The opposite of consistency is consistent, too.

During the Richt era, a common rebuttal to Georgia never having a truly awful season  (2010 was the only year Richt’s Dawgs finished under .500) was hey, look at Auburn.  Sure, everyone acknowledged the occasional season of crap on the Plains, but Marshall!  Cam!  2004!  Yeah, plenty of Georgia fans pronounced themselves happy to trade places and swap results.

Here’s what reality looks like.

The last time the Tigers had consecutive 10-win seasons was under Dye in 1988 and ’89. The last time they finished in the AP top 10 two years running was under Bowden in 1993 and ’94. And the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry has pivoted to Georgia. Since the fourth-and-10 Devon Aromashodu catch/run/fumble of 2005, the Tigers are 3-10 against their neighbor.

Sure, we seem to have the best of both worlds now, but I’m curious.  Those of you out there who felt like that — c’mon, don’t be ashamed to admit it — did you really understand what you were asking for?  Do you still stand by it?

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71 responses to “The opposite of consistency is consistent, too.

  1. Richard Iwezulu

    I always thought the argument was silly for anyone who cared about tradition.

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  2. Sanford222view

    Speaking of Auburn like things, anyone heard anything about Holyfield getting busted for weed?

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  3. BigD

    Forgive me Senator for I have sinned….

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  4. No to defend Auburn, because they are terrible people who do not deserve it, but they are hammered biannually with their schedule. Closing at UGA and at Bama makes it also impossible to string together back to back 10 win seasons. Also, prior to the 2003 schedule change, their other permanent from the East was Florida during the Spurrier run.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      No it doesn’t. You just have to beat two tough teams in a row. Jeez, don’t enable their whining. They didn’t complain about this when Mike Shula was coaching Alabama. It’s their fault for not being competitive enough with Saban’s Tide.

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      • An explanation and an excuse aren’t the same thing.

        I don’t care if they never win another game. But don’t act as if that closing stretch every other year on the road isn’t a bear. That’s simply not true.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      That change happened in 2014. What explains the prior inconsistency?

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    • TomReagan

      That Auburn complaint about how tough it is to have us and Bama both on the road in even years is a crock. First of all, they get both of us at home in odd years under the current format.

      Second, and more relevant to your point, they’ve only had to play those two games on the road twice. 2014 and 2016, so that can hardly be an excuse for their failure to put together back to back 10 win seasons in the last 30 years.

      Finally, they took the benefit of back to back home games in order to get to this current set up. Now that they see the downside they want to move a game that’s had it’s current spot on our schedule for my entire lifetime, at least, to soften the blow.

      So I’ve got good news for you, gatriguy, there’s no need to defend those terrible people on this either.

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      • Yeah, I’m not how much clearer I can be about my feelings for Auburn. I legit don’t care if they ever win again. It’s simply context

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        • playmakers in space

          And your context is bullshit. They were struggling at putting up consistent winning seasons WELL before this schedule change happened. And if they were really sincere about “fixing” it, then just play us two straight at home and we’ll get right back to the way things were. When they were still a rollercoaster.

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          • Ok, I’m done. I’m not disagreeing with anyone on this, but clearly I fucked up my explanation. Or I’m just an idiot. Either way, I’m out.

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            • playmakers in space

              Not an idiot at all. Maybe poorly phrased or incomplete in the original statement, but then again we are all guilty of that.

              Sorry for the harsh tone.

              Auburn sucks.

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    • Russ

      And who’s fault is that? Auburn had the schedule set with one home and the other road and McGarity bent over for them. Now they complain about it and Mcgarity is about to bend over for them again.

      We play Florida and Auburn nearly back to back. When they were both good, we just sucked it up. Screw Auburn.

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    • MDDawg

      It’s not impossible for them to string together back to back 10-win seasons. They could lose to us and Bama, and beat everyone else. Or they could lose a 3rd game, finish at 9-3, then win a bowl game. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s possible.

