guys are starters and back ups for a reason.

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
2:24 pm

BMac

November 15th, 2013
2:40 pm

oooohhh big bad auburn…Where is all this crap coming from??? They scored some points on a TERRIBLE Texas A&M Defense. Earlier in the year they got throttled by LSU (the only other decent team they’ve played). UGA is not healthy again by any means but they are healthy enough. Dawgs win by 2 TD’s mark it down.

Dog4Life

November 15th, 2013
2:42 pm

Old Dog–good points. However, keep in mind, Marshall really has nothing to prove to UGA. He is the one who suggested he wanted to play CB, so he was recruited as a CB. There never was a QB issue with Marshall. he stole from teammates or classmates and he got punished by the Student Council and College–not CMR. Secondly, our OLBers are terrible with containment–but that is scheme not athleticism. Third, NC (i agree with most your posts and attitude)scheme is everything in football. Schemes are designed to put the players in the best position to make stops–then you are correct it is their ability to make open space tackles etc…, but if they are not in the correct position to have the stop opportunity it becomes a moot point. As stated in a much earlier post, i played in the arena, our coach schemed and planned and then told us to be disciplined and execute according to scheme and we would be fine–it is how it works. 706, remember the only morons are the ones who hide behind computers and talk smack–welcome to the conversation

old dog

November 15th, 2013
3:12 pm

Dog4Life,
Our “scheme” as you put it ain’t workin’ on the d-side. We have spent too much time “scheming” and not enough producing. Even if it is all youth, mistakes, etc. we apparently do not have the wherewithall to properly run it. We need to totally re-assess our whole defensive philosophy. If it wouldn’t work with NFL top-rounders, it won’t now, at least not for us.
However, and Bill might agree, we have won the games solely on skill position stand outs. Our o-line is average at best, our special teams, barring the fg kicker are pretty bad, and our defense needs to start from scratch. The system does not work for UGA….let somebody else try it.

bald dawg

November 15th, 2013
3:17 pm

our players can beat their players! but dont think our coaching staff can beat their staff. dont know what that will mean on the final score board.but go dawgs!!

RiffRaff

November 15th, 2013
3:20 pm

I know special teams has been a flop this year. Except for Morgan, he has been really impressive.

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
3:24 pm

Dog4Life I feel ya…Hey yall forgive me, I just don’t see where Auburn can beat us, unless they run for like 300+ yds or something crazy like that and we absolutely give the game away. I personally want to see them pass against us.

Mark_Another_One

November 15th, 2013
3:27 pm

I see this being like most SEC games, a battle of the lines. Murray has the skill players and so does Marshall. I give the edge to Murray as a QB, but the lines need to play and play hard. Give Murray time and Gurley the holes, and UGA’s offense will score. Our offensive line can do that. If we keep Marshall contained and force him to pass, this becomes a UGA win. If we don’t, he will wear out our defense and Auburn has us in a shootout. The real issue is the UGA defensive front seven.

I don’t bet on games but my belief is UGA’s front seven will yield early and adjust to force Marshall to pass. I see it as UGA by 4.

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
3:36 pm

Marshall has a cannon arm, but I still rather see him pass to beat us. If he were a better passer, they’d pass more. They ran this offense with Cam a few years back and he threw it…a lot. But I believe we score on them easier than most teams we’ve played this season. They’ll be hyped early at home with the 3:30 CBS game and all, but one good drive by us should kill that noise.

Scott Young

November 15th, 2013
3:36 pm

You quoted Steve Yearta who wrote: Dear Bill, I’ve come to accept the inevitabilities of life: death, taxes, and the fact that Georgia will be a good team under Mark Richt but never challenge Alabama for SEC supremacy as long as Nick Saban is coaching in Tuscaloosa.
We came w/in a tipped pass of beating Bama last season and being Natl Champs. We finished #4 in the polls. Richt has 7 top 10 finishes – that’s never happened since 1892 at UGA

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
3:39 pm

I agree Mark, front 7 better play a really solid game

ARdawg

November 15th, 2013
3:40 pm

old dog
Marshall didn’t want to play QB at Georgia. He chose defense

From 706 to 407

November 15th, 2013
3:45 pm

Scott…I believe we came within a DJ Shockley injury that caused him to miss the Florida game of a title game vs Ohio State in 05. Football is a funny game and what’s happening in Bama isn’t normal. You can sign top classes, coach em up perfectly, and still never get that elusive title. It’s football.

Gooney

November 15th, 2013
3:48 pm

1- Auburn’s scoring defense is TONS better than UGA’s, #22 in nation, UGA is #78
2- Qb’s are same in accuracy and passing effic when Auburn’s at home and UGA is on the road
3- Look for Murray to struggle–he has a 1-10 lifetime record vs top 10 teams, losing 91% of his starts over his disappointing career
4- Come down to turnover margin—UGA is ranked 108th, Aub 59th
5- Auburn’s offense is terrific, #17 in scoring, UGA is #30
6- 3rd downs–Auburn is ranked #33, UGA offrense ranked #69
7- Look for a few interceptions from Aaron Murray–he has finished LAST IN NCAA with 14 interceptions in 2011, #90 with 11 interceptions in 2012. #90 in 2013 with 7 so far in just 9 games–on track for 3 more int’s in 2013–look for 1-2 in this game

Auburn wins, going away…..