Georgia-Auburn preview: Can Dogs tie the series at 53-53-8?

Georgia vs. Auburn at a glance:

When, where, TV

3:30 p.m. Saturday, Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium, CBS

3 storylines

  • 1. The Cam Newton Show. The Auburn quarterback, the most talked-about player in college football, will be on center stage. Will he be distracted by the rampant reports of alleged improprieties in his recruitment and academic record? Or will he run roughshod over Georgia, as he has over most opponents? (He is the only player in the country this season with five games of 170-plus rushing yards.)
  • 2. Division title on the line. An Auburn victory would clinch the SEC West title and a berth in the Dec. 4 conference championship game in Atlanta for the Tigers -– regardless of what happens in their Nov. 26 game against Alabama. It figures to be an electric environment in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • 3. Seeking a signature win. Although Georgia has won four of its past five games, it has not beaten a team with a winning record this season. The Bulldogs (5-5, 3-4 SEC) have gotten their wins over teams that currently have a cumulative record of 13-33. An upset of No. 2-ranked Auburn (10-0, 6-0) would certainly enhance the 2010 Bulldogs’ resume.

A Georgia win would . . .

  • Make the Bulldogs bowl-eligible for the 14th consecutive season.
  • Tie the all-time Georgia-Auburn series at 53-53-8.

An Auburn win would . . .

  • Not only put the Tigers in the SEC championship game but keep them on track for a possible berth in the BCS title game.
  • Break the Tigers’ four-game losing streak to Georgia, their longest in the series since the 1940s.

Keep an eye on . . .

  • For Auburn: The Tigers have a dominating player on both sides of the ball –- Newton on offense and Nick Fairley on defense. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton, from College Park, is the SEC’s leading rusher with an average of 114.6 yards per game; that includes a stretch of three SEC games – against Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU – in which he ran for 603 yards. The 6-5, 298-pound Fairley, a defensive tackle, leads the SEC in tackles-for-loss with 18 and ranks second in the league (behind Georgia linebacker Justin Houston) in sacks with 7.5.
  • For Georgia: The Bulldogs figure to need a lot of points to stay in the game, and that will require a strong start-to-finish performance from quarterback Aaron Murray. He was shaky in the early going of the past two games against Florida and, even, Idaho State.  “I’m hoping the last two games were just two random days and that that won’t happen anymore,” Murray said. “I’ve not been as accurate as I wanted to be to start games off.”

The numbers game

  • 9-6: The road team’s record in the past 15 Georgia-Auburn games.
  • 7: Consecutive years in which the Georgia-Auburn winner has been the team with the most rushing yards in the game
  • 1996: The last year Georgia finished the season with a losing record in SEC games, 3-5. (The Bulldogs enter their final SEC game of this season with a 3-4 league record.)

The history book

  • Series record: Auburn leads 53-52-8, although Georgia holds a 14-9-2 edge in games played at Auburn.
  • Last meeting: Georgia won 31-24 in Athens last season as a 24-yard Caleb King run with 6:52 to play broke a 24-24 tie. Safety Bacarri Rambo saved the win when, with just over a minute to play, his hard hit dislodged a pass from Auburn’s Mario Fannin inside the Georgia 5-yard line. Rambo suffered a concussion on the play and spent the night in the hospital.

The bottom line

Auburn is favored by eight points. But given the records and rankings, a Georgia win probably would feel like a larger upset than that.

163 comments Add your comment

Go

November 11th, 2010
10:27 pm

Go

November 11th, 2010
10:29 pm

Sweet, first!

Cam Newton (if he plays) will prove to be too much for the Dogs D’. I see this game playing out more like the 2004 AU/UGA game than in 2006. The only way UGA wins is if they win the turnover battle by 3 or more…

icedawg

November 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

It used to be that the visiting team would win the game. Dawgs can score and usually enough to win a game but the defense is pretty porous especially for the run and AU QB has got the pedals. No brainer. AU goes the distance at home.

