Gamecocks will be yelling ‘War Eagle’ during Georgia game

ATHENS – Georgia could be hoisting the SEC Eastern Division trophy by the end of Saturday’s game against Auburn on Saturday – or not.

There are three SEC East scenarios that could play out depending on Saturday’s outcomes:

  • If the Bulldogs (5-2, 5-1 SEC) win Saturday at Sanford Stadium and South Carolina (7-2, 5-2) loses at home to Florida, Georgia will have punched its ticket for its fourth trip to the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship Game and first since 2005.
  • Conversely, if the Gamecocks win and Georgia loses to the Tigers, South Carolina wins the East.
  • If the Gamecocks and Georgia both win, the Bulldogs would have to defeat Kentucky (4-5, 1-4) in Athens the following week to clinch the East. A loss to the Wildcats would give the title to South Carolina.

The good news is the Bulldog Nation should know what’s at stake by Saturday’s kickoff (3:30 p.m., CBS). South Carolina-Florida kicks off at noon.

So, like there were a lot of Bulldogs calling the Hogs this past Saturday night, there will be a lot of Gamecocks yelling “War Eagle” should South Carolina beat the Gators.

“If they can win seven SEC games in a row, we’ll congratulate them and go from there,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told reporters in Columbia on Monday. “The only thing we need to think about is Florida.”

Georgia could lose to Auburn on Saturday and still get to the championship game if South Carolina loses and the Bulldogs beat Kentucky on Nov. 19. But if Georgia lost to Kentucky in that scenario, the Gamecocks would win the East based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

All those scenarios aside, Georgia knows full well that it can afford to concentrate on nothing but Auburn this week. The defending national champion Tigers (6-3, 4-2) have struggled somewhat during this rebuilding season. But they’ve already done something the Bulldogs couldn’t do — they beat South Carolina 16-13 Oct. 1 in Columbia. And traditionally Auburn has always played well in Sanford Stadium, where they are 17-10 all-time.

Meanwhile, the heat seems to have been turned up on this rivalry after last season’s game. In the Tigers’ 49-31 win in Auburn last year, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was hit late on more than one occasion by Auburn’s All-America  noseguard Nick Fairley and the Bulldogs’ offensive linemen retaliated late in the contest. Eventually two Auburn players were flagged for throwing punches and had to sit out the next week’s game against Alabama as a result.

Georgia center Ben Jones, who was in the middle of all that chaos, was asked if he thought those emotions might spill over into this year’s game.

“He’s not there anymore,” Jones said of Fairley, “so it’s a new year and a new start. We’re just focusing on protecting Murray and him not getting hit at all. No matter who’s there, we’re going to try to protect him.”

But the Bulldogs don’t need last year’s antics as motivation. Almost any SEC championship they have ever won has always come down to beating Auburn in November and Georgia is acutely aware of that.

“It’s one of the biggest rivalries in the game, Georgia-Auburn is. It’s huge,” junior wide receiver Tavarres King said. “It’s a game that’s always extremely high energy. We’re going to work our butts off this week to get things taken care of and so we can continue to control our destiny.”

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “With the wins that we’ve had and knowing what’s at stake and knowing we’re finally in a position to control it, I think the guys are feeling pretty good about it.”

– Chip Towers

313 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

November 8th, 2011
9:41 am

Should be an interesting Saturday afternoon.

DavidPandGA

November 8th, 2011
9:41 am

I feel like if AM and the georiga offense comes out on all cylinders on offense, our defense will respond as well. Dawgs 27, Auburn 17

Go Dawgs

November 8th, 2011
9:42 am

Cochran for Hesman

ATLnative

November 8th, 2011
9:43 am

MDAWG24

November 8th, 2011
9:45 am

Looking forward to Saturday!

David

November 8th, 2011
9:46 am

Focus. Focus.
Win

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:46 am

Game will be over by Halftime, Gents! Honey, Do we have enough Makers????

DawginLex

November 8th, 2011
9:48 am

Bob

you got me wanting to go to DeSha’s!!!!!!!!

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:49 am

Also, will be interesting to see how Malcome Mitchell practices this week.. that is like getting “Julio Jones” back was for the ‘Coons”…..

