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Georgia is unique in that we have three archrivals. Some schools struggle to even identify one (LSU, for instance). The Dawgs could lose every other game of the season, but a year where we beat Auburn, Florida, or Tech would still be remembered as a decent year by a large number of fans.

Auburn of course is the oldest rival on Georgia's calendar - the first Georgia - Auburn game was 125 years ago. Through the years many people have been prone to call this a "friendly rivalry" - citing the great coaches at each school that played at the other (Dooley and Dye), and some other kind of random connections between the two. Some have even gone so far as to suggest the two are so similar they they are like "cousins" or "brothers"

Well I'm not buying it. 

The fact is that the biggest thing that Georgia and Auburn have in common is that all the students at both schools would have rather gone to Georgia.

This hasn't even been a rivalry since I got to UGA in 2006. They have only beaten UGA twice since then - in 2010 they were cheating and in 2013 they needed a miracle play from a traitor UGA player who ended up enrolling at Auburn the following season.

Put plainly - Auburn sucks.

Georgia, on the other hand, is the greatest University in the entire Universe, and the #1 ranked college football team in the land as well.

Here is to beating Auburn and moving our focus to the BIG school from across the state line in December!


Auburn infamously turned fire hoses on the Georgia crowd in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1986 after Georgia people stayed in the stands to celebrate a 20-16 upset win over the undefeated Tigers.
  • Game 10: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers
  • Kickoff: Saturday, November 11 - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451) - Auburn, Ala.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 9-0 (6-0 SEC), Auburn 7-2 (5-1 SEC)
  • 2016 Records: Georgia 8-5 (4-4 SEC), Auburn 8-5 (5-3 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #2/2/1, Auburn #10/10/10
  • TV: CBS - Brad Nessler (PxP), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Video Stream:
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 138, XM 190
  • Web Stats: Live Stats
  • Betting Line: UGA -2.5
Georgia 2017 Averages Auburn
36.6 Scoring Offense 36.9
11.7 Scoring Defense 16.9
+3 Turnover Margin +1
445.7 Total Offense 466.1
279.3 Rushing Offense 236.7
166.3 Passing Offense 229.4
7.2 Punt Returns 9.9
24.4 Kickoff Returns 23.9

Game Week Prediction:

For the fifith time this season, (Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida) Georgia fans are wondering if the Dawgs are for real.

We are ranked #1 for a reason. Shake off the PTSD of the Goff/Donnan/Richt years and embrace the fact that we are going to beat the hell out of Auburn.

AJC: Georgia’s success can give Kirby Smart leverage to help program long term

But both Smart and his agent know that a contract and bonuses are just short-term gains. The success of this year means leverage, and it might best be used to strengthen Georgia’s program in the long term.

This should be good news for those of us who find little solace in hearing about the Track and Field teams' success after we lose to Tech in football.
Loran Smith: Georgia will be ready.

This team won’t panic, but it knows to win against a team as good as Auburn, which is playing at home where crowd noise reaches decibels as high as any venue in the SEC, will require two basic things: play a peak game and win the turnover battle.

You could even distill it down to one basic thing - score more points than Auburn.
- With the victory over South Carolina, Georgia improves to 9‐0 overall and 6‐0 in the SEC.

- This marks the first time since 1982 that the Bulldogs are 9‐0 and the seventh time in school history.

- The Bulldogs have a 50‐18‐2 advantage in the series history over USC.

- Scoring Defense: Georgia came in third nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing just 11.9 points a game. The Bulldogs held USC to 10 points.

- Senior ILB Roquan Smith led Georgia with nine stops, including 1.5 sacks, while senior ILB Reggie Carter had seven tackles and a half sack.

- The Bulldogs finished with 438 yards of total offense (242‐rushing, 196‐passing).

- The Bulldogs have now outscored their opponents 97‐17 in the first quarter this year.

- Senior TB Nick Chubb notched his 22nd career game with at least 100 yards rushing as he ended up with 102 on 20 carries plus had his first reception (a 9‐yarder) since the road win versus the Irish.

- For his career, Chubb ranks 5th among all SEC rushers with 4,291 yards.

- Jake Fromm went 16‐for‐22 for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

- Senior WR Terry Godwin caught his second pass of the game but fumbled on the USC 4 yard line in the first quarter. This broke the Bulldogs streak of a perfect 31 straight Red Zone conversions, which led the nation.

- Opponents have forced 11 turnovers and turned them into 31 points while the Bulldogs have forced 14 turnovers and registered 48 points.

- With a 6-0 start in SEC play, Georgia has clinched the Eastern Division title and will make its first appearance in the SEC Championship Game since 2012.

