Georgia makes another trip to Auburn

Rob Saye

The No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) have an opportunity to accomplish a feat that they have not managed since 1966: beat three top-10 teams in the same season. Georgia travels to Auburn to take on the seventh-ranked Tigers in a top-25 matchup that will be nationally televised on CBS. This rivalry isn’t called the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” for just any reason. Georgia and Auburn have played each other 117 times dating back to 1892. The series is currently deadlocked at 54-54-8. However, in recent memory the Dawgs have owned the series, having won six out of the last seven contests. Auburn’s lone win in that span was in 2010 when it went on to beat Oregon in the BCS National Championship.

2013 year marks the second straight year the Dawgs are playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The reason behind this is because the SEC had to make a few minor tweaks to its scheduling in order for conference newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri to fit in the rotation. Conference officials considered this 2013 campaign to be somewhat of a “bridge.”

Head coach Mark Richt expressed his sen- timent on the scheduling tweak. “We’re getting ready to play Auburn,” said Richt. “We’re go- ing back there twice in a row. The quirk in the schedule didn’t really work to our favor, but that’s what happens when you add two new teams and you are trying to make the sched- uling work, so we are going back and looking forward to that opportunity. We are playing a top-10 team.”

With Todd Gurley back healthy and the offensive line showing vast improvement from the start of the season, the Bulldogs have a fighting chance to upset the Tigers. In the first two games of the season the Dawgs’ offensive line surrendered six sacks. Since then the big hogs up front have only given up five sacks, ultimately keeping Aaron Murray clean.

The defense showed progress in each of the last two weeks. Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson is a man on a mission, leading the SEC with 92 total tackles. That number also ties the junior for 14th in the nation.


Sophomore tailback Keith Marshall underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered against Tennessee on Oct. 5. Direc- tor of sports medicine Ron Courson thought “it went well” according to Richt in a Tuesday press conference.

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