Georgia-Auburn game ‘flip side’ of two years ago (with video)

For a reminder of how quickly fortunes can turn in college football, consider what has happened to the Georgia and Auburn programs since they last met at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Entering the Nov. 13, 2010 game, Auburn was 10-0, en route to a 14-0 season and the national championship. Georgia was 5-5, headed toward a 6-7 finish that left coach Mark Richt on the hot seat.

Dogs one win away from SEC East title

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray says Auburn will be "playing to ruin our season." (AJC photo/Brant Sanderlin)

Flash-forward to Saturday night, when the teams will meet again at Auburn.

The Tigers will show up with a 2-7 (0-6 SEC) record that has coach Gene Chizik’s job in jeopardy, while the Bulldogs will bring an 8-1 (6-1 SEC) record and dreams of reaching the national title game.

“Two years ago, Auburn didn’t lose a single game, and now they’ve only won two. It shows you that college football is crazy,” said Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, who quickly added: “And also they had a guy named Cam Newton (in 2010).”

The Tigers will have a guy named Jonathan Wallace at quarterback Saturday. He’s a freshman, Auburn’s third starting quarterback of the season.

If Georgia wins the game, the Bulldogs will clinch the SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship game, just as Auburn clinched the SEC West with a 49-31 win over Georgia in 2010.

“We’ve been on the flip side of this,” Chizik said this week.

This time, the Tigers can only play the role of spoiler. An upset would keep rival Georgia out of the league title game.

“They’re going to come out pumped,” UGA quarterback Aaron Murray said. “They’re playing for their respect. They’re playing to ruin our season.”

After Newton’s single spectacular season as Auburn’s quarterback, the Tigers slipped to 8-5 (4-4 SEC) last season, including a 45-7 loss to Georgia in Sanford Stadium. This season, the Tigers have beaten only Louisiana-Monroe (in overtime) and New Mexico State — a far cry from the 2010 season in which they beat everybody.

A mind-boggling reversal? Not really, Richt contends.

“I think the big thing is just our league itself,” said Richt, a 12-year veteran of the SEC. “There is truly a very, very fine line between winning and losing. … Sometimes you get a break here or there and grab momentum, and it serves you well for the rest of the year. And sometimes you don’t ever find it.

“Even the year we went 6-7, how much different of a team did we have than some of the teams that might have gone 10-2? Probably not a whole lot different. (It was a case of) not making a play here, or making a bad decision there as a coach, or the other team just making a play that day.

“It’s not really all that mind-boggling to me because it’s just really a tough league.”

While Auburn has gone 10-12 since its 14-0 season, Georgia has gone 18-5 since its 6-7 season. And since losing its first two games last season, the Bulldogs have gone 18-3, including 18-1 in regular-season games.

“I think it shows we’ve worked our tails off, really,” Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King said. “Everybody is on board and is passionate about what we’re doing here. The tide has truly changed.”

“It is kind of a roller coaster; sometimes you do go up and down,” Richt said. “You just don’t know how close you might be to having a really good football team if you’re just patient for one more year. I think a lot of teams go backwards because they make changes when maybe they are on the verge of something good happening. … I would imagine it’s hard to figure out as a decision maker if a team is close or not.”

Auburn, which ranks last in the SEC in rushing defense and has intercepted only one pass this season, has stayed close in many of its games, at least for a while.

The Tigers led Clemson 19-16 in the fourth quarter of their season opener at the Georgia Dome, but lost 26-19. They were within three points of Arkansas and four points of Ole Miss entering the fourth quarter, but lost by 17 and 21. They lost by two points to LSU and by four to Vanderbilt.

But then there was a 63-21 loss to Texas A&M in which Auburn trailed 42-7 at halftime and allowed 671 yards.

Chizik was asked recently if he could have imagined a season like this just two years after lifting the national-championship trophy.

“I don’t think you ever imagine that,” he said. “What you have to understand in the coaching world is that you can have a season like we had two years ago, and then you can have seasons that aren’t anywhere near that as well. The main thing is, when you hit some of the valleys you’re going to hit, (to) maintain steadfast in what you’re trying to accomplish and working every day in a direction to improve.”

– Tim Tucker

(Chip Towers contributed to this article.)

90 comments Add your comment

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 8th, 2012
6:29 pm


November 8th, 2012
6:31 pm

Hmmmmmm? Its looks like auburn was in alot of games till the 4th qurter. Dawgs better be ready.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 8th, 2012
6:34 pm

Dawgs had better be ready, Auburn would love to play the spoiler in this game.


November 8th, 2012
6:51 pm

go dawgs! beat the turkey buzzards

Jax Dawg

November 8th, 2012
7:05 pm

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Jacksonville Dawg

November 8th, 2012
7:09 pm

I do recall a meeting not to long ago where the Dawgs played spoilers to the Tigers….The Tigers were ranked #5 in the land, the Dawgs unranked and trying to find their way with a young QB. The difference in that game was a little guy named Tre Battle and he had 3 picks and we upset those Tigers 37-15 I believe. I bet Richt has spoken many times this week about that game. Auburn will be ready and this one is going to be closer than the experts think. Either way Go Dawgs!!