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    • dubyadee

      I think the bigger point the Senator is making is not about the back to back 10 win seasons (which have been pretty rare for Georgia and Auburn), but is that a really terrible season for Georgia is 6-7 (with a bowl appearance), while Auburn has had a true dumpster fire every two-three seasons for a long time now. Georgia has not been irrelevant since Goff was fired.

      It is a point I have been trying to make for years, and I have always thought it was a reflection of Auburn’s (poor/corrupt/short-sighted) management at the administrative level. I feel like they are always this close to a total collapse on the level that UT is currently experiencing.

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  5. Go Dawgs!

    I always thought this was a silly argument as well.. I would never have wanted to go through Auburn’s humiliating 2012 with my players literally quitting on the field against a rival, two years removed from a national title. It makes your programs’ successes look like flukes. I want to establish a base camp near the peak and try to climb the rest of the way.

    Of course, I was also against firing Richt (although I was excited once we hired Kirby) so I’m not always right, either.

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  6. That 2012 goose egg at Auburn was glorious.

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  7. Got Cowdog

    I never wanted to trade places with them, I merely want/wanted our team to beat their asses every time we play them. I feel the same about every other team that ever has or will appear on our schedule.
    Cam Newton is still an asshole and I’m glad he never played a down for the Dawgs. Maybe I wouldn’t feel that way had we won the natty with him as QB, but we did not. I wouldn’t have traded CMR for Chizik or Mahlzahn, and as much fun as I poke at Bobo, it was and still fun.I love my Dawg’s win or lose.

    aubrun sucks.

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    • Mayor

      Has it ever occurred to you what would have happened if Cam Newton hadn’t stolen that laptop? He would have succeeded Timmy as the Gator QB and FU likely would have won 2 more natties.

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      • Got Cowdog

        Not really. I don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about Cam. Except for auburn hate week, when I need a little sumpin-sumpin to keep the fire hot. 😉

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Had Cam not stolen the laptop he still would have left UF. He had become academically ineligible. He had to go to Blinn to regain academic standing.

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    • Plus, their 2013 run was by definition a fluke. Two of the most bizarre plays in a 3 week period–oh, and against the two foes they’re complaining about scheduling misfortunes.

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  8. Gravidy

    I never felt that way. Similarly, some people told me they’d rather have been Marlins fans over the last quarter of a century or so because they have twice as many World Series titles as the Braves. I think those people are nuts, too.

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  9. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    My opposition to firing Richt was twofold.

    I didn’t want to wander the wilderness like Tennessee and I didn’t want the 12-0 followed by the awful years like Auburn, no matter how much I wanted that championship.
    I wanted Richt to be given all the support that there was to be given to go win a championship as I watched him be hamstrung by inept, miserly management for his tenure at UGA.

    I am enjoying every second of Kirby grinding teams to pulp, with a department that is giving him every opportunity to succeed. I love the power of AND. Had Richt had this support when the SEC was down and before Saban returned, I’m confident our last title wouldn’t be before i was born.

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    • ChiliDawg

      So what’s his excuse at Miami?

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      • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

        So stick with me a moment. It is entirely possible that a coach can have greater success at a school that is stacked with talent than at a school largely bereft of talent. It is also possible for a Coach to do better at one school than another.

        It’s also even possible that one can walk and chew gum at the same time, though with you, that’s always been a debatable point.

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        • ChiliDawg

          But it’s not at all possible that the reason he didn’t get the support at Georgia that Kirby gets is because he didn’t push hard enough? I’m tired of hearing the excuse that “if only Richt had gotten the support that Kirby gets.” Kirby gets that support because he demanded it. You want to blame somebody for Georgia not supporting the program enough? Blame Richt for not using his leverage to get it when he had it.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Glad Richt is now Miami’s problem, good luck with the long con down there.

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    • Mayor

      CMR almost won a nattie in 2012 anyway and IMHO the Dawgs were the best team at the end of 2007 and would have beaten any other team in the country in the BCSNCG if they had gotten the chance to play.

