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It's been a   L  O  N  G   five years, but Georgia is back in the SEC Championship Game!

Congratulations to Kirby Smart and the 2017 Georgia Bulldogs on what has been an incredible year. These guys went out and broke 10 teams' respective wills to compete this season. Of the two teams that did compete with the Dawgs, one (Notre Dame) crumbled late in their own stadium that was half-full of UGA fans, and the other (Auburn), now stands between our boys and UGA's 13th SEC Championship.

There is a lot at stake Saturday. Here are some quick storylines that we dive into this week:

1. The rematch: UGA can still beat every team it has played this season

2. Series Record: An Auburn win would ties the overall series record at 57 wins each.

3. SEC Championship Count: Georgia would move into second place in all-time SEC Championships with their 13th title on Saturday

4. It's first SEC Championship Game in The Benz (and Alabama ain't here!)

5. It's the 11th Georgia - Auburn Game in Atlanta (after a 103 year hiatus)

6. It's the 18th Time a Georgia SEC Championship is on the line and Auburn is lined up on the other side of the ball. Georgia is 10-7 in these games.




Now, if you are like me, you may be hesitant to let yourself consider all of that noise when the image of the Dawgs getting thoroughly whacked on the Plains is still fresh in your mind. 

What on Earth would make you think the Dawgs will play different this time around? Here is what I am hanging my hat on:

1. The Venue: Georgia fans will outnumber Auburn fans 3 to 1 on Saturday. I would argue crowd noise led to 14-24 points worth of mistakes for  the Dawgs at Auburn earlier this year.

2. Gut Check: Previous to getting whacked by Auburn, the Dawgs had not had a team give them 60 minutes worth of a fight this year. Georgia knows what it will physically take to win this game, and they should have all the motivation they need.

3. Conditioning: Georgia is coming off a cake walk win against Tech where the First String sat out the last 1.5 quarters. Auburn is coming off a much more physical game against Alabama that blew out their star player's shoulder.

4. Familiarity: Auburn is the only team Georgia has played this year that has been able to execute against Georgia on both sides of the ball. If nothing else, Kirby has shown that he learns from his losses (See 2016 Vandy, Tech, Tennessee, Florida games). To date, no opposing has beaten Kirby twice. I'm willing to bet that holds through October of next year.

It is going to be a fun Saturday in Atlanta. Tickets are steep, but you can bet there will be plenty of DGD's partying everywhere from Dalton to Darien and all points in between. Get out there, bark with some friends and enjoy this bonus week of the football season, because in 2017 it has been Great to Be a Georgia Bulldawg!!


ON TO THE NOTES!!

DJ Shockley in the 2005 SEC Championship Game
  • Game 13: SEC Championship - Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers
  • Kickoff: Saturday, December 2 - 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (73,000) - Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 11-1 (7-1 SEC), Auburn 10-2 (7-1 SEC)
  • 2016 Records: Georgia 8-5 (4-4 SEC), Auburn 8-5 (5-3 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #6/6, Auburn #4/4
  • TV: CBS - Brad Nessler (PxP), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Video Stream: CBSSports.com
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: georgiadogs.com | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 137, XM 190
OFFICIAL GAME NOTES



COMPLETE OFFICIAL UGA GAME NOTES


UGA DIGITAL BOWL GUIDE: SEC CHAMPIONSHIP



THIS WEEK'S BULLDAWG ILLUSTRATED

THIS WEEK'S SEC BANTER COLUMN

 

The Dawgs are well positioned to avenge that embarrassing defeat because historically, and generally speaking, the loser of the first match fares better the second time around.

For example, my wife and I recently argued about my plan to adorn our house with those big, multi-colored Christmas lights that were popular in the ’70s and ’80s.  (She strongly prefers the small white lights — borrrrring.)

I won that first argument and was set to start-a-hanging, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but thousands of little white lights and my wife instructing, “Here.”