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joe jenkins

November 8th, 2012
7:23 pm

I hope we make willie martinez pay for that poor play call he made against aub in 05…….in that last minute loss…when we had them dead in the water on 4th and 15……I hope mark beard has the game of his life…..we don’t need murray to get sacked 5 times again

Class of '98

November 8th, 2012
7:54 pm

I still want more payback for Fairley’s cheap shot on Murray. GO DAWGS

Coach Mike Price

November 8th, 2012
8:11 pm

Coach Gene Cheesedip just needs $250,000 and he can deliver a championship


November 8th, 2012
8:56 pm

I guess the scam newton money ran out? As scams diddly said its not enough.


November 8th, 2012
9:45 pm

I agree with Class of ‘98. I hope the players see a compilation of the dirty plays and blatant cheap shots on Murray. The scumbag coach that was in charge of those thugs is still there so we need to set a very early tone that we aren’t going to put up with that crap this year.


November 8th, 2012
10:10 pm

The crap that went on two years ago in Auburn has revealed karma. Really, $hitzik jumping up and down on the sidelines encouraging crap?! Enjoy coaching somewhere else. Glad we have Richt compared to this DB!!

Mountain Dawg

November 8th, 2012
10:20 pm

Not to mention the “Between The Hoses” game.

Elmo C. Grogan

November 8th, 2012
10:24 pm

OK, I’d guess the average age of the posters so far is, what, 19? I can’t be far off. I’m 60; I’ve been doing this for a long, long time. We will hav up years, we will suck others. Just play the game, win it, drive home safely. My Auburn wife would agree.


November 8th, 2012
10:29 pm

What do you call a coach that makes a complete and total mess of a college football program?

A Chizaster.


November 8th, 2012
10:45 pm

not all that funny…


November 9th, 2012
2:08 am

Hope we don’t stumble this weekend. On the other hand, I hope ND, KSU, and Oregon all lose…ND twice this weekend if possible just for being overrated

The Crap from 2010

November 9th, 2012
4:11 am

Maybe you should have watched the game Big Dawg. UGA took a cheap shot at Kodi Burns on the second play of the game. Thats what started the whole thing. We just finished it. WDE


November 9th, 2012
4:21 am

UGA and AU both have a ton of class and respect for the game. Just reading the UGA posts reaffirms my faith in that statement. The South’s Oldest Rivalry only gets better with time!


November 9th, 2012
4:25 am

Let the Nick Fairley crap go guys. Buck B. was the first to call it like it was when he noted that if Fairley had been wearing Red and Black, he would have been celebrated for the very thing ya’ll want to ridicule him for. I know he hit really hard, but really, he took one real cheap shot at Murray and Auburn was penalized. In fact, that penalty gave you a new set of downs and atleast some hope, no matter how short lived that hope turned out to be.

havey updyke

November 9th, 2012
5:26 am

I didn’t just kill the trees, I killed their spirit!



November 9th, 2012
5:32 am

@auburnga you can keep Fairley, Scam Newton, Chizik, & the dirty recruiter that is Trooper Taylor. As a proud UGA alum the only one I have ever respected from “all-burn” is Vince Dooley. Enjoy the beat down Saturday night, when Uga takes a bite of your little war eagle!

Upset Weekend for Da Dawgs

November 9th, 2012
6:02 am

The stars are aligned up for Auburn this weekend. Auburn holds the title for breaking up most championship Cinderella runs in the SEC and this weekend I believe they’ll add Georgia to that list. Georgia’s hot and cold and when it comes to playing on the other teams turf they’re almost ice water. Don’t look for the Dawgs to be very sharp this week and they’ll be many turnovers. If they do win it’ll be ugly as it was with Florida.

Destin Dawg

November 9th, 2012
6:14 am

My Alabama friend says, When Chizik says ” play Physical that means play dirty ” he encourages Late hit Fairley to hurt the QB… cheap shot to roll over on a player when getting up or tackleing into the ground… Pay Back time has come… Go dawgs !!!


November 9th, 2012
6:49 am

Fairly is a dirty player…just like the Au program.


November 9th, 2012
7:15 am

Auburn needs to go buy another quarterback like they did for Cam Newton.


November 9th, 2012
7:24 am

Auburn is starting a 3rd string Freshman QB who wasn’t even on the depth chart at the beginning of the season. Time for him to meet JJ.

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November 9th, 2012
7:36 am

Just take care of bidness Dawgs!!


November 9th, 2012
7:52 am

Upset Weekend for Da Dawgs

November 9th, 2012
6:02 am

Just curious as to what you are basing your prediction on? You appear to be way off in relationship, to what the pundits think, and even the odds makers in Vegas. Sounds a little like you are hoping for a fantasy to happen, rather than facing the cold hard facts.

