Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Dogs Need to Reverse Recent History; the Home Team Has Had Trouble Winning in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Dogs Need to Reverse Recent History; the Home Team Has Had Trouble Winning in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry

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Byline: MARC WEISZER

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia ruined Auburn's national title hopes last season. The Tigers can return the favor Saturday by dimming Georgia's hopes for an SEC East title.

"Last year, they disappointed our season," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "I just got through talking about it, matter of fact. It's hard to forget those type [of games]."

Unranked Georgia routed fifth-ranked Auburn 37-15 last season to snap out of a funk in which it lost four of five games.

"Georgia came in and hit us from play one and never let up," Tuberville said.

Tenth-ranked Georgia (7-2, 4-2 SEC) now needs to beat No. 18 Auburn (7-3, 4-2 SEC) in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. CBS game at Sanford Stadium to remain in the hunt for the Eastern Division title.

Since 1996, the higher-ranked team in the series has gone 4-7, including losses each of the last two years.

"Because the game is set late in the year, I think there's been times where we've spoiled their party and there's been times when they've spoiled our party over the years," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

If Georgia is going to continue in its chase to make it to the conference title game in Atlanta, it will need to buck history - recent and not-so-recent -in the Deep South's oldest rivalry.

The Bulldogs, who remain 10th in the latest BCS standings, haven't taken victories against Florida and Auburn in the same season since 1982, a fact Richt will be sure to remind his team.

"I know that it has been an awful long time since we've beaten Florida and Auburn in the same year," Richt said.

The visitors feel right at home in the other's home stadium when the Bulldogs and Tigers get together.

Auburn is 18-9 in Athens. Georgia is 13-9-2 in Auburn.

"It's had a lot of history of the visiting team winning," Richt said. "We'd like to stop that from happening. …

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