OFFICIAL AUBURN GAME NOTES
Georgia 2017 Averages Auburn
35.5 Scoring Offense 36.7
*13.8 Scoring Defense 16.4
+3 Turnover Margin +3
434.7 Total Offense 470.2
^265.7 Rushing Offense 237.7
169.0 Passing Offense 232.6
9.4 Punt Returns 9.7
24.6 Kickoff Returns 21.6


*ranks No. 4 nationally; ^ranked top-10 nationally
POOR MAN'S PROGNOSTICATION

Game Week Prediction:

Look for three things to happen Saturday:

1. Bulldog people claim the Benz as our own.

2. A late Rodrigo Blankenship Field Goal

3. Georgia claims their 13th SEC Championship Game and erases all memory of the unpleasantness in Auburn from November.

Georgia wins 31-28
- Georgia has reclaimed the Governor's Cup Trophy and extended its advantage in the series to 66-39-5.

- Georgia's 38 points was the most against Tech since 2013 (41-34 OT win).

- Tech failed to score in the second half.

- Georgia tallied 38 points and 471 yards of total offense (247-rushing, 224-passing) on 60 plays.

- The Bulldogs came in averaging 35.3 points a game including leading the nation in Red Zone Offense, going 40-for-41 with 30 touchdowns. Georgia went 4-for-4 in the Red Zone (3 TDs, 1 FG).

- To Hell With Georgia Tech!
Georgia vs. Auburn, 1895, Piedmont Park.
POOR MAN'S POINTS

With a win Saturday, Georgia would:
 
1. Move into a tie for Second on the all-time SEC Championship List with Tennessee at 13 SEC Championships. (Auburn has 8, Alabama has 26)

2. Protect their series lead over Auburn, which Georgia currently leads 57-56-8.

3. Square Georgia's record against Auburn in Atlanta, which Georgia has trailed 4-5-3 for 103 years.

4. Become the second team in SEC history to win an SEC Championship rematch after losing the regular season contest. (LSU, 2001)

5. Clinch UGA's first ever College Football Playoff berth.

Saturday's Game also moves the UGA-Auburn series into a tie for the second-most played college football game among power five conference members.

The most active is Wisconsin-Minnesota at 127 meetings.

Georgia - Auburn ("The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry"), and Virginia - North Carolina ("The South's Oldest Rivalry") both date to 1892 and will both have 122 meetings after Saturday.
Collage of game programs from years when Georgia beat Auburn for an SEC Title.

 
1933 (Columbus): Auburn beats Georgia 14-6, denying the Bulldogs an SEC title.

1946 (Columbus): #3 Georgia beats Auburn 41-0 to win the SEC title.

1948 (Columbus): #13 Georgia beats Auburn 42-14 to win the SEC title.

1959 (Athens): #12 Georgia beats #8 Auburn 14-13 to win the SEC title.

1966 (Auburn): #9 Georgia beats Auburn 21-13 to win the SEC title.

1968 (Auburn): #5 Georgia beats #12 Auburn 17-3 to win the SEC title
.

1971 (Athens): #6 Auburn beats #7 Georgia 35-20, denying the Bulldogs an SEC
title.

1976 (Auburn): #7 Georgia beats Auburn 28-0 to win the SEC title.

1978 (Auburn): Auburn ties #8 Georgia 22-22, denying the Bulldogs an SEC title.

1979 (Athens): #15 Auburn beats Georgia 33-13, denying the Bulldogs an SEC title.

1980 (Auburn): #1 Georgia beats Auburn 31-21 to win the SEC title.

1981 (Athens): #4 Georgia beats Auburn 24-13 to win the SEC title.

1982 (Auburn): #1 Georgia beats Auburn 19-14 to win the SEC title.


1983 (Athens): #3 Auburn beats #4 Georgia 13-7, to deny the Bulldogs as Tigers win the SEC.

1986 (Auburn): Georgia beats #8 Auburn 20-16, denying Tigers an SEC title.

