Georgia-Auburn: ‘It’s what college football is all about,’ Chizik says

It isn’t the bitterest of Georgia’s football rivalries. Just the oldest and most competitive.

Georgia and Auburn first played in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in 1892. They have played 113 times since then. Auburn has won 53. Georgia has won 52. They have tied eight.

So, if Georgia were to win this year’s meeting at Auburn on Saturday, the Deep South’s oldest college-football rivalry would pull completely even at 53-53-8.

After all these games, all these years, only 56 points separate the teams. Georgia has scored 1,778 and Auburn 1,722.  The average score in their meetings is 15.7-15.2.

“I think that as we go on during the week the younger guys will get a better picture of what this rivalry is and has been over the years and what it’s meant,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Sunday. “It’s just a great rivalry. It’s what college football is all about.”

At 113 games, the Georgia-Auburn series is older than Georgia-Georgia Tech (102 games) and Auburn-Alabama (74 games).

Georgia has won the past four meetings, the Bulldogs’ longest winning streak in the series since the 1940s. As Chizik mentioned Sunday, no current Auburn player has experienced a win over Georgia.

Over the years, it has been a curious series in that the road team has won more often than the home team. Georgia has an all-time record of 14-9-2 in games played at Auburn, while the Tigers have an 18-11 record in Athens. The series was mostly played at neutral sites from 1892 through 1958.

Another quirk in the Georgia-Auburn series in recent years is that the lower-ranked team has found disproportionate success. Neither team was ranked entering last year’s game, but the lower-ranked or unranked team has won seven of the past 13 meetings when one or both teams were ranked. As you know, Auburn will go into Saturday’s game ranked No. 2 in the nation and Georgia unranked. In the last meeting of a ranked Auburn vs. an unranked Georgia, the Bulldogs upset the No. 5 Tigers 37-15 in 2006 at Auburn.

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shanahan

November 8th, 2010
10:07 am

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

November 8th, 2010
10:13 am

Red

November 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Auburn should win 55-7.

Jax Dawg

November 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Third,

Will it even be close ??

STAN

November 8th, 2010
10:18 am

Just because nobody expects it….Dawgs win this weekend. Sound crazy? That is college football and is also what makes it so great. GOOO DAWGS!

Sanford Drive

November 8th, 2010
10:18 am

As a UGA alum and die-hard, I do not hate Auburn, though I do consider them our 3rd biggest rival (behind 1. the Nerds and 2. the Lizards).

Auburn is everything an SEC is and should be about. They win respectively and have a great and loyal fanbase to go along with it.

While I love beating Auburn, I do not feel the need to trash talk when we do so (like the previous 4 seasons), and when we lose to them, I feel I can respectively tip my hat and wish them well against BAMA.

I am excited that my Dawgs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend. If we come up short, it’s not as if we were suppose to win, right? We win, we dance in the streets.

Now, go decide on a mascot Auburn. You are confusing the kids.

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

November 8th, 2010
10:18 am

I think we have a chance. Anything can happen in this game, and over the years a lot has. I actually feel a little better about going over to the Plains than playing ‘Tween the Hedges. Newton is due for a subpar game. Maybe this is the week. Look for a big game changing type play from Alec Ogeltree….he is ready. Go Dawgs!!!

Inquiring minds want to know...

November 8th, 2010
10:19 am

Will Grantham have a chance to “choke” anyone?

Will Ealy continue to run like a girl with two hands on the ball while tippy-toeing up to the line of scrimmage?

Will Cam throw or run for more TD’s against that bad UGA defense?

How many times will Commings, Rambo and the rest of the DB’s get out of position for TD throws, and then turn and look at each other like “it wasn’t my guy” and “I thought you were covering him”…

How many wheel routes will AU run with no one close to the intended receiver? (you would think that after getting beat on this play in 9 out of ten games someone would figure out this coverage problem…)

Will Aaron (or any college QB) ever figure out how to throw the fade route pass high enough so that those tall receivers can at least have a chance to jump and catch instead of having the ball underthrown (see, Murray, Garcia, the ND QB, etc)

What stupid call will Bobo make this week – oh, nevermind, we all know the answer to that one…

Spokesman for the SEC East

November 8th, 2010
10:24 am

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

Sure anything can happen when you are a jawja fan except go 6-6 during the preaseason.

