It’s never too early to start thinking about Auburn.

And this, courtesy of Andy Staples, is a good place to start.

The Bulldogs haven’t seen a relatively equal collection of athletes since their win at Notre Dame on Sept. 9. They’ll see one Saturday in Auburn. So this one may come down to whether Kirby Smart and his staff can outcoach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

As long as that damned rabbit’s foot is somewhere in another time zone, I’m okay with that.

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79 responses to “It’s never too early to start thinking about Auburn.

  1. Derek

    There may be some comparisons there but I think we’ll be ok.

    Auburn can throw it better and may have better WRs.

    ND can definitely run the ball better.

    ND definitely has the better OL.

    Auburn may have a better front 7, but ND probably has a better set of DB’s.

    Gus for some stupid reason refuses to be anything but finesse. This is the sort of match up that Roquan will love.

    As far as playing against top notch players, the 2 losses on Auburn’s ledger were against teams that have Georgia-like players but who have not been playing as well as we’ve been playing.

    Take away 21, get a lead, then destroy Stidham. Dawgs win comfortably.

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  2. Rebar

    Good lord, we beat Auburn last year. We have a much better team this year. I don’t think they stand a chance against us.

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    • AUB is clearly the most athletic team we’ve faced. They have more team speed than any team we’ve faced. And it’s on the road. For fun, go check out Jake Fromm’s home/road splits. They’re not pretty.

      This is going to be tough.

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  3. Jared S.

    I think it’ll be a good game. And Georgia will make Malzahn look like an ass.

    It’s in the stars.

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    • barneydawg

      I sure hope so. This is the biggest game for my generation of UGA grads. I would feel better if we had a better pass rush. Please, good over evil, Dawgs on top!

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      • Mayor

        This is the biggest game up to NOW. Win this one and the next game becomes the biggest, then the next game, then the next…..

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      • Charles

        The 2012 SEC game was bigger. Unfortunately, we came down on the wrong side of that one.

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        • Macallanlover

          I would say 2002 was bigger than most, but since it is game week I will go with this Saturday’s being the biggest…then, like Mayor said, Kentucky, then GT, etc., etc. Historical wins are trumped by the present, but getting that 2002 win to make it to the Dome for the first time will always be special. It is what led to this season because Georgia became relevant again, and have been ever since.

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  4. Hillbilly Dawg

    My summation was coaching as well. I believe we have the Jimmies and Joes.

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  5. Timphd

    Good over evil. I like that Barney. It is completely appropriate.

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    • Mayor

      That doesn’t always work. Remember $cam Newton and Fairly the Fairy? Pretty much evil there and they won.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Shoe is on the other foot this year. I’m sure the sec office has let the officials know how great it would be to have 2 teams in the cfp.

        And Kirby and this team aren’t gonna allow this QB to be on the receiving end of a dirty hit. Barners would need a heck of a lot more than fire hoses if that beast in our players got out.

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      • just sayin

        Fairly was nothing more than a common street thug…and his coaches embraced it. I think he may be doing time now. I hate AU and I had a son to graduate from there. BTW, did you see Scam acting like he’s 12 years old yesterday? I remember when either Brooks or Cribs outran Herschel by 11 yards in the rain, but we won anyway. Their quote, ” Guess I showed everybody who the best back in the league is”. He ran for all of 76 yards.
        Did I mention I hate AU?

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        • Macallanlover

          More than just the coaches embraced his thuggery, the entire AU fanbase went all in on the cheating and dirty play that season. That is when Auburn because the team I love to beat most. The best rivalry we ever had was lost that year, now I wish it would go away because they have been kicked out of CFB. Stomp their asses this weekend, but don’t do anything that looked like Auburn and their fans did in 2010. Never forget.

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  6. Russ

    Yeah, this one has worried me for a while. Auburn has the players to match up with us. As long as Kirby doesn’t try to force anything (opening onside kick anyone?) and the team plays patient, we should squeeze out the win. But this is the first game since ND where I haven’t felt completely confident.

    Given our recent history with them, I’m hoping we’re in their heads a little bit and that causes Gus to freeze up.

