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It’s Georgia Week on The Plains … Beat Them UGaly Dogs!

By on November 13th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 20 Comments »
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Since 1892, the first year college football was played in the deep South, two SEC teams lock up in combat every November. The Auburn Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs have been playing this game for 120 years and are two of the nation’s most storied programs. With an all time record of 54-54-8, their rivalry couldn’t be any closer.

And this is the Week the rivalry is renewed. Yes it’s “Georgia Week” on The Plains. Time for all Auburn people to get their game faces on! Even though the two schools have big in state rivals, there is still nothing like the South’s Oldest Rivalry. This game has always been a war and is noted for one of the hardest hitting battles in the SEC.

With a 120 years of history, usually a fourth of Auburn’s roster made up of players from Georgia, and championship implications often on the line for one or both teams; the game has more often than not been a high-stakes event.

Twenty times SEC and Divisional Championships have come down to which team wins this game. And this year has those same implications. Which ever team wins this one stays in contention for a championship, with the loser being effectively eliminated from the race.

Although Georgia week in Auburn is always special, this year is even more important for the Tigers. With the exception of 2010, Georgia has owned the series the last seven years. That’s why Auburn people (like yours truly) are looking forward to getting the dogs between our own hedges. It’s time for some payback!

That’s especially true since the Dogs laid an embarrassing 38-0 butt whipping on the Tigers last season. But that was then and this is now. This season has truly been a “New Day” for Auburn Football.

The No.7 Tigers have the No.1 rushing offense in the SEC (3rd in the nation). Averaging 38.6 points per game they are second in the league in total offense with 493.3 yards. First in red zone offense, the Tigers score 89.19 percent of the time when they get inside the 20. In addition Tre Mason is a 1,000 yard rusher who leads the conference with 117.7 yards per game average and Nick Marshall ranks fourth in the country among quarterbacks rushing with 734 yards.

There has been a lot made over only15 passes being thrown by the QB’s in the last two games. Yet Marshall has thrown for over 1300 yards and both he and back up Jeremy Johnson have thrown TD’s this year. Wide Receiver Sammie Coates has been the main target, presently ranking second in the SEC with 15.8 yards per catch.

Although the young defense has given up significant yardage between the twenties, the Tiger D is second in the league in the red zone and third in scoring defense (20.1 pts per game). Their 23 sacks is good enough for third place. In addition Robenson Therezie three picks is tied for third place for the most interceptions in the conference.

Even though the Tigers bring an entirely different team to the fight this year it won’t be easy – it never is. Expect this one to be a war. Georgia presents a big challenge for the Tigers. Considered one of the best teams in the nation early on before being hit with a rash of injuries, the Dogs will have several of those guys back; the most important being  6,1- 230 lb. tailback Todd Gurley. Defensive Coordinator, Ellis Johnson said yesterday Gurley, “May be the most physical back in the league.” And of course they have Aaron Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.

Added to the story line this year is the fact that Nick Marshall is a former Bulldog and native Georgian. He’s had a good year too but his accomplishments pale in comparison to Georgia’s Murray. Nevertheless, Marshall may have been even more important to the Tigers. Nick has given Auburn the main ingredients missing from last year’s squad – an effective quarterback who exudes calm leadership in the heat of the battle.

So the stage is set for the 121st meeting of the Deep South’s oldest rivalry. It’s “Georgia Week” on The Plains. The players are ready, the coaches are ready, the fans are ready. There is just one thing left to do … Beat them UGaly Dogs!

War Eagle!

20 Comments

  1. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Well said!
    I would love to see some retribution this weekend. Them dagummed Dawgs are annoying when they think they are superior to you. No reason not to whup ‘em!

    All the reason in the world to stay focused, and locked in on the task of taking Georgia’s dreams and smashing them. Auburn needs to make a run vs. these guys, and take control of this rivalry once again.

    WAR EAGLE!

  2. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Ready to Burn the Bulldawgs!! This is the most excited I’ve been all season…..all the other games were just fun and then we won and won some more and now expectations have changed. I WANT to BEAT these guys….now there is too much to win for but revenge would be oh so sweet. [Sugar Bowl reference ;) ] I am not looking ahead ~ I WANT this game and I WANT it now!! That is all.

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I hate Georgia. I hate how they are disrespecting our team, especially our D…..yes, yes, we have seen a rash of whiffed tackles and Jack Holland keeps winding up on YouTube for his tackling skillz (term used loosely)….yet as ATM stated, our redzone D has been tough.