Third

November 11th, 2010
11:13 pm

Bailey

November 11th, 2010
11:14 pm

Auburn averages 43 ppg, and nothing about the UGA Defense tells me that Auburn won’t at LEAST score their average. Which means that UGA would have to score 44 to win…I don’t see that happening.

Pitbull

November 11th, 2010
11:33 pm

As for Ga, I’ll stay with the old saying “good teams find a way to win, bad teams find a way to lose”. Dawgs will find a way to lose just like against Fla and every other loss this season. It started at SC and never ended!!~ They are a collection of losers, NUFF SAID!

DAWG555

November 11th, 2010
11:34 pm

Falcons! Sorry….just got diverted. Go Dawgs!

NC DAWGS FAN

November 11th, 2010
11:41 pm

DAWGS ON TOP!…. Georgia takes the W 45-42.

Cam Newton is a fraud, but DAWGS prevail in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

SECISTHEBEST

November 11th, 2010
11:55 pm

I would love to see the dogs pull it out, but I’m a reaslist. Auburn is the better team. AND CAM SHOULD WIN THE HEISMAN. He’s by far the best football player in the country.

SatillaDawg

November 12th, 2010
12:14 am

Go DAWGS!

Beat War Beagles!

Lost Dawg

November 12th, 2010
12:27 am

Put, Akeem Dent on Newton every play, tackle him every play whether he has the ball or not and UGA will win. Vince Dooley did the same thing 3 years in a row with an all american running back by the name of Emmitt Smith. Dooley called it going into the game Limit Emmit. You can look back at the record books and Smith never had a 50 yard rushing day against UGA.
Clemson put a spy on him this season and neaqrly beat Auburn. UGA should be able to do the same. AKEEM DENT!!!!!!! Same size as newton same speed, leads the team in tackles.
It will work.

MCG DAWG

November 12th, 2010
12:34 am

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT!

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BBBieUgaVIII

November 12th, 2010
12:40 am

Who’s #’s do we believe? The net has the series record at UGA 50 Auburn 49 Ties 6. It doesn’t matter but Auburn can Tie it at 50 on both sides or UGA 52 Auburn 53 Ties 8 and UGA can even the series.
Can WE all agree the series is EVEN and This ONE HUGE GAME will make one of the schools the LEADER in this OLDEST FOOTBALL GAME IN THE SOUTH a LEADER in the series?

MEP

November 12th, 2010
12:41 am

Look for a HUGE game from Caleb King. He is frustrated to have to split carries with Wayshaun and is FINALLY going to use his experience and build up his confidence on the big stage. Aaron needs help. Too much pressure for a freshman to do this all by himself. GO DAWGS!!!

Saint Simons

November 12th, 2010
12:42 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Gator FAN

November 12th, 2010
6:30 am

HMMMMM…. Let’s see!
Auburn is 10-0 – has jelled as a team – and is finding ways to win games while statistically beating their opponents.

UGA is 5-5 – with losses to South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Colorado – and Florida.
IN stead of finding ways to win games – UGA is finding ways to lose plays.

Against good running teams – UGA has looked poor this year – see south Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida (see florida with running QB).

How can UGA win?
– They need to score points – and lots of them.
– They will not STOP Auburn – but need a few turnovers and slow them down – cannot let Auburn convert 3rd downs

How can Auburn win?
– Just show up and play their game.

Reality:
UGA is not a good team.
UGA is a mediocre team.
UGA will be 5-6 heading into Tech.
UGA will be that tail beat – and Auburn runs over UGA in the forth quarter to put an exclamation point in winning the SEC West Title.

Final score:
Auburn 42 – UGA 27

dawgfan

November 12th, 2010
6:33 am

We’ll keep it interesting but Auburn will put it to bed midway through the 4th quarter. Same ole same ole.