Concrete Pete

November 8th, 2011
9:49 am

Boy, South Carolina must have some TREMENDOUS doctors! Shaw suffers a concussion Saturday night and is symptom free Monday. Wonder how quickly he would have healed if Garcia was on the squad still? Stay classy Spurrier! Kids first! JUST WIN BABY!

Spanky

November 8th, 2011
9:49 am

We need to take care of bidness, so we won’t hafta talk about “if’s and buts”. To my understanding, aside from Ironman Samuels, we are getting everyone back from suspension and injury! If that’s the case, we need to hit the gas and not let up!! Go Dawgs!!

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:49 am

DawginLex… you coming to the Ky game??? How would you trek there, my friend???

Parkland Dawg

November 8th, 2011
9:50 am

I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but, Go Gators!

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:50 am

DawginLex… they have the Sweet Cornbread recipe on their site…. Gonna have to try it this weekend…

bigdawg

November 8th, 2011
9:50 am

What’s a Hesman?

DawginLex

November 8th, 2011
9:51 am

If we beat auburn, I’m there. I’m actually traveling on business that week to Florida and land in Atlanta on Friday morning. Thinking about not doing the next leg and just driving on over to Athens.

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:52 am

Shaw can’t throw a pass “thru a carwash with out it getting hung up”. What a lousy arm…. I think the Gators beat them, don’t you guys??? It won’t matter….

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:53 am

Ky game will be like one big Party. You have to go.. with Sugar falling from the sky, my friend…..

True Dawg Fan

November 8th, 2011
9:54 am

Too bad its not a night game. Sanford would be so loud that you couldnt hear anyone next to you!

True Dawg Fan

November 8th, 2011
9:55 am

Florida beats SC, We beat Aurburn and head to Atlanta for SEC Championship Game!

Palm City Dawg

November 8th, 2011
9:55 am

Those wheel routes by New Mexico State to wide open receivers remind me of last year’s Arkansas game, but I still believe the JUNKYARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

duronimo

November 8th, 2011
9:56 am

I’ve been critical of Bobo in the past. However, despite winning some of these games by a more narrow margin than the overall stats suggests, I think the play calling has been good and should have resulted in a more points. He has been exploiting the other team’s defenses down field. Receivers have been running free for potential scores only to be missed by an errant Murray pass. Against NMS, Murray showed improvement and the fans could see the potential of our offense. That will have to continue to win the Auburn game.

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
9:57 am

I wanted a night game also, True Dawg.. but my thinking is the clock change will confuse the Tiggers and they won’t have their clocks set right and won’t show up till halftime! They gotta be all screwed up being on Central Time

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:00 am

If we have Mitchell back, How will they stop us??? We aren’t giving up Pts like we did against SC earlier and Special Teams has been worked on… Now, I just have to figure out how to get more Makers into the game as I have some Bubba’s around me that are counting on me…..

Dawgfan2012

November 8th, 2011
10:02 am

It’s birthday today and all I want for my birthday is the DAWGS to win the EAST……..That would make this the best 21st birthday ever!!!!!!!

SCDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:02 am

As much as I absolutely hate to say this…GO GATORS!!!!! Damn, that actually hurt to type those words without “to hell” in the middle. I think if our offense/running backs show up, the line blocks, and our defense continues to dominate, there will be a serious party afterwards. And another SC loss would just be icing on the cake.
GO DAWGS…GATA!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:04 am

Run Harton… he reminds me of Jeff Demps… Crowell runs for the sideline… cut toward the endzone… thats where the points are… this is a nonsmoking bus !!

BobDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:05 am

Hope the “Hedges” are back in shape for action… there are going to be more Dawgs catching TD passes and jumping over marimba’s this weekend!!!!

Gotta go make some money… Talk at cha later, gents….

Thank God for Reggie Ball

November 8th, 2011
10:05 am

Auburn, much like UF is scary with their explosivness with Dyer and McCalebb but I expect the Dawgs’ defense will bottle it up. What I worry about is giving up big plays in the kicking game. Moving the ball on Auburn’s defense will be more difficult than it has been since maybe SC. I think enough plays by Murray in the passing game will get it done.

