The Auburn-Georgia game is the oldest rivalry in the South. The Dawgs need a win on Saturday to even up the series record, and more importantly, clinch a spot in the SEC title game. With an SEC division title on the line Saturday, the Dawgs don't need any motivation against Auburn. Said quarterback Aaron Murray,"There's just a buzz going around the Butts-Mehre building right now. Guys are excited to know that we put all this time and work in since January, and we're just one game away from getting to Atlanta and competing for an SEC Championship." Said head coach Mark Richt,"We have one more opportunity to play in league play, and get our record to 7-1, and give us a chance to go back to Atlanta."
But will Georgia take Auburn lightly? The Tigers are 2-7 this year and 0-6 in the SEC. Said Richt,"Just our league itself. There's truly a very, very fine line between winning and losing. Auburn basically had LSU on the ropes. It was 10-9 for a lot of that game. LSU's style of play is to go try to bloody your nose, and see if you can stand it for 60 minutes. Auburn gave them all they wanted on defense."
So throw out the records with Georgia and Auburn and expect a few bloody noses. Said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik,"But when you play in rivalry games like this that have been going on this long, there's just so much involved with the game, regardless of where each team is at. Just makes for a great game. Our guys are going to be excited just because it's Georgia." Said Richt,"How many times has Auburn ruined it for Georgia? How many times has Georgia ruined it for Auburn? It has been happening for years. It's probably why we don't like each other very much." Said Chizik,"It's going to be a great night game. I want to encourage all the fans to come out." Said Richt,"There will be tremendous emotion." Added Chizik,"It's a great challenge for us obviously. What Georgia has to play for coming in here." Said Richt,"We've got to be ready for a battle. It's just the way it is."