Frank Lane

November 8th, 2010
10:25 am

I don’t know what to expect. If the dogs can bottle up Newton (and that is a very big IF), the possibility is there because we should be able to score on the Auburn defense. I am split between the reality of 5-5 and the realization that we are four last drive turnovers away from 8-1.

Dale

November 8th, 2010
10:26 am

Where can I donate money so that the University of Georgia can have a legitimate commercial aired during games? I think ours is written and directed by Athens HS Audio Video club.

dawg girl

November 8th, 2010
10:28 am

Never underestimate the dawgs…everyone wants to forget that Florida had Rainey back against us and no one else this year. Everyone wants to forget about 2006 when a freshman QB went to Auburn and destroyed them, they were ranked #5 and Georgia was not in the top 25. Everyone wants to forget that Auburns secondary is worse than Georgia’s, everyone wants to forget that since Vandy Georgia has scored over 30 points in every game. Everyone wants to forget that Georgia can stop the run…Everyone want to forget Georgia has won 4 in a row, and everyone wants to forget no matter what Cam Newton may be fantastic but even Georgia beat Tim Tebow.

Peediddy

November 8th, 2010
10:29 am

In the name of tradition, this game should go back and be played in Columbus on an annual basis.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

November 8th, 2010
10:29 am

Remember 2006???? Dawgs lost to KY & Vandy- then went on a tear. It could certainly happen again. Auburn might be looking ahead to Bama and slip up. If we can hit on all cylinders- anything is possible.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

November 8th, 2010
10:30 am

I forgot to add, Auburn was ranked very high back in 2006 and had a phenomenal team and i believe the game was in Auburn.

Dale

November 8th, 2010
10:31 am

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Sanford Drive

November 8th, 2010
10:31 am

REMEMBER 2006!!!!

The Dawgs have a very, very bad year. Losing to Tenn, Florida, Vandy, Kentucky, while Auburn had only lost to Arkansas and cracked the top 5 in the BCS poll.

Anybody who truly remembers this,knows that UGA went to the Plains and smacked Auburn in the mouth, repetitively, and walked away a 37-15 Victor!!!

So you do NOT have to dig too deep in the record books to find a similar scenario to this season, with an outcome in the Dawgs favor in this rivalry.

You KNOW the Auburn fans are thinking about 2006 this week!

Sanford Drive

November 8th, 2010
10:36 am

This game shoule be a shootout, as UGA’s offense has been NO joke the last several weeks, and Auburn’s defense has DEFINITELY been a joke all season.

I have ZERO clue what Richt and Grantham will come up with in attempt to stop Auburn, but I was pleased in Richt’s postgame interview this past Saturday when he said his day was only half over, as he was about to meet with his coaches to go over Auburn pre-planning, which he said he never does until Monday.

Dawgs have a “nothing to lose” mentality going in. I like our chances… though they really are just that… “chances”.

Ralph

November 8th, 2010
10:37 am

thUGA coaches and administrators might want to study the Auburn Creed (copied below) to see how athletes and fans should conduct themselves as most Auburn alumni abide by this:

THE AUBURN CREED

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

Saint Simons

November 8th, 2010
10:37 am

Anybody forget what the scoreboard looked like after the ((((30-24)))) beatdown at Tech last season…..

Here is a picture for you!!!

http://theantiorangepage.com/node/3506

harold

November 8th, 2010
10:39 am

RICHT IS 13-11 SINCE 11/29/08. IT IS TIME FOR RICHT TO GO….

jsmithc

November 8th, 2010
10:39 am

i always enjoy the uga auburn game. it is what college football is all about. always alot of fun, both teams have great fans and the tailgating is fantastic. should be another fun weekend when these two teams get together.