    On average, the AU D has only allowed 26 points/game in SEC play. That includes the LSU loss and the shoot out with A&M. In 4/5 Georgia wins, they have had to score or have scored 30+ points…..We must be prepared to see Gurley run loose a little bit. Murray will throw a bomb (or five), but I’ll be damned if those Dawgs get the better of our D on Saturday. Additionally, I have faith in our O to get points on the board. These boys are coming home.

    The Auburn faithful will be in the stands, I want to see CBS cameras shake when I watch TV…It needs to be loud! It will not intimidate the Dawgs, but it WILL give our Tigers the confidence they need to take care of this game.

    thUGA will play us tough…but remember this is the SAME team that beat Florida 23-20. How did we handle struggling SEC teams this year? 35-17 and 55-23 on the motherflipping road….

    War Eagle! Beat Those Dawgs!!!!

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Agree again TOTM. This is becoming a disturbing trend. You are going to have to post something that I disagree with soon.
      While all trends point to an AU win, it is still thUGA and they play us tough no matter what year it is. I am extremely nervous about this game and I think we will have to get in the 40 point area to win. We are surely capable of scoring that many and may need ever one of them.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        I think you may be right on that Bill. But I agree the Tigers are capable of putting up 40+.

        And yeah, TotM has had her game face on since the horn blew in Knoxville last Saturday. We need her attitude in Jordan-Hare Saturday.

        • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

          Damn straight…

          I concur, we need big time scores to stay in this game and win. I’m going to be more conservative and say 35+. Assuming our O can adjust to their run defense, the outcome of this game will rest with the D’s ability to limit third down conversions and keep these dawgs out of the end zone.

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good read Tigerman.
    Living in Georgia, I got to say this is one team I want to beat and beat bad! It used to be a fun rivalry. But since the arrival of Richt and his in your face soldja boy, stomp in the endzone thug mentality (as when he sent 2 defenders to purposely hurt Nick Fairley) it hasn’t been the same. The fans over here have changed right along with him too. It makes me sad but it also makes me want to beat these guys in the worst way.

    Yea i got my game face on!
    I don’t just want to win anymore, I want to beat them like we beat the Vols last week. I want to humiliate them, I want them to yelp for the next 12 months like the stinking dogs they are. Yea beat them dogs!

  5. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    All of the Bammer hacks on the radio are clowns, they say AU is one dimensional and will “have to pass”, as if AU can’t, to win the next two games. They’re always praising the Crimson Turds saying things like “Bama won’t need to throw a pass against Notre Dame to win”, so what is domincance for the Updykes is one dimensionality for the Tigers?

    I just hope the Bammer and UGA players think this way too, won’t they be surprised when Davis, Lewis, Coates, and Uzomah light them up, while AU still puts up 300+ on the ground!

    War Eagle! Let’s make the next two weeks the kickoff to the AU era of dominance of the Amen Corner!

  6. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Enough with the impending whuppin’ of UGA predictions! This game scares the Hell out of me. I remember 2006. My brother-in-law (a UGA grad, like most of my wife’s family) was so sure that UGA was going to be destroyed that he gave me his tickets. I skipped the 50th anniversary Southerners’ reunion at Jax State to watch my Tigers bury the Bulldogs. Afterall, Auburn had lost only one game, a 27-10 anomaly to Arkansas, who still had LSU to play. Beat UGA and Bama, and We goin’ to Atlanta, Ya’ll!!! UGA had been blown out by Tennesee, lost to Kentucky and Vanderbilt, barely beat Colorado, Ole Miss, and Miss St. We were gonna cream those puppies!!!

    What happened? 37-17….UGA. It was never really close. They dominated from start to finish. The weather was miserable. I caught a cold. It was the worst gameday experience of my life.

    Don’t get cocky.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Well SMT don’t know who on here has predicted an “impending whuppin.” I sure wasn’t predicting Auburn would beat them bad or even beat them – just that it would please the hell out of me to see it. It’s what I want to happen but I know this is a rivalry game and they are not coming to the plains to roll over. It will be a tough game but I still want to beat them in the worst way. War Eagle and Beat them Dogs!

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Exactly. Additionally, the visiting team historically has the edge in this series. I might stay off the open thread on Saturday, because I don’t want to see the meltdown when Georiga hits their big plays. Because they will hit their big plays. The key will be our Tigers’ ability to overcome those setbacks and have the confidence to stick tho their game plan and just execute.

      I never thought that we would be 9-1. Not this year. A blow out would be cathartic, but in reality, this game is more likely to be close. Which means that we ALL best be wearing our big people’s pants and suck it up and stay loud.