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    • Jeff Sanchez

      Yeah, I’m very, very nervous. Back in the 80’s – 90’s, this is the kind of game we’d drop to AU ; they seemed to kill our dreams back in the day

      I DO think playing USC Jr was a great warm up for the Tigers. Very similar style of play, but Auburn has better horses

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      • Mayor

        In 1971 Georgia was 9-0 and played Auburn in Athens. Georgia had the better team but Auburn won 35-20 with Pat Sullivan throwing (I think) 5 TD passes. That game won the Heisman for Sullivan. I was at that game. It was Georgia’s only loss. The Dawgs finished #3 in the nation at 11-1 after the bowl win. If not for that loss UGA likely would have played for the national championship that year. Until Herschel showed up that team was probably the best Georgia team in history but didn’t win anything–not the conference, not a nattie, because of that loss to Auburn. We really need to beat Auburn.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          And that thing in what? 1946? Sinkwich, Trippi, ranked number one, got curb-stomped by Awbun.

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          • Muttley

            ’42. That Auburn team also lost to a Florida squad we had beaten 75-0.

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          • dawgtired

            We went undefeated in 46′. As Muttley stated it was a few years earlier than 46′. I think we were still playing them in Columbus those days. It doesn’t get anymore tradition rich than this rivalry.

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    My view of this game is always clouded by its amazing, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping history.

    Our punts blocked (at least once by Pat Dye, who, at the time played for us). Their punts blocked (Greg Bell–from Birmingham)passes dropped or not knocked down, Bill Herron, Odell Thurman, field goals by the boat-load.

    Hoses out, Wayne Johnson.

    Its always a war…worry hard.

    Don’t, for Gawd’s sake, wash your hats.

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  8. Muttley

    Malzahn to his team this week: “Georgia has beaten us three straight years now. Anyone in this room, I want you to stand up if you’ve beaten the University of Georgia on this field…………sit down, Trigga Tray.”

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  9. Muttley

    My prediction: in the first quarter, Chubb will pass Bo Jackson in the record books, and Auburn will congratulate Georgia fans over the PA and turn the hoses on them.

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    • Tim B

      People forget the 1983 loss by six to # AU that knocked us out of our fourth straight sec championship and a shot at the national title. Bo Jackson scored the winning td if memory serves me correctly. Only fitting that UGA’s best season since would feature a back who could pass Jackson’s career mark against AU.

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  10. Muttley, that is funny right there. This game is gonna be close.

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  11. Muttley

    O.K., seriously… I always divide the game into areas to look at: (1) Mentally- schedule breaks well, we’re not coming off a war last week, JH has never, ever intimidated UGA, this class has done very well with Auburn- check. Focus will be there at 3:30 on CBS. Looking good. (2) Health- couldn’t be better, and Natrez should be back, right? (3) Talent: I’ll take ours; maybe not by a significant amount, but that brings us to (4) Coaching, where I’ll take us all week long. And that leaves the breaks, the bounces- Horseshoe U and the many moods of Hubert Owens- nothing we can do there but wait and see.

    We’ll be in our first 60-minute game in a long time, they’ll put it all on #11 and test our DBs, we’ll even trail at some point, but unless the Football Gods turn on us I say we outslug ’em.

    But if anything that happens in this series surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.

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  12. Y’all see where Vegas has Auburn as a 2.5 point favorite? I think it will be very close or GA will pull away in the 2nd half and win by 3 TD’s. Apparently the guys who set the early lines feel differently. I have felt for several weeks felt that AU is the only team who has a chance against us until the SECCG. I just don’t see AU as favored. I guess we shall see.

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  13. jermainesdye

    Obligatory, mandatory, necessary: Total War in Auburn.

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  14. Biggen

    Can Dye say that Georgia isn’t “Man enough” to beat Auburn again? Please?!

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    • Muttley

      It’d be great and I’d take it, but Kirby’s Kanines don’t seem to need that stuff as much. Not knocking a great and rightly-loved coach and all he did for us in Athens, but his teams were manic-depressive and you never knew where their head was, week to week. This group seems more like a hired killer than a crime-of-passion type. Focus seems to be the biggest weapon UGA has in 2017. Crossing fingers and sweating now that I’ve said that…

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    • sniffer

      Dye can’t put three words together anymore.

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  15. Busta

    Time for Gus’ ass to feel the heat after this loss…Kirby the coach killer’s come’n to town and you guessed who’s next

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  16. ChiliDawg

    We have the edge in talent and coaching this year.

