Don’t forget, Dawgnation. Saturday marks the end of a certain era.
The college football series between Auburn and Georgia will forever be known as the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.”
After this Saturday’s game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, however, it will no longer have the late-season impacts on the Eastern and Western division races within the Southeastern Conference. Next year, Auburn and Georgia will collide in the regular season outside of November for the first time since 1936, with the two scheduled to meet Oct. 10.
Malzahn and Smart kind of brush off the shuffle (if it’s no big deal, why was Gus pushing for it in the first place?), but it is going to change the flavor of the second half of Georgia’s schedule.
By having the contest against the Volunteers in November next season, Georgia will have a closing conference run of Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, which certainly will provide a make-or-break fate in the East landscape.
It’s not quite Tennessee’s November, but it’s a lot closer to that than it’s been.