It’s Georgia Week in Auburn!

By Posted on: November 7th, 2012 in Football 17 Comments »
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Its time for all loyal Auburn fans to put their game faces on. The South’s Oldest Rivalry, will be renewed this Saturday on The Plains when the Auburn Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

The last time Georgia visited Jordan-Hare, Auburn was undefeated and appeared to be headed to the SEC Championship game. Mark Richt was on the hot seat, the Dawgs were on a five game losing streak, and were headed toward a losing season.

Oh what a difference two years can make, as the two old foes have reversed roles for their 116th meeting. Auburn is experiencing their worst season in years while Georgia is looking for a win to propel them into the SEC Championship game.

However, nothing is a gimee in this game. While the series has a history of a championship being on the line for at least one of the participants, it also has a history of  the underdog scoring upsets.

Take for example the 1999 contest when the underdog Auburn Tigers came into the game having lost five of their previous six games, yet led 31-0 at halftime and went on to take a 38-21 victory.

Then there was the 100th meeting of the two foes in 1996. The two played in the first Southeastern Conference football game to go into overtime. A 5-6 Georgia team was down 28-7 at halftime, but came back to tie it up at 28-28 and then went on to win 56-49 in four overtimes.

Of course it seems like it will be an impossible task for this lowly Auburn Team to upset the number five Bulldogs. The Dawgs are riding high and only need to beat Auburn to win the SEC East Division Title.

Mean while the Tigers are living in the lowest ebb they have been through in more than 50 years. So can they pull off the upset?  Sure they can.

Admittedly a victory may be improbable but its not impossible. After all this team battled Clemson and LSU down to the wire. I submit the Tigers have a lot to play for as well. No one wants to lose a game but when its a close rival, the desire to fight is even greater.

For most Auburn fans, nothing beats a victory over the Crimson Tide. But as I wrote in this space last November, the Auburn– Georgia game is the most important game of the year for me. Ever since my first game when I was nine years old, Auburn – Georgia has been the most important game on the schedule.

I had rather beat Georgia than Alabama. I appreciate the Iron Bowl Rivalry but I also appreciate the 120 year rivalry with our border cousins. And I have always respected Georgia for being the first SEC school to go home and home with Auburn. However, even though I respect them … I sure want to beat them Saturday.

If  the Tigers can keep the mistakes to a minimum and connect on a few passes, I think Auburn has a chance to pull off the upset. Anyway, that’s the way I’m looking at it. I’ve got my game face on. How about you Tiger fan? If you haven’t yet, its time to, because …

Its Georgia week in Auburn!

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  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Nostalgia is always great to rally behind. But I think it is important to keep this real. AU is not expected to compete in this campaign. From what I have seen, I don’t think there is a hope in heck to even make this game close. But speculation is just that… the game must be decided on the field.

    If the AU team that showed up for MSU, ARK, OLE MISS, VANDY, or even Texas A&M dresses out, this team will lost by 30 points or more.

    If the team that showed up for the LSU game somehow finds its way to Jordan Hare – then the game might be closer than it should be.

    We will know in the first five minutes of the 1st QTR.

    This game is normally special to me because AU is in a position to compete for the championship. That of course is anything but truth this year. AU is in the cellar. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I hope this series never loses its significance. But as we fall further and further behind… I am afraid it will.

    I will not be at the game and I suspect that Jordan Hare will be far from being full.

    Good luck to those that go.

    WDE

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      I’ll add that if the Auburn team can actually sustain the momentum they started in the second half against NMS, and Wallace can start out with a couple of completions, then anything is possible.

      Also, the play calling must be top notch. Something we haven’t seen thus far this season.

      War Eagle, beat them ‘Dawgs!

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    “However, nothing is a gimee in this game. While the series has a history of a championship being on the line for at least one of the participants, it also has a history of the underdog scoring upsets.”

    I certainly appreciate your optimism and enthusiasm but two of our next three games are gimmees and the third is in doubt. The only upside to this is that only three games remain until maybe, possibly, hopefully we could see some sort of positive action regarding our train wreck of an athletic department.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Perhaps not as much as beating Bama, but I do like beating those Dawgs! We owe them!

  4. LSU Jonno says:

    Good luck vs UGA!

    The wife and I will be in our hospital room fighting over the laptop to watch both the Auburn game and the LSU game with the newest member of the Auburn/LSU family.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Congrats to you guys!! Parenthood is the MOST awesome adventure…at least for the ToTM fam. I wish the same to you guys!!

    • Jumpn Jack Flash says:

      Congrats Jonno and good luck!

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Congratulations Jonathan!

      Proud for you both. God bless the little Tiger. You guys can nickname the child Tiger and it will befit both Mom & Dad’s loyalties.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Congratulations Jonno nothing is sweeter than holding your own child for the first time. It’s worth every sleepless night you’re about to endure.

    • LSU Jonno says:

      Thanks guys!

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    ATM-I appreciate your enthusiasm, I really do.

    Maybe it’s the lack of sleep that comes with a newborn and a full time job, maybe its the level of suck that our Tigers seem to be sinking into, maybe it’s the combo…but this is the first Auburn/Georgia week EVER that I don’t feel excited right down to my toes. I’ll watch and cheer, but it’s different this year….gotta be honest about that.

    War Eagle! It is delicious to beat the Dawgs….Richt always finds one game that he should win, but doesn’t….let this be that game!

  6. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I’m sorry but there is just no way Auburn beats Georgia. I really hope I’m wrong. But anyway, like TotM I appreciate your optimism.

  7. mikeautiger says:

    GA – Auburn Game. I remember 1981 Pat Dye’s 1st year. Auburn had a young and untalented team. Bit it was a day when the team grew up and the game came down to the final playing Auburn almost won against a great GA team. It was a day the fans recognized the turn around and the first time I remember the fans saying “it’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger.”

    I hope Saturday can be a day where our youngsters can grew up and we can play a game worthy of the respect to say “It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger.” I’ll be there cheering for our boys, staying to the end as usual. Go Tigers.

    War Eagle!

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      That was my freshman year. Those were good times on the Plains. We are not presently saddled with problems Coach Dye inherited. The beginning of that era is a prime example of what a stron head coach and coaching staff can do.

  8. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    As I’ve said before:

    “The game doesn’t always go to the stronger or faster man,
    but sooner or later, the man who wins, is the one who thinks he can.” Author unknown

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT GEORGIA !!!