1987 (Athens): #12 Auburn beats #8 Georgia 27-11, denying the Bulldogs an SEC title.

1988 (Auburn): #9 Auburn beats #17 Georgia 20-10, denying the Bulldogs an SEC title. LSU/Auburn share title.


 
2017 (Atlanta):   ?      
FROM GEORGIA

- Georgia is making its sixth appearance in the SEC Championship Game and first since 2012.

- The Bulldogs have won 12 SEC Championships with the most recent one coming in 2005. That tally ranks third in league history behind Alabama (26) and Tennessee (13).

- A Georgia victory in the SEC Championship would likely give the Bulldogs their fourth appearance in a CFP/BCS-type bowl game.
 
SEC Championship Game Appearances//Bowl Destination
 
2002: #4 Georgia over #22 Arkansas 30-3// Sugar: Beat No. 16 Florida State 26-13

2003: #3 LSU over #5 Georgia 34-13// Capital One: Beat No. 12 Purdue 34-27 (ot)

2005: #13 Georgia over #3 LSU 34-14// Sugar: Lost to No. 11 West Va. 38-35

2011: #1 LSU over #12 UGA 42-10// Outback: Lost to No. 12 Mich. St. 33-30 (3ot)

2012: #2 Alabama over #3 Georgia 32-28//Capital One: Beat NEB 45-31
Plaid Columns

That Dog'll Bite You!
mixed media on panel
30 x 30 inches
FROM AUBURN

- Auburn has won eight SEC titles since joining the league in 1933.

- Championship seasons for the Tigers were 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010 and 2013.

- This is Auburn’s sixth appearance in the SEC Championship game; the Tigers are 3-2 in previous contests, all played in the Georgia Dome:
 
1997: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
2000: Florida 28, Auburn 6
2004: Auburn 38, Tennessee 28
2010: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
2013: Auburn 59, Missouri 42 

- Georgia leads the all-time series 57-56-8, winning 12 of the last 16 games.

- Auburn was a 40-17 winner on November 11 in a game played at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

- The teams have met 12 times previously in Atlanta.

- The first 10 meetings between the schools from 1892-1903 were all played in Atlanta, as were the 1913 and 1914 contests. Auburn holds a 5-4-3 advantage in those games.

- This is the fifth time Auburn has played a team twice in a season. The four previous times, the team that won the first meeting also won the second meeting:
 
1893 vs. Alabama
2000 vs. Florida
2004 vs. Tennessee
2010 vs. South Carolina
DECEMBER FOOTBALL IN ATLANTA CALLS FOR ROCKET FUEL BABY!

A SPLASH OF COKE IS ALL YOU NEED. ONE 12 OZ CAN OF COKE RED SHOULD LAST YOUR WHOLE TAILGATE ALL DAY.

Georgia will wear white on Saturday.

This will mark the first time Georgia has worn white in the SEC Championship Game.

COLONEL WAFFLES' GAMBLING PICKS, CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK.

We are 57-32-6 so far (64%), and went 7-7-2 last week.

#21 Stanford at #11 USC -3.5 - Fri, Dec 1, 8:00 PM ET

#20 Memphis +7.5 at #15 UCF - Sat, Dec 2, 12:00 PM ET

#12 TCU +7.5 at #4 Oklahoma - Sat, Dec 2, 12:30 PM ET

#7 Georgia +2.5 at #6 Auburn - Sat, Dec 2, 4:00 PM ET

#2 Miami +9 at #3 Clemson - Sat, Dec 2, 8:00 PM ET

#9 Ohio State -6.5 at #5 Wisconsin - Sat, Dec 2, 8:00 PM ET

I got to take my son Andy into the Tech game Saturday for his first UGA game, and he emerged 1-0 as a Bulldawg in attendance at Bobby Dodd Stadium!

The Patron Poor Man of the Week is Mr. Hardman Knox!

That's All for This Week!

Go DAWGS!!! BEAT AUBURN!!!




To the Cause of the Poor!


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What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email. 
 
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