Unlike some who either don’t know what they are talking about or just want to whine, our defense is actually halfway decent this year. I think we do a sufficient job of keeping Newton in check for most of the game, but he’ll break a couple of big ones and that will be the difference. This is a big game so that means Bobo will call a horrific game. Its almost like our offense scores points IN SPITE of Bobo. We’d be better off just letting Murray call the plays from the line of scrimmage. That’s what happens probably half the time anyway.

Auburn 28 Georgia 21

Gordon

November 12th, 2010
6:49 am

Isn’t Auburn the only school UGA doesn’t have a dispute with on the overall series record? That will probably change if Auburn wins and the Newton saga plays out.

Surprised

November 12th, 2010
7:24 am

“Georgia-Auburn preview: Can Dogs tie the series at 53-53-8?”

Nope.

Sopwith Camel

November 12th, 2010
7:26 am

No way Georgia will beat Auburn. It just ain’t in the stars!! There’s a lot of Kool-aid out there being drunk though!!

DannyMc

November 12th, 2010
7:27 am

Shhhh. . . . Dawgs will win.

Steve Spurrier

November 12th, 2010
7:42 am

No way…no how

Dawg_Mike

November 12th, 2010
7:50 am

Dawgs will win because number 2 will be declared ineligible late today and that levels the playing field.
Well, I had to come up with something other than the obvious “put a spy on him”, “run the ball and keep him off the field” etc…..
We might win anyway….but I am not too confident.

Beast from the East

November 12th, 2010
7:57 am

It will be an uphill battle for the Dawgs. You’ll have to win the turnover battle by at least +2 and play solid defense. Auburn will score some points, but the Dawgs are very capable of scoring plenty of points, too.
Best of luck tomorrow, Dawgs!

Candela Ross

November 12th, 2010
8:01 am

War Eagles 45, Cesspool of the South 17.

Feel those hobnail boots grinding into your face? :-)

Since Vince

November 12th, 2010
8:10 am

Sorry , but this season is OVA !

Russ for President

November 12th, 2010
8:25 am

Roughshod? Who have they blown out? Arkansas after mallett went down? Luck to beat kentucky.

DawginLex

November 12th, 2010
8:26 am

I say 28-24 Auburn but we are capable of winning.

Big difference in Auburn 2010 and Auburn 2004-DEFENSE

That 2004 team was capable of making big stops over and over again. The 2010 version, not so often.

Jingle Dingle

November 12th, 2010
8:33 am

There have been 8 ties??? That’s a lot… Needless to say, Auburn would win this one even if Cam were out. It would just be by 20 instead of 50.

John Galt

November 12th, 2010
8:38 am

Dogville has entertained various questions almost every week regarding how good their beloved dogs are. The above question is no different, but lends itself to a resounding yes IF Cam Newton is forced to set out this game by the NCAA. Auburn nor the dogs have dominating defense, unless they are playing lesser/hapless teams. When the dew begins to gather on the plains, then we will see if Dogville is shouting how great their team is or will be slamming the coaching staff, Bobo in paticular.

Fran

November 12th, 2010
8:41 am

Auburn averages 42 points a game and 500 yards on offense. They’re going to score a lot of points, and rush for a lot o yards. I don’t see Georgia keeping up wit them. Cam Newton is the best QB in the history of the SEC. Aaron Murray will get blown offthe field, particularly in the 1st &4th quarters, when it counts the most, Cam will shne then, Murray’s inexperience will eat his lunch again. Figure Auburn 78, Georgia 24.

Gus

November 12th, 2010
8:46 am

Richt wins 90% of the games when his RB goes for 100 yards or RB’s rush for 200 yards or gets 400 yards of offense. If 1 of those 3 happen, 90% chance Richt wins.

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
8:46 am

If Auburn wins, we know in a couple of months it will be removed from all records…

Gus

November 12th, 2010
8:48 am

Ealey & King need to run wild, and Murray needs to throw for 250 yards.

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
8:48 am

For that matter, so will the Alabama win….Heisman trophy….SEC Championship…BCS win….