    Auburn has only looked good against poor competition. In games against above average to great teams, they’ve looked pretty bad.

    I watched the TAMU game, and while Stidham certainly looks to have a great arm, he seems to lack the accuracy and decision making (at least on deep throws) to really hurt us there. They’re also with Kam Pettaway, which diminishes their ground game.

    I expect thei defense will slow us down much as they did to Clemson, but I expect we’ll win in a similar fashion that Clemson did.

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  17. I think we’ll finally find out what’ll happen when our passing game is forced to make plays.

    It will certainly be a tough game if our pass rush decides to go MIA like they did against Mizzou. The Mizzou game is a good precursor to how things might go in this game if our pass rush isn’t there. Add in Auburn having a better run game and defense than Mizzou and, yeah.

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  18. Sportsdawg

    This one is gonna be tough guys. Hang on…

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  19. DawgPhan

    I would expect that it will be a close game for a while. Hopefully we can avoid whatever dumb luck Auburn is going to pull and get the win.

    Georgia’s playing better, has better players, should win the game.

    Surprised by the line and the FPI.

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  20. 3rdandGrantham

    For once we are going into a game where we can be confident that, at worst, the officials will be neutral, in which any bad call made against us will be equalled on the other side.

    With that said, I anticipate a few big calls going our way, as the SEC’s wet dream is to have 2 undefeated teams in the SECC with both going to the playoffs most likely. Dawgs trail but come back to win a nail biter 24-20.

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    • Otto

      We are talking about the game where Richt earned a 15 yarder.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Sure, but different circumstances. Penn Wagers is long gone and it is of far greater benefit to the SEC if we win, whereas back then it didn’t really matter. I’m certainly not saying the SEC office communicates to the officials as to their desired outcome…but they definitely know and no words needs to be said.

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  21. Dudemankind

    Auburn’s RB, Kerryon-whatever-his-name must have touched the ball 40 times on Sat and was taking a lot of hard hits. No way he recovers 100% in time for Roquan and Reggie.

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    • Cojones

      Auburn’s injury report:

      10/31- RB Pettway, shoulder, indef
      11/05- RB Whitlow, ankle, ? vs Uga
      11/05- Three OLs, (leg, leg, ankle), ? vs UGA. Two of these OLs left injured during the game and didn’t return.

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  22. Gene Simmons

    THAT DAWG’LL BITE YOU!!!!!!!!

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  23. illini84

    Why do these pages with video’s keeping popping me back up tp the top. I try to scroll down and, as soon as I get to the bottom, it goes back up to the top?

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  24. Charles

    History matters just as little for this game as it did for the Florida game. Those of you saying stuff like, “We’ve never struggled at Auburn,” or, “We beat them last year” — I’m talking to you.

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    • Cojones

      Char – what makes them so bigly this year when we knew and proved they were overrated last year and not that many new players in their games? Stidham ranks right in there with Bently and Fromme whereas at the beginning of the year, he was ranked by the media as the best thing next to condoms. His early press has survived his 2-loss record and judgements of how good Auburn is right now should be brought up to date.

      With the change in odds, the dew is off the lilly. This is a game that most UGA bettors recognize is very winnable.

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  25. Cojones

    Conspiracy theory:

    Dawgs played Scar’s QB loosely to see if the crowd would intimidate him. He began connecting immediately and the noose was tightened gradually so as not to post any D plays for Auburn to incorporate into their gameplan. Methinks that the D plan for Auburn will be more aggressive and similar to the MSU game plan of shock and awe.

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    • Ellis

      I think we have played in a vanilla kind of way on both sides of the ball for the last several games. First, because we could and second, because Smart didn’t just coach under Saban, he studied him. We have seen flashes of a dynamic throwing game or qb pressure, but not too much. I think Auburn is going to see a different team on Saturday.

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  26. Cojones

    There’s more. philsteele.com has a timely post called “Strength of wins/pain of losses … … … .” that has the usual top two of ‘Bama and Georgia, but the read gets interesting with USC in the top four.

    Based on this judgement factor alone, take a look at where Auburn’s 2-loss schedule has them listed. Now go and get a good night’s sleep.

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