Auburn and Georgia will kickoff Saturday night for the 133rd time in a battle between border states and teams with more ties to and bad blood between one another than Michael Myers' family in Haddonfield, Illinois.
This game is part of what Auburn coach (and Georgia grad) Pat Dye called "Amen Corner" because of it's traditional place near the end of the season for both teams. Auburn holds a 53-51-8 lead in the series. However, Georgia has won five of the last seven meetings between the two squads.
What does this rivalry mean? In terms of the SEC, it hasn't decided much of anything as neither team has knocked the other one out of contention when one has been in contention for a divisional crowns. In terms of recruiting, that is far more important for Auburn which has recruited some solid talent for it's nearest neighbor state and done quite well with those players. For Georgia, it's about keeping those guys in state more than raiding Alabama's recruiting grounds.
What will it mean Saturday? Well, for Georgia, it's all about stopping the bleeding from a team loaded with talent (if you believe in recruiting rankings) which has grossly underachieved and has missed opportunities to better its record. Georgia's passing game has been good at times (with top SEC WR A.J. Greene) but the running game has lacked punch. Auburn is a team living on smoke, mirrors, and a decent running game which has provided a catalyst for a more balanced offense for the Tigers. Both defenses have been leaking sieves all year. This one may light up the scoreboard which follows a recent trend in the series where point totals have been more up than down.
For Auburn and Gene Chizik, this is a statement game. A win here gives the new Tigers' coaching staff two big wins over better-than-average SEC East opponents and gives credibility to the new staff's plan and execution.
For Georgia, this one is about maintaining recent dominance over its oldest foe and proving to the uneasy fan base and power brokers that Mark Richt and Co. still have the "it" quality that made him a solid hire in 2001.
The winner of this game won't play for a championship this season, but the direction of either program can be gauged by how each performs Saturday night.
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