- The Bulldogs have either shared or outright won eight Eastern Division titles and have accumulated 12 SEC titles since 1942.

- This will be the fourth time that Georgia and Auburn meet where both teams are ranked in the top 10.

- However, it will be the first time that the Bulldogs are ranked higher.

- In 1971, #6 Auburn beat #7 Georgia 35-20 in Athens. In 1983, #3 Auburn edged #4 Georgia 13-7 in Athens. Then in 2004, #3 Auburn defeated #8 Georgia 24-6 in Auburn.

- Last year, the unranked Bulldogs upset the #8 Tigers 13-7 in Sanford Stadium.

- With Georgia’s 13-7 win over Auburn in Athens last year, the Bulldogs improved their series lead to 57-55-8.

- The road team has a better record in the series as Georgia is 16-11-2 on the Plains while Auburn is 18-14 in Athens.

Saturday will mark the 121st meeting between Georgia and Auburn, making it the fourth most played active series in the NCAA FBS (also tied with Oregon-Oregon State). The Bulldogs and Tigers first squared off in 1892 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The only event that interrupted the series was a World War as the teams did not play in 1917, 1918 and 1943. Also of note in the series, the all-time point total differential is 112 with Georgia leading 1,953 to 1,841.

The first 10 games were played in Atlanta starting in 1892.

Georgia will be aiming to go 10-0 for the fourth time in school history and first since 1982 when the Bulldogs completed the regular season 11-0.

The other Georgia teams with splendid seasons came in 1946 (11-0) and 1980 (12-0) as they finished undefeated.

- The Georgia series is older than the Georgia-Georgia Tech (109 games) and the Auburn-Alabama series (81 games).

- Auburn and Georgia first met in 1892; each first played its in-state rival in 1893.
My favorite things to hate about Auburn would include:

1. The People. Auburn people are the worst. They are a bunch of toilet paper throwin', player payin', Atlanta-invadin', big screen TV buyin', Cam Newton lovin' folks. 

I have been acquainted with the below Auburn people. Sure I love these people...but I have the suspicion that each and every one of them is lulling me into liking them so that they can find a way to cheat my Dawgs out of some athletic feat somewhere down the road....

You can't fool me, Auburn people!
Ashley Letson

Mark Dodson

Ben Beaty, UGA SID extraordinaire.

Gray Brantley

Hace Cargo, a Georgia fan whose hatred for Auburn makes him worthy of this list

Ben Carter and the entire Carter family of Phenix City, Alabama

Wes Collier

Barbara and Vince Dooley

Jim Fletcher

Callie and Jacob Harcrow

Laura and Bryan Higginbotham

Jim Hutchinson

Rob Lancaster

Matt McGee's sister

Lanier Milner

Charles Milner

The Paffenback Family

Dr. Randy and Pam Webb

2. Cam Newton

Big Kat Bryant Buck 6-5 224 FR Cordele, Ga. (Crisp County)

Noah Igbinoghene WR 5-11 186 FR Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville)

Auburn links to a pronunciation for "Jayvaughn" but not "Igbinoghene"?
Jayvaughn MyersHear how to pronounce Jayvaughn Myers DB 6-1 192 RS FR Dade City, Fla. (Pasco)

Like a double name in a single word.
Kerryon JohnsonHear how to pronounce Kerryon Johnson RB 6-0 212 JR Huntsville, Ala. (Madison Academy)

This Kerryon is about to be checked at the gate - AMIRITE?
JaTarvious Whitlow WR 6-0 216 FR LaFayette, Ala. (LaFayette)

JA - TAR - VI - OUS. Killer name.
Sage LedbetterHear how to pronounce Sage Ledbetter K 6-0 181 RS FR Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)

Total loser.
Tanner Dean LB 6-3 202 FR Birmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook)

"Tanner Dean - drop by the Summit fo your momma one time to pick up sumathem organic foods wouldya?" - Tammy Dean. Tanner's mom. Mountain Brook by way of Sylucalga.
Tre' Threat LB 6-1 244 SO Mobile, Ala. (Spanish Fort)

Brodarious Hamm OL 6-5 344 FR Griffin, Ga. (Spalding)

What a Bro. What a Ham. What a Brodarius Hamm.
Jaunta'vius JohnsonHear how to pronounce Jaunta DL 6-2 324 SO Lincoln, Ala. (Lincoln)

This is what you name your baby after they kick Jaundice's ass after a few hours under the vitamin D lamp. 
Prince Micheal Sammons OL 6-7 292 RS FR Blanchester, Ohio (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy)

There can only be one Prince. And he ain't from Blanchester. 