Fletch

November 8th, 2010
10:39 am

Red, how will Aub hold UGA to 7 when it gave up 24 to Chatanooga….I’m not saying UGA wins but we’re going to score a hell of a lot more than 7 on that D.

BUBBA GUMP

November 8th, 2010
10:46 am

Auburn won”t know what hit them. Expect a big game from QB Murray and all his recievers. GA wins 24-21

blazer

November 8th, 2010
10:49 am

War Damn Eagle!! win by at least 40 pts!!

Anne

November 8th, 2010
10:51 am

Fletch we were playing walk ons. Better ask tell your quarterback he’s not going to be able to hear come Saturday. AU will be rocking! Better learn how to contain a quarterback give him an extra second he will be GONE! Heading to the SEC championship. You need to worry about beating GTech for a bowl bid.

Sanford Drive

November 8th, 2010
10:55 am

I do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how confident the Auburn Eagles are.

RxDawg

November 8th, 2010
10:58 am

My favorite game of the year. Let’s go shock the world just like 06 and beat Auburn!

1. Auburn’s defense, especially pass defense stinks.

2. UGA’s margin of vicotry (or rather loss) has got to be the closest of any 5-5 team out there. In other words, nobody has blown us out.

3. Shut down Cam Newton, and you shut down Auburn. Yeh… easier said than done.

Dawggie

November 8th, 2010
10:59 am

You Auburn fans really are forgetting your struggles the last few years arent you??

You go out and purchase a known laptop stealing thug from Jr. College and think your program is “turned around”??

Thug Newton will leave after this season, because he will have nothing more to prove, and he has shwon how money hungry he is. Then what??

Are you going to claim next year is a “rebuilding” year after losing a single rent-a-thug??

dawggirl

November 8th, 2010
11:01 am

Would like to hear a rational Auburn fan’s perspective. Are they writing this game off as an automatic win, and already concentrating on Bama? Do they consider the close history, and the success of the road team? Does 2006 factor in at all?

Thanks in advance for the rational response.

For the record, I think Sanford Drive summed up the rivalry perfectly. It’s very respectful, and the Auburn fans do not seem to have the sore winner mentality that other fanbases do.

Dawggie

November 8th, 2010
11:02 am

Why are Auburn fans here anyway??

Does the “Opelika Auburn Now” newspaper not give you any news other than obituaries and land auctions??

Well then let me welcome you to the ajc and the state of Georgia, since your home state didn’t exactly offer you chances at advancement and a good life.

GDBurdell

November 8th, 2010
11:03 am

GO Dawgs, but I think Auburn has this one. Newton is just unstoppable.

Auburn also scores a victory against Georgia teck just by driving by their traffic & crime infested city.

Zach

November 8th, 2010
11:08 am

dawggie, chill. No need for name calling when your team sucks..

From Where I Sit

November 8th, 2010
11:09 am

Dawg fans need to sit back and say nothing and do the talking on the field as so far this year your team once again has not done JACK!

Auburn is juiced to blow you out so for now, I would be flying under the radar, just sayin.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Notso Fast

November 8th, 2010
11:09 am

I think the Dawgs will score a lot but just how do they stop the Tigers? No choke signs this week from the Dawgs.

Tigermarine

November 8th, 2010
11:09 am

dawggirl – no one ever writes off a game as a win when it comes down to GA/AU game. All factors are being watched closely between both teams and I anticipate a great game between the two. For everyone confused the mascot for Auburn is Tigers…our battlecry is War Eagle based off of an old legend dating back to our first football game against…you guessed it..Georgia. To both sides of the fans I say have fun and enjoy centruies of tradition while you’re in Auburn and War Eagle!! Time to head back overseas for this ol grunt.

