About Auburn in Athens

I had to check the stats just to make sure I’m not crazy.  Georgia hasn’t lost at home to Auburn since 2005.  Since then, it’s compiled seven wins in a row (including a couple by some mediocre Richt teams and Smart’s worst team) by an average score of 33-11.

Am I missing something here?  Sure, Auburn’s a quality opponent and anything can happen, but that’s long way from wetting your pants over the thought of the Tigers coming to Athens.

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51 responses to “About Auburn in Athens

  1. All of that together doesn’t equal the Miracle in Jordan-Hare. I married an Auburn girl, but our relationship almost came to a crash-and-burn-on-the-tarmac end that day. It is not my best work.

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    • Kind of like when Auburn tried to hire Bobby Petrino.

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      • dawgfan1995

        I married an Auburn girl too. Our wedding was November 20, 2010.

        Nick Fairley almost singlehandedly cancelled the wedding on November 13, 2010.

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        • Mayor

          I married an Auburn girl too. She had always been pretty moderate about football until 2010 when almost overnight she became the most obnoxious Auburn fan you ever saw. That bled into our entire relationship. I won’t go into detail but we ended up getting divorced.

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          • Divorce is the worst, the Auburn girl is my second wife, and to her credit…she is the exception that proves the rule. After the MIJH, she recognized that I had a bona fide sickness and cut me wide latitude on Georgia Football. And encouraged me to take good anti-depressants. Plus, there is such a thing as karma – her daughters (whom I adore) want to go to Georgia. There is a God…

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        • Yes. It was exactly like that. I’m glad you backed away from the abyss.

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          • dawgfan1995

            My wife and I came to an agreement: we do not talk to one another during the Georgia/Auburn game. Even if we are at the game sitting next to one another, we do not speak to each other about the game. We might talk about getting a snack, getting something to drink, the weather, etc., but we do not talk about the game.

            It works out, just as Georgia’s record versus Auburn has worked out.

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  2. Nope. Your not missing a thing. Auburn is a very different team on the road vrs. being at home. I haven’t had the time, but I would love to know their road record for the last decade. It cannot be very good. As for Georgia; until they have a different coach in their with a different mentality – I think the best the Tigers can hope for is .500 over a two year span, because beating Georgia at Georgia is almost impossible for them.

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  3. Greg

    Guess things have kinda reversed. I can remember back to about that time when Auburn had more wins in Athens than at home….and the Dawgs has more at Auburn.

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    • HirsuteDawg

      Yeah, we used to joke about the “away field” advantage.

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    • Russ

      Exactly right, Greg. That’s the way it used to be, but Richt ran off a good string of home (and road) wins against them, and Kirby has kept it up at home.

      I agree with the Senator. Auburn is a good team, but I have a lot of confidence playing them at home.

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  4. Will (the other one)

    If Chad Morris can somehow get Bo Nix putting up Tahj Boyd numbers, I’ll worry. But until then, they were only OK on offense last year, even with “future Heisman winner” at QB, and lost by far their best and most disruptive players on D. Steele has been solid, so I don’t expect the defense to totally collapse, but I don’t see the worry at this point.

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  5. Chi-town Dawg

    The Dawgs have dominated this series since 2000 going 14-7 as well as winning 6 out of the last 7 and 8 out of the last 10 games. We’ve actually managed to flip the all-time series record in our favor as a result. It would be even worse if not for the 2 Auburn wannabes hadn’t screwed up a sure victory on the Plains.

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    • JC

      It took a Heisman player to beat UGA in 2010 and the 2005 game was another fluke victory for AU. Other than the 2017 game on the Plains, AU hasn’t had a solid victory against UGA since ’04.

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  6. Derek

    And 2005 was the game they converted 4th and 10 because Tra Battle was playing concussed and no one knew it.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Plus Shockely’s first game back from tearing his MCL. (I still maintain that if he survives the Arkansas game without an injury, that team goes undefeated and the SEC hastens a playoff by having back to back undefeated teams not in the national title game.)

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  7. Otto

    As I stated in the other topic:

    I see Auburn as slightly more of threat than last year. Maybe it was growing up during a period of home field disadvantage in the Auburn game but I don’t put much weight in who is at home for that game.

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    What UGA’s record in Auburn over the same period and what did Auburn do in the years they won? Further, I put more stock in Auburn getting Chad Morris which I think is a mistake for Auburn.

    As far as Auburn being a different team on the road than at home, take a look at the A&M series.

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  8. artful codger

    I seem to remember a fairly long sequence pre-2006 when the visitor won every year

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  9. mw4uga

    Go dawgs

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  10. practicaldawg

    JH : Auburn :: Winter : Russian Army

    And this hasn’t changed. See their absolute meltdown at UF last year against a UF team that was turning it over to them repeatedly all first half.

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  11. Xon

    I think the biggest concern is just that they’re going to somehow be able to get a psychological edge through the reset of now playing this game in October. No actual rational reason to think that would make a real difference, but in a game of momentum, maybe they win the next two and it becomes a “thank god we moved the game to October” narrative for them.