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  10. I didn’t support the argument but this is kinda like having an 8 at home and watching a single buddy who occassionally brings home a 10, but also is prone to mix in some Coyote Uglies as well. You can’t help be curious what one of those 10’s would be like.

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  11. Blinding Whiff

    If I had a truck, I would drive it and like it.

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  12. DawgPhan

    I dont see anyone willing to admit it yet, but it was a pretty common opinion for about a decade.

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    • Muttley

      I had the argument with people a few times. I wouldn’t trade for their 2010 if it came with their 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. I wouldn’t trade our last ten wins (six Glorious routs) over them for any glass trophy.

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  13. DawgPhan

    I always feel like flipping UT and Auburn were right up there with any other accomplishment.

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  14. Muttley

    Here’s a fresh point about Georgia vs. Auburn (though slightly subjective): I would make the case that following Dooley, all three Georgia coaches have left the program in good shape. Following Goff, Donnan, and Richt- Donnan Richt and Smart have all been in position to win big in year two with their predecessor’s talent, each maybe a little moreso than the coach before. Georgia has trended slowly but steadily upward from about ’97 on with only a few small hiccups.

    Then look at Auburn: the wild card is Dye, who left a shambles, though Bowden won quickly (from behind NCAA bars). But Barfield, Dye, Bowden, Tommy of the T’ubervilles, and Chizook left a flaming package on the doorstep of their successors. Does anyone doubt Malzook’s destiny to do the same?

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  15. David K

    To live through it it’s better to be in our shoes but in 40 years they’ll still have that National Championship banner in their stadium and nobody will give 2 shits about a bunch of 10 win seasons. The obvious answer is it’s better to be consistently good and also grab a championship every now and then.

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    • Muttley

      That’s ultra-simplistic. Your program builds momentum off the steady stuff, not one big flash season with a rented player, followed by years of misery.

      Three appearances in the Sugar Bowl and a Rose Bowl, one of college football’s longest bowl streaks, dominance of your rivalries, placing your players in the NFL, and yes- ten win seasons add up to a lot more than what Cam Newton (Heisman aside) did for the Barn.

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  16. ChiliDawg

    I was always consistent that I would never have traded places with Auburn. They may have won big, but they’ll never remove the stain. They are regarded nationally, rightfully so, as a dirty program. And they’re the brunt of more jokes than they are the subject of any high praise.

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  17. I’ll take our sustained performance over the roller coaster that is the Alabama Cow College. I want a national championship, but there’s a hell of a lot outside your control that goes into winning one.

    Win the SEC and the rest takes care of itself.

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  18. Rusty

    I like trucks.

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  19. b

    Whatever happened to Malzahn wanting to move to the SEC East?

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    • MDDawg

      It’s almost like it doesn’t look as inviting anymore.

      I wouldn’t mind them realigning the divisions, if everyone could keep their traditional rivals. So by all means Auburn, come on over, but you’re still gonna play Bama every year.

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  20. Biggus Rickus

    I’m not sure many of the people who longed for the peaks and valleys are still around. I wanted to get rid of Richt, but I wouldn’t have traded his consistent 9 to 10 wins for Auburn’s craziness.

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  21. ugajeff

    I’ll admit to often having the debate, even sometimes -albeit briefly!- willing to make the trade and understand why others would too….but we all know that argument was a direct result of watching them win a NC and play for another, while we sat on the outside looking in. That is the ONLY thing worth any envy out of that place. However, were we still only an above average 10-win team, the debate would be going strong. But that was all BK…Before Kirby!

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  22. UGA '97

    Kirby finally flipped the script. He just choses a different way to roster manage than the Bus. Even Stidham transferred in.

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  23. PTC DAWG

    F the barn.

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  24. PNWDawg

    Given the runs we had in 2007 and 2012 I was comfortable where we were vs. Auburn. I was beginning to go down a different path, however, after 2015. That was a downer of a 10-win season.

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