It will make for great stories down on The Plains 20 years from now….

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
8:51 am

Crap get Bo Jackson and Cadillac to come back and play Saturday….does it really matter who plays at Auburn this week

OkefenokeeDawg

November 12th, 2010
8:52 am

I’ve seen Nick Fairley in two games this season and in both games he recorded sacks and stops behind the line of scrimmage. Every tackle (4 or 5) he made, he lifted the runner/QB off of his feet, threw them to the ground, coming off of his own feet so that his entire weight lands on the player. I can’t believe the refs don’t flag him. One of the commentaters in the ARK game mentioned that his style is illegal – called it “piledriving.”

Hopefully he won’t get his hands on Murray, but if he does, get ready to see Hutson Mason.

DaShon

November 12th, 2010
8:53 am

AJ, Tavarres, Durham, Charles, White, Caleb, Washaun, Murray, Houston, Dent, Commings, Rambo, Boykin, Ogletree, these guys ain’t gonna let Georgia lose this one.

They gonna step up and shock da world.

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
8:55 am

Cecil….”cana brutha geta dolla”

Dogs Smell

November 12th, 2010
8:58 am

Sure Uga can tie the series, if Auburn stays on the bus.

Brent

November 12th, 2010
8:58 am

Justin Houston has been known to slam some QB’s too. When he hits you, you go down. If Ogletree gets a hit on Newton, Newton will remember it. Houston has more sacks than anyone in the country, he’ll dominate this lousy defense and wreak havoc all afternoon. Remeber Houston’s name, he’s gonna give them something to remeber, and he’ll be playing in the NFL real soon asa high 1st ound draft. Dent can hit you and makes a lot of tackles–leads SEC in tackles. Commings and Boykin and Rambo could each get a pick and take it to the house.

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
8:59 am

Love the Yech geeks that get on the UGA Blog to talk about the Dogs…

OkefenokeeDawg

November 12th, 2010
9:00 am

“Cam Newton is the best QB in the history of the SEC”
*************************************
I love it when somebody plays 10 games and some dufus proclaims him/her, “the best in history.” How old are you, 14?

Cam, the most talented? Definitely.

Best? Not even close, yet. How about we see him play a full season. Let’s see him win under the pressure of a BCS or even a SEC Championship before we call him the best.

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
9:01 am

Cam Newton is the highest paid QB in SEC History…

Go Dawgs75

November 12th, 2010
9:02 am

Get real, we are going to lose. I am a UGA fan but seriously some people think we can win this one? Have you guys watched the games. Auburn is going to beat us at every aspect of the game. Here is bobo’s strategy, 1st down, run, second down run, third down throw an interception. He will keep running the ball even if it doesn’t work, and only throw when he has to.

OkefenokeeDawg

November 12th, 2010
9:02 am

Yep, the Techies pull harder for our opponents than they do for their own team. They know more names of UGA players than Tech’s players.

Nesbitt for Heisman . . .

Jeez.

Dogs Smell

November 12th, 2010
9:02 am

DaShon

Shock da world? I dont think anyone outside of Athens would be shocked? Its Georgia ! No one really cares about Ga. They eyes are going to be on Cam. If Gw were 0-8 it might be a shocker but a shocker to the SEC not to anyone else. I am like most people outside of Athens and take great joy in seeing those all bark and little bite lose !

WinderDogg

November 12th, 2010
9:03 am

UGA said Cam was a tight end….Florida said he was a crook…someone ask The Shiz what he was good for and he said…..about $180,000

OkefenokeeDawg

November 12th, 2010
9:14 am

Actually, Dogs Smell, millions of fans outside of Athens care about UGA. That’s why we have the most and largest “Bulldog Clubs” of any other NCAA school, the largest radio network in the country. The Jacksonville Bulldog Club, located some 280 miles from Athens, is the largest, out of state college football club in the USA.

Dawg fans all over the country care, even when we stink, like this year.

Now, why don’t you describe Tech’s fan base for us?