The most overrated factor of this week’s game…

is this.

Richt on former assistant Rodney Garner, who’s now at Auburn: “He certainly knows defensively what we do and how we call things.”

It’s Georgia’s tenth game of the season.  Malzahn’s coached against Grantham twice already in his career.  If he needs Garner to tell him what Georgia does defensively at this point, Auburn’s in more trouble than I thought.

I take all that back if it turns out that Rodney knows how Grantham gives away a blitz call by the way he stands behind that towel.  (I keed, I keed.)


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60 responses to “The most overrated factor of this week’s game…

  1. TennesseeDawg

    What about all those Georgia D-lineman that were in Garner’s doghouse wanting to prove something against Auburn?

  2. Bad

    Everybody knows how we call things. Source: relative on another SEC coaching staff.

  3. AlphaDawg

    The biggest question is whether or not Rodney will be on the sideline waving a towel over his head celebrating all the late hits his linemen commit.

  4. sniffer

    I think Richt is too stubborn to change anything, so, yeah, they’ll pick Garner’s brain.

  5. AusDawg85

    I don’t think we can blame Garner for pointing out “…what Georgia does defensively…” Running around disorganized pre-snap, safeties getting beat deep, ILB’s getting isolated on slot receivers, and general cluelessness on covering crossing routes (have we ever dropped a DE into coverage?) are not exactly state secrets.

  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    You know all this stuff about coaches changing jobs…taking the mystic goodies with them…hell folks, everybody knows what everybody does…Will Muschamp probably knows about Georgia’s defense as Garner does.

    What they don’t know is when you are going to do what. They get tendencies yes, but you know that too, so change up a little here and there … tendencies go out the window.

    But individually…are there players and coaches as individuals who like to kick their old buddies butt? bet, but I doubt there is much real animus involved….these guys compete…that’s what they do.

    My suspicion is that Rodney Garner’s main concern is winning the game, and you know what? I bet if one of his “doghouse” kids has a great game, Rodney will pat him on the butt for it.

  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    One of the things that makes this series so furious but without real hate is the in breeding among the coaching staffs and players. Auburn has tons of kids who came from Georgia, Georgia has many coaching ties to Auburn in its history, beyond Vince.

    Having observed the two schools for a long time, it seems to me there is more similarity in the two student bodies than differences, and the feel of being on Auburn’s campus is much like being in Athens.

    The big differences are institutional…and we don’t have the Crimson team to deal with every year, at the bar, over dinner everywhere…back in the days of yore when Tech played football, things were much the same with us.

    Them Awbun folks, they could be our cousins….makes for a helluva game.

    • StatGal

      Completely agree. In fact having grown up in the Auburn area with every family member but me passing through the institution… Them Awbun folks ARE my cousins! Hehe And parents and grandparents… I almost got kicked out of the family when I moved to Athens and enrolled.

    • Dawg in Beaumont

      Auburn and Athens are virtually the same place. All you have to do is replace the culture and music history with strip malls and trailer parks, and deduct 200 points from the student’s SAT scores. BOOM! Athens becomes Auburn

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Athens, and the institutional culture at Georgia changed…Auburn did not.

        Auburn really is like Georgia was in the sixties and seventies…

      • Noonan

        Also replace “ringing the chapel bell” with “throwing toilet paper on trees.”

        • RocketDawg

          I used to feel this way until 2010. Before that we would go to the games with our Auburn friends and tease each other in a friendly manner after the game depending on who won. Most of the time I would cheer for Auburn to win if they weren’t playing a game that directly influenced the Dawgs season.

          Since the 2010 season I have broken ties with a lot of my former Auburn friends due to the fact that they became absolutely insufferable during the whole Scam Newton debacle. They KNEW it was wrong but were willing to sell their souls for a championship (especially since the Tahd had won one the year before) and to hell with anyone who criticized them or even implied that there was something shady going on. It amazes me that an entire fanbase was so brainwashed by the whole situation, some of these folks I consider intelligent, rational people and they were “All In”.

          No my friends since 2010 and the dirty play of Nick Fairly and the blatant breaking of the rules by Auburn, I couldn’t give a flying *#$% about them or anyone associated with that program. 0-12 from now until the end of time wouldn’t be enough.

          It’s time for the Dawgs to put the Barners back in their place on Saturday.

          • Silver britches


          • Noonan

            Auburn has always cheated and always will. They can’t accept the reality that the most successful football program in America (for 50 years at least) is in Tuscaloosa. The sad thing is that despite their willingness to win at any cost, they will never achieve more than a fraction of Bama’s success.

          • Cosmic Dawg

            Thank you for ending the heavy petting session above. Good grief, what is happening around here? Destroy those sombitches, stomp them into the ground! Somebody give me a helmet!