      It’s Georgia week! Let do this!!!

      War Eagle!!

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I could sense that UGA whipping coming on in 2006. We had not done well on offense at all for several games prior. We were all giddy about that Tre Smith touchdown flip with the blocked Florida punt, but after that we doldrumed Tulane 38-13, barely got by a bad Orgeron team in Oxford 23-17, and had trouble scoring against Arkansas State the next week, with only a 13-0 halftime lead. Auburn was kind of limping along. Georgia had gone through some rough patches, losing to both Kentucky and Vandy in the same season, but by Oldest Football Rivalry time, they had found a couple of true freshmen to hang their hat on: Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.

      …..Then it rained, and we had a quarterback with knee and arm problems, and had trouble gripping a wet ball. It was just a bad game. I was SHOCKED the next game when we managed to shut down Bama, 22-15.

  7. spanky says:

    This is the big game of each year for me. I am from Georgia, so all of my friends are bulldog fans (i know, i feel sorry for them too). So this one either hurts real bad or feels so great. I still dilike bama much more than UGA, but I don’t have many bama friends, so I don’t hear about a win/loss as much.

  8. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    I posted about 2006 the other day….but remember 2010 too. Unranked UGA and Redshirt Freshman Aaron Murray had us backpedaling through the entire 1st half, we were down 21-7 in the 1st qtr!! It was punch, counterpunch for the rest of the half until we recovered an onside kick to open the 2nd half and we broke serve. We pulled away in the 4th but that was with CAM!! That was with FAIRLEY!!

    This Georgia team can EASILY beat us if we aren’t 100% focused and on our game. They have beaten a #6 South Carolina, a #6 LSU. They still have LOADS of talent, don’t be fooled by the loss to Vandy. Can we beat them 42-24? Sure, but I don’t think we can expect a special teams implosion like in their other losses.

    This is just as dangerous as the A&M game and we should expect it to go to the wire as well. Don’t get bent out of shape when they run up and down the field on us…its going to happen. We need to play our game and get a few stops and hopefully its enough to win.

  9. sparkey sparkey says:

    Hell, they beat us when we had the same record a few years ago so obviously the same thing will happen again this season. Look, they may or may not beat us but it has nothing to do with Cox and his gigantic number of interceptions. Marshall wouldn’t be left on the field that long if he started throwing to the wrong team that many times. They might beat us, but what happened that long ago has nothing to do with what will happen Saturday.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Nobody is saying that what happened in those games are going to happen Saturday. What we are saying is that we shouldn’t take Georgia lightly, regardless of who they have lost to and who is or is not playing. There seems to be the feeling that we are going to blow through UGA because they aren’t the team they hoped to be in September. I can already hear the wailing when UGA goes up 10 points in the 2nd qtr.
      Aaron Murray is still the most prolific passer in SEC history and UGA still has a massive, if underperforming, amount of talent on defense. This game could be just as tough as anything Bama throws at us.

      • sparkey sparkey says:

        I guess we’ll just have to disagree about the feeling we’re going to blow through Georgia. I see a lot of people who want to see that happen, but most of the people on here are scared because of how much we’ve struggled with them in the past. Georgia does have a very good offense certainly there’s no denying it.

        For me, if we lose, well I never thought we’d be this good anyway. I happen to think we’re going to win in a really hard fought close ball game. I would hope that the past two times we’ve played Georgia would serve our players well enough to remember we must come out on Georgia full speed. They lack depth and they seem to slow a bit towards the end of the game unlike Auburn that seems to keep getting stronger and stronger as the game goes along.

        I don’t see this attitude of us destroying Georgia with ease. What I see, is a whole bunch of people with a seething hatred of Georgia but also a healthy respect for how talented they are and how good they can play when it comes together for them. What is really starting to bother me is how it seems our fans will not sustain a loss well to Georgia.

        We need the atmosphere to be as high for Bama as it is for Georgia. We can’t have a let down from our fans if we lose to Georgia no matter the score and I am starting to sense some people lean that way and it seriously bothers me. I think people should remember that last season we were 3-9 and that being this far into the season with one loss is a whole lot better than anything we saw last season and really the season before that was a rough one all things taken into account as well.

  10. AUwaterboy says:

    Nice write up ATM. I love this game, this rivalry, but it’s time for there to be a change in the win- loss column from the last seven years. I’m tired of losing to the mutts. Auburn needs to get back to being the dominate half of the rivalry. Hope that starts this Saturday. Beat them dogs.

    War Eagle!