We are 40-15-4 so far (67%), and 7-4 (DAMMIT BOBO!) last week! How bout this Dawg bay-bay?!

North Carolina at Pittsburgh (-9.5) - Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 PM ET

UNC's season is in shambles - and it's hard to dig deep on a Thursday night game in Pittsburgh

Duke at Army (+3) - Sat, Nov 11, 12:00 PM ET

Easy to pull for Army!

Florida at South Carolina (-7)- Sat, Nov 11, 12:00 PM ET

This game means a lot to SC, and not a lot to UF. Throw in a noon kick and this should not even be a two possession game.

#12 Michigan State +15.5 at #13 Ohio State - Sat, Nov 11, 12:00 PM ET

OSU is coming off a humiliating loss - their season is over. MSU has a hot hand. MSU keeps it close if not wins outright.

#17 Virginia Tech -3 at Georgia Tech - Sat, Nov 11, 12:20 PM ET 

Tech is getting worse as this season wears on.

#1 Georgia -2.5 at #10 Auburn - Sat, Nov 11, 3:30 PM ET

Going to be a bloodbath. Auburn fans will be on their phones designing new monogram decals for their cars by the third quarter.

Kentucky +2.5 at Vanderbilt - Sat, Nov 11, 4:00 PM ET

Easy money here. 

#2 Alabama -14 at #16 Mississippi State - Sat, Nov 11, 7:00 PM ET

Bama is going to destroy this team after a mediocre outing against LSU last week. 

Tennessee at Missouri -10.5 - Sat, Nov 11, 7:30 PM ET

Mizzou can score. Tennessee is a dead team walking. 10 points should not be an issue.

#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma -6.5 - Sat, Nov 11, 8:00 PM ET

Gut feeling on OU here - but these Big XII games are usually won by at least a TD

TCU at Oklahoma OVER 62.5

Both teams will score 33 at least.

#3 Notre Dame -3 at #7 Miami - Sat, Nov 11, 8:00 PM ET

Wouldn't mind seeing Richt prove me wrong, but we all know how these games can go with him.

Luke Murdock "Mack" Bayer
Born September 29, 2017 at Northside Hospital to Luke and Hillary Bayer
9lb 6oz 23"

"Duke is 0-4 since his birth but we're going to keep him."
Robert Clifton Cargo

3 lbs, 8 oz. 16 inches, Born at Piedmont Hospital to Hace and Sally Cargo

Clifton decided to Attack the Day at 31 weeks so he spent 40 days at Piedmont chopping wood and flirting with the nurses. After making his Sanford Stadium debut last week for the USC game he's now learning to enjoy one of his dad's favorite traditions: hating Auburn. 
Robert Easley Hooff, Jr.

Born: 9/30/2017 at Northside Hospital to Easley and Lia Hoff
Birth Height: 20”, Birth Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz
Bench: 15 lbs max, but repped 5 lbs a Thomas Brown-esque 25 times
40 Time: 4.5 seconds across the play-mat, but his in-game speed is way faster
Position: Currently projects as a heady strong safety, but needs to fill out his frame.  Based on speed and pedigree, could potentially move down into the box as he displays a preference for run stopping over ball skills.  Never out of position/coach on the field etc. etc.
Consensus Ranking: No doubter 5-Star *****
Recruiting Status: Patiently waiting for an offer from Coach Smart, and would commit on the spot.  Both Mom and Dad are Dawgs, and want him to stay close to home. 
Notes: Has yet to witness the Dawgs do anything but demolish opponents.  Refuses to believe any other outcome is possible.   
In all seriousness, we are very excited to welcome Easley, Jr. to the world!  Hope to see all PMGN friends at a game in the near future.  Go Dawgs! - Easley Sr.
UGA enrollment (37,606) up sharply to new record

UGA added 1,032 new students this year, more than enough to fill a big new student housing development that opened downtown.

With one of UGA’s high-rise residence halls closed this year for renovations, the university had nearly 1,000 fewer beds for students. The university spent more than $400,000 in a program that gave students money if they agreed to back out of housing contracts they’d signed with the university...

....Only one university, Georgia Tech (enrollment - 29,369), added a larger number of students than UGA

Chick-fil-A builds “Rivalry Restaurant” near state line for Auburn/UGA game

Chick-fil-A will be opening a “Rivalry Restaurant” near the Georgia/Alabama state line on Saturday, November 11 for “The South’s Oldest Rivalry.”

Starting at 12:30 p.m. ET the restaurant will be offering free food, customized mini-cows, face painting, a viewing of the game and much more all free of charge.

The restaurant will be a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the game.

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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