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  12. more spinners

    Change in the offense.
    Will find out in a few weeks when spring practice begins.
    Kirby, a man on the move.
    Now will there be a change in WBB? Is time running out for Joni Taylor.
    Think it is time for the AD to make a change. Not what it use to be!

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  13. The only reason Auburn should be optimistic about winning in Athens this year is whether our offense will be settled by the earlier game date.

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  14. Mark

    Every team is a new team each season. And I wouldn’t normally think history, in and of itself, would make much difference in the outcome of a given game. Talent, coaching, and leadership, yes. History, no.

    Except for one thing: in Auburn’s case, I think UGA is in their heads, much the same way Florida was in UGA’s heads in the 90s and the first half of the aughties. That will eventually change – such streaks between roughly comparable programs always do – but until then, I’ll like our chances, especially in Athens.

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  15. FlyingPeakDawg

    Has all the makings of the game Kirby throws in order to keep Bama out of the SECGC and we win the rematch. Think I’ve seen that strategy work before. 🤔

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  16. Texas Dawg

    I will throw a little money in the slot machines every now and then because once in a blue moon they pay off. That has be the way Auburn feels coming to Athens. Sure there is a 1/10,000 chance they win so you still play it, but not a soul is surprised when they walk away a looser…again.

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  17. PTC DAWG

    I don’t care for Auburn.

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  18. WNCDawg

    The color orange is irrelevant in my mind besides caustic. That assumption made the 3 border states from the NorthWest, West and South of our borders can suck it.

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  19. dawgxian

    You could say that playing them a month early lessens our recruiting advantage over them in a war of attrition but the thing is we still beat them consistently even when they were out recruiting us

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  20. Hobnail_Boot

    I will never forget the 2005 game.

    FTMF

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  21. Jack Burton

    Fuck Auburn

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  22. duronimo

    Nice stat. And from now on we’ll be showing up with superior athletes across the board. The annual showing of the Nick Fairly video will continue to cost Auburn.

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  23. Yeah, I remember when the road team always won.

    So- coincidence that Auburn waited until we started dominating the series to cry about playing Georgia and Alabama so close? I won’t hold my breath waiting on that good karma for rolling over for the NCAA, SEC and Auburn.

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  24. PansyTheDawg

    Auburn sucks.

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  25. 81Dog

    you know we must be in their heads if they felt like they needed to dig up Soulja Boy on the PA 10 years after the original blackout in Athens.

    One reason it felt like they got us a lot in the 80s and 90s was we got outrecruited on the OL and DL. CMR did a good job getting the upper hand on them, and now Kirby is recruiting at a level they cant match. Kind of feels like as long as he’s at UGA, we are never going to run short of competent OL/DL players. AU will probably always be solid, but I dont think 2020 will be the year they get a W in Athens. They lost a lot off their D, and nothing about their O scares me.

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  26. HiAltDawg

    You’re missing the fact that many on this blog piss their pants if they see as much as a black thread on a UGA jersey. Never a bigger mop of pussies pissed, moaned and whined than the Inner Munson Brigade on this site.

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  27. JAX

    Clemson is getting the West/NW-Georgia athletes that Auburn used to get, which is good for us on a rivalry basis but bad as guys like Watson and Lawrence have chosen not to enroll in Athens.

    A strong Clemson weakens Auburn just as a strong FSU weakens Florida, and vice-versa.

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  28. stoopnagle

    Y’all.

    Auburn is 2-8 in last 10 vs UGA

    Vandy: 2-8
    Tech: 2-8
    Kentucky: 0-10 (woo-wee, Joe Cox was a looong time ago)
    Tennessee: 2-8
    Florida: 4-6
    S. Carolina: 5-5 (dammit Spurrier!)
    Mizzou: 1-7

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    • stoopnagle

      Just for my sake, our largest margins of defeat in the last ten years:

      32 to LSU in 2010
      31 to Ole Miss in 2016
      28 to Alabama in 2015
      28 to S. Carolina in 2012
      27 to LSU in 2019
      24 to Florida in 2015
      23 to Auburn in 2017
      20 to LSU in 2018

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  29. Macallanlover

    I don’t think anyone is really afraid of Auburn, why would they be? Sure, there are those weak fans who are still afeared of FU and TN too, so just ignore the 5%ers on everything. Doubt those shaking in their boots represent over 5%, so we good about this.

    Now I pick UGA at 11-1 any year I think we are very good, just because virtually every single “very good to excellent team” manages to lose one game. I am not sure we will be that excellent 11-1 type team yet, but if we are that good in 2020, that one upset could be against Auburn. They are one of about 3 teams who could still upet UGA, if we were very good. (Probably not, because they come to Athens, their offense doesn’t look to be any better, and Malzahn doesn’t look like a coach that will beat Kirby. Certainly possible, but I wouldn’t pick that week to think UGA goes down.

    Should surprise no one that our trip to Tusky represents the biggest challenge because it is a tough road game environment, and our offense will have very little game experience in late September.

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  30. Mayor

    Auburn is a different team at their place. I think their crowd has a lot to do with that…..and their scoreboard and operator.

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