UGA-28
Auburn-17

Destin Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:08 am

Spurrier is 66 years old… can’t get it done this year… he’s got new golf clubs… does not need the $$$$$… retirement after this season ?? and with Muschamp at Fla… Dawgs rule the SEC. east next few years…..

Fidlin1

November 8th, 2011
10:10 am

And I’ll be yelling for the Gators! Sim ‘em Gators beat the Evil Genious! Go Dawgs beat Auburn!

Uncomplicated

November 8th, 2011
10:11 am

Too bad Auburn doesn’t have NMSU’s players. We looked really good against those guys.

Old Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:12 am

its going to be a tough game… Dawgs win 24 to 20… but I’ll take Auburn and 12 points… thats too many

Todd Grantham

November 8th, 2011
10:13 am

GET THAT STADIUM LOUD ON SATURDAY AND I’M GONNA BRING THE HEAT TO MOSELY’S BACKSIDE. AND BRING ON THAT TROOPER GUY. I’LL CHOKE HIM OUT!!

McDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:16 am

just win baby

Supes

November 8th, 2011
10:16 am

I know many fear Auburn’s running game…but I think we’ll be able to shut that down and force their freshman QB to sustain long play drives without giving up long completions. So far our Defense has shown more than capable of shutting down the run.

Destin Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:19 am

Auburn had last week off…. Malzahn wil have some trickeration plays… wheel routes… reverses.. fake kicks…. but Grantham will have the Junkyard Dawgs ready….. Focus..

zzggyy

November 8th, 2011
10:20 am

What happens in the west if Arkansas beats LSU?

TampaDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:20 am

There is enough to fear here with our special teams and their run game. That being said, Auburn couldn’t stop my high school team’s offense .. Dyer gets his 100 but only hits the end zone once and McCalebb doesn’t even sniff it. He will get his yards too, they are that good in the run game.

I think UGA gets 200 on the ground and 250 more in the air. UGA wins 31-17.

Chip Towers

November 8th, 2011
10:20 am

Central to South Carolina’s cause is the health of quarterback Connor Shaw. The Gainesville, Ga., resident was knocked cold at the end of the Arkansas game and was left with a concussion. He’s not practicing the first two days this week and will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Nowadays availability after concussions is usually based on medical tests performed by doctors. So it’s usually pretty cut and dry.

DIT

November 8th, 2011
10:23 am

And I’ll be doing the Gator Chomp……… Man, did I just say that?

soga-gator

November 8th, 2011
10:25 am

This is sick – UGA fans saying go gators…I think we lay an egg just to spite you…

DIT

November 8th, 2011
10:25 am

If our defense can come out like gangbusters and commit a turnover or two, just make them do a couple 3 and outs it will be huge. Auburn will have high adrenaline in the 1st quarter and the only way to burst their bubble is to smash it.
Still, I think it’s going to be a very close game.

DIT

November 8th, 2011
10:26 am

@soga-gator

I agree, I just about threw up after I read my post.

Nooga Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:30 am

Auburn game will be a close one but I think Dawgs hunker down and get the job done.
I cannot pull for the Gators, well maybe just a little this time. GO DAWGS GATA !!

DrDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:31 am

It is incredibly difficult to pull for Florida. But you gotta do what you gotta do. At least a Florida win is over the Evil One.

RnB

November 8th, 2011
10:32 am

No chance, Dawgs are winning the SEC this year.

DrDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:32 am

So Florida loses to UGA and then sends UGA to Atlanta by beating their former Evil Genius.
Feels kind of good, doesn’t it?

DAWG08

November 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Sure wish Bobo would go back and watch his play calling back in 2007 after he had just taken over the play calling. There could be a lot of points scored by the Dawgs if he would look back at what he was doing then. Not near as much UP THE MIDDLE then. Knowshon lined up 9 yds behind the line of scrimmage so when he got the hand off or pitch he had room to find a hole. Crowell may not be a Knowshon but he is that kind of back.

Delusional Dawg

November 8th, 2011
10:34 am

No problem. Everybody knows our defense is better than LSU’s. The past 7 games prove it!

GA 65 – AU 3