It’s a rivalry game. It’s a game that could end up having SEC Championship implications. It’s a game between two teams heading in opposite directions. It’s a game between a coach who was on the hot seat to start the year against a coach whose seat is going to be hot next year. It’s the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. It’s Auburn vs. Georgia.
As mentioned above, Gus Malzahn’s seat was incredibly not just to start the season but a few weeks into the season as well. A closer than expected loss against a very good Clemson team to start the season gave some hope but a 13 point loss to Texas A&M threatened to derail the season. But that all changed with a last second win against LSU and the Tigers (that would be the Auburn Tigers) haven’t looked back since. They’ve won six in a row and were most impressive in a completely dominant win against Arkansas. Most importantly they control their own destiny in the SEC West. Should they win out, they’ll go to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Obviously there is still the small matter of the Iron Bowl to navigate but if Auburn keeps playing as well as they have been, there’s no reason to think they can’t beat the Tide. The quarterback situation seems to be resolved and Kamryn Pettway has been a monster in the ground game. The Gus Bus is back rolling again.
On the flip side, Georgia is having a nightmare season. They started the season 3-0 (a good win over a good North Carolina team and close wins against FCS Nicholls State and a terrible Missouri team) and it’s been all downhill from there. They got annihilated by a terrible Ole Miss team, lost a heartbreaker to a mediocre Tennessee team, lost to Vanderbilt and lost an ugly game to Florida in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. They did bounce back last week with a last second win over Kentucky but many Georgia fans are wondering if getting rid of Mark Richt and replacing him with Kirby Smart was a smart decision. It’s safe to say that Kirby Smart’s honeymoon with his alma mater is over.
- Auburn has not beaten Georgia in Athens since 2005.
- These two teams first played each other in February of 1892.
- Former Auburn head coach Pat Dye was a three year letterman at Georgia.
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
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Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, AL
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