Richard Tartis

November 9th, 2012
7:55 am

CMR’s quote “You just don’t know how close you might be to having a really good football team if you’re just patient for one more year.” is code for I hope Auburn never gets rid of Chizik.

Tomás Broun

November 9th, 2012
8:02 am

Tigers 23, Dwags 20

Buh bye to the dwags, and good riddance.


November 9th, 2012
8:10 am

It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that UGA head football coach Mark Richt has brought shame on the state of Georgia and made an embarrassing laughingstock of the state’s largest university. Even the most avid UGA fans understand this even when they won’t acknowledge it, bless their hearts. :-)

The most embarrassing thing is the win-at-any-price mentality of Richt, which has effectively made UGA a football factory, with cheating, recruiting of low-intelligence dummies who barely graduated from high school, and tolerating immoral and unethical activities by both players and coaches. Even with all this, he still can’t win.

Richt is a product of the lawless environments of the University of Miami and Florida State University, where he learned well how to conduct himself in the most tawdry way, while pretending to the world to be a saint. Make no mistake – Richt is in coaching purely for the millions of dollars that have been wasted on him, and the millions more he will add until someone in Athens has the integrity and intestinal fortitude to run him out of town.

A truly shameful situation, especially since all Georgians, including UGA alumni and fans, have to live under this shadow of infamy.


November 9th, 2012
8:11 am

Tomás Broun

November 9th, 2012
8:02 am
Middle school or still in elementary school? Such childish comments make one wonder.


November 9th, 2012
8:14 am

If Dawgs start off hot they will put over 50 points on the scoreboard. If not they will win a close game only scoring in the 20’s. I know it’s wrong and bad mojo, but I just don’t see UGA looking past this one. It could get ugly by half time. But what do I know.


November 9th, 2012
8:19 am

Clarrissa??? Dear??? You must have had a bad night and a bad hangover this morning. Take an Advil or 2 and go back to bed.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 9th, 2012
8:28 am

Clarrissa is what we call a rotten banana. And Tomás Broun is what we call a run of the mill moron.


November 9th, 2012
8:28 am

Clarissa, you must be smoking some of that just legalized weed. Which reminds me…. Obama can kiss my real American arse.


November 9th, 2012
8:29 am

Caleb King no longer eligible for enshrinement in the GAC HOF.

One fine dog.

King, Ealey, Isaiah, The Anointed One II……….looks like a trend to me.

Granthams The Man!

November 9th, 2012
8:37 am

Clarissa, Change the name of the Coach to Gene Chizik, Change the name of the University to Auburn, and you would have a good post.

Georgia’s going to Gorilla Stomp the Tigers, on their way to a SEC Championship. Go Dawgs!!!

Mike Franklin

November 9th, 2012
8:40 am

There are, undoubtedly, a lot of Richt haters out there. Some may still be ticked over the firing of Jim Donnan way back when. But most are fans of other teams… perhaps rivals, that would love create turmoil in the Bulldog nation.

Note: It is that last group that poster Clarissa likely belongs. Not exactly a troll… more like a bumbling saboteur, lol.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 9th, 2012
8:43 am

“Georgia’s going to Gorilla Stomp the Tigers, on their way to a SEC Championship. Go Dawgs!!!”



November 9th, 2012
8:44 am

Hey, this is nothing but a win-win situation for coach Marky Mark and his funky bunch.

Win, and they get to take the back door into the SEC Championship Game again where they can get absolutely humiliated by the SEC West Champion again.

Lose, and they can spend the next 365 days crying that Auburn cheated, the refs cheated, the SEC was against them, Murray’s panties were in a wad, blah, blah, blah…

What’s not to love about this?


November 9th, 2012
8:50 am

Damn, a doofus fan of a dirty program making jokes (?) about players long kicked off the UGA campus.

That’s the difference – we get rid of ours, y’all lie to the NCAA to keep yours playing.

Enjoy the bowl season, cheater . . .


November 9th, 2012
8:52 am

As an Auburn fan I would love to spoil the Dawgs season,but it is not going to happen. Even if Georgia comes in overconfident it will not matter. I look for very little life from a team that just wants to get this season over. Even Chizik knows it is over,for him and team. He made a comment”We will never be together after these next 3 games”.(in my words). I look for another blowout from a very good team. Still War Eagle Forever! and to you Dawg fans….GO DAWGS. See you Saturday night!


November 9th, 2012
8:54 am

Nothing back door about it, Resident. Dawgs did (will do) what had to be done. SC and Fla simply did not. Now go slide back into your hole of jealousy.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 9th, 2012
9:01 am

Does anybody know if Georgia Tech still has a football team?


November 9th, 2012
9:11 am

I hate it for you guys this year. I hate to see any SEC team fall like you guys have. There are so many ties between UGA and Auburn. It is really no fun kicking a team when it is this far down. The Dawgs should win this game by 3 or 4 touchdowns but the game still has to be played on the field. Strange things happen in this rivalry.
Go Dawgs!


November 9th, 2012
9:12 am

Forget about Fairley. The pros will take care of his sorry ass.