Sugar Hill Dawg

November 8th, 2010
11:12 am

My two sons attend Auburn. (One’s in the band.) I have grown to love the University – it reminds me so much of what UGA was when I was a student (1971 – 75). I’ve attended several Tiger games this season – enjoyed ‘em all! Two years ago I showed up at the AUMB rehersal in my finest red and black. When they played “Glory’” I belted out “To HELL with Georgia Tech!” loud and clear! I will be there Saturday, with a package of TP to hit Toomer’s Corner after the game. If we should pull off a miracle, I may be the lone guy tossing TP into the oaks. (I may not last long! My boys promised they wouldn’t join in when the AU loyalists attack me, but they’ll be sure to make sure everyone know I was debasing their tradition!) This is one of the great games in the South each year! Go Dogs!

War Damn

November 8th, 2010
11:14 am

Sorry Dawggie, but its the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and not the Athens Journal Constitution. And to dawg girl, in no way is anyone in Auburn writing this off as an automatic victory. UGA upsets AU all the time and it is one of our greatest rivalries.

A Different Jim

November 8th, 2010
11:14 am

Be realistic, Auburn beats GA by 2 to 3 touchdowns. We (GA) have not beaten anyone with a winning record.

Ralph

November 8th, 2010
11:15 am

Dwaggie – you somehow equate a single unsubstantiated rumor that started at another school to the record breaking number of thUGA arrests this season. thUGA has surpassed UT, UF, Miami, and FSU as the most undisciplined team in history – which reflects on the players, coaches, administrators and fan base (many of whom relish it).

Your and thUGA’s credibility is stupendously suspect.

dawggirl

November 8th, 2010
11:15 am

Tigermarine, thanks for your thoughts on the game, and most importantly, thank you for your service!

I hope it will be a great game as well. Much more fun with it being such a close record overall.

dawggirl

November 8th, 2010
11:18 am

I still think Cam Newton will run all over our still-in-training defense, but I’m curious to see what our offense can do.

Unfortunately, this game may come down to a battle of turnovers, which didn’t exactly work out so well for us in Jacksonville.

Ralph

November 8th, 2010
11:21 am

If Auburn’s Cam Newton is the whole team going to the NFL, what is A.J. Green?

Which team do you suppose will be higher ranked at both the beginning and end of next season?

Did you hear Cam Newton trash talking this week like A.J. Green? Newton learned his lesson at UF, but Green is just a thug. Compare the two when they are interviewed.

Rivalry Logic

November 8th, 2010
11:23 am

UGA defense only marginally better than Auburn’s, if at all.

UGA 5-5; Auburn 10-0.

Auburn playing for BCS championship spot; UGA playing for bowl eligibility.

Auburn ranked # 2; UGA unranked.

Everything says Auburn wins.

Conclusion: Take UGA to win outright.

GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER

November 8th, 2010
11:24 am

Hey Dawggie, I wouldn’t be talking about “rent a thugs” if I were you. Take a look at the GA Football arrest report before you start talking about other programs. If GA had a shot to get CAM they would have jumped all over it. He has spurned his home state twice and you can’t stand it. The bottom line is GA can’t recruit a top knotch offensive player as long as you have BoBo calling your boring plays.

doggie

November 8th, 2010
11:25 am

I’m a dog.. There is no way we win against this Auburn team. I’ve been optimistic for a long time but no more. Auburn is due for one. We won’t contain #2 and we will just be getting off the bus in the second half. I refuse to be suckered into the “maybe we’ll win this one” kind of thinking this week. I will have a better week and a better saturday because of it. Dawgs prove us naysayers wrong will ya? We WILL beat tech…

producewiz

November 8th, 2010
11:27 am

that’s why I wanted Mike Sleigh to go after Texas and Oaklaoma as new SEC members.Texas between teh Hedges,Sooners at night against L.S.U., all red Tide and Sooners,all Orange Tennessee and Texas.Come to the Swamp,the Plains,etc

Browndog

November 8th, 2010
11:28 am

I expect Auburn to be laser focused on this game. UGA will have to play a perfect game to stay around. If UGA gets behind early it will be a long night.

Joe

November 8th, 2010
11:29 am

dawg girl……UGA has won 4 in a row??? forget about Fla??

dawggirl

November 8th, 2010
11:30 am

The line will probably be about 17.