          • I feel the exact same way, Rocket Dawg. Oh, they were loud and obnoxious in 2010, and “all in” as you say. I too questioned their values. Now I know, that their “Fans” do not care about anything but winning even if they have to cheat to win. No ethics on the plains. About that comparison of Auburn to Athens….NOT!!! Please, I have spent some time down there. No class…none….nothing like Athens.

          • Pay Me

            Amen. Every time I hear about tornadoes to our west I openly root for it to hit that shitty little town on the plains and wipe it clean.

      • 81Dog

        It’s spooky. Auburn is basically Athens without paved roads, indoor plumbing, and wheel-less housing!

        200 SAT points? Try 400.

    • WF dawg

      You lost me at “furious but without real hate.” I’ve nurtured a seething hatred for Auburn ever since 2010. The fact that even a little of it has ebbed away since last year makes me feel kinda guilty.

    • dudetheplayer

      “Auburn has tons of kids who came from Georgia”

      Yes, they’re the ones who got rejected by UGA and then became “all-in” Auburn diehards immediately after high school. I know plenty of them.

      • Will (the other one)

        Yep. They’re the GA HS kids who want an SEC experience Safety School.

      • 81Dog

        AU has had kids like that since at least 1975. A bunch of them went to my HS in DeKalb County. One of them tried to tells me back then that the AU freshman class has comparable SAT scores to the freshman at Harvard. I don’t think she was high, or that she’d just had a serious head injury. She and her fellow AU travelers were convinced that UGA was full of ignorant rednecks,too. Maybe she thought she really WAS at Harvard, I don’t know. Hate that place, have always hated that place. Bunch of stump jumpin’, low class, big mouthed cheating wannabes. I used to hate the fact so many of them moved to Atlanta when I lived there. Ugh

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          They are still here. A friend of mine once said of an Auburn guy that he knew: “I never saw him when he didn’t have mud on his shoes.” That about covers all of ’em.

    • AusDawg85

      “…the feel of being on Auburn’s campus is much like being in Athens.” Son…I don’t believe I woulda said that. Please turn-in your Dawg credentials at the front desk on your way outta town.

  8. uglydawg

    They both attended Auburn..I left that nugget out.

  9. DawgPhan

    Auburn is like Athens….obvious troll is obvious.

  10. My fav all time line…..

    Remember when you get to Auburn, you need to set your clock back 1 hour….and Twenty Years.

    • Two boys are playing football in Big Springs Park when one is attacked by a rabid Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy rips off a board of a nearby fence, wedges it down the dog’s collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck. A reporter from the Huntsville Times, who was strolling by
      sees the incident, and rushes over to interview the boy. “Young Bama Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal,” he starts writing in his notebook. “But I’m not a Bama fan,” the little hero replied.
      “Sorry, since we are in North Alabama I just assumed you were.” said the reporter and starts again. “Little Auburn Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack” he continued writing in his notebook. “I’m not a Auburn fan either,” the boy said. “I assumed everyone in the Area was either for Bama or Auburn. What team do you root for?” the reporter asked. “I’m a Tennessee fan.” the child said. The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, “Little Hillbilly Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet.”

  11. W Cobb Dawg

    I think the more important factor is which team’s DL coach is making a bigger impact. Of our D coaches, I believe Wilson is the only one who’s earned his paycheck. Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, I’m happy with the way RG’s departure has worked out. But RG was smart to hitch his wagon to malzahn, who’s no dummy when it comes to coaching. Problem is, malzahn’s probably going to demand more from RG than CMR ever did.

    • Will (the other one)

      Eh…maybe not. I think Gus hired RG to recruit, specifically in GA. Middling-coached 4-star DLine talent is still better than what they had the past 2 years, especially rotating 8 of them.

  12. Normaltown Mike


    Do you think Garner will have some inside track on when Grantham will put twelve men on the field?

  13. sniffer

    Senator, what day can we expect an open thread on Auburn? You know, where we get to share our thoughts about the “loveliest village on the plains” and the good citizens of TigerNation?

  14. Spike

    Let us ruin their season before the Tide does, boys1 I’ve been to Auburn. Son, it is nothing like Athens. We are nothing like those pot lickers. We are not like “cousins.” Ever since the fire hose game, I’ve disliked that bunch. Then Scam, Nick Fairley and Trooper Taylor turned into a seething hatred. And why do we have to play them ywo years in a row there?

  15. Phil Steele said on Cowherd today that his computers show Auburn beating us handily. But he also said that he personally feels Georgia has a chance.

  16. How many points do you think Auburn will score? based on past performance, Auburn has greater than a 40% chance of scoring over 40 and greater than a 90% chance of scoring over 30.

    Here are the points scored by the last 12 teams UGA played that were ranked in the AP top 20 (all under Grantham):

    41, 41, 30, 38, 32, 9, 35. 33, 42, 45, 35, 49

    5 of the 12 scored over 40.
    11 of the 12 scored over 30.