Winning a bunch of games in a row over a rival can be fun stuff.
Georgia running back Washaun Ealey stretches the ball across the goal line to score a touchdown in last season’s win against Auburn. The Bulldogs have beaten Auburn four times in a row and seeks a fifth consecutive win on Saturday.
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville wore a “Fear the Thumb” T-shirt during a bowl trip to Orlando in 2005 referring to the Tigers’ needing one more win for five straight against arch rival Alabama.
Georgia gets its shot for five in a row Saturday against No. 2 Auburn on the Plains.
“I don’t know if coach (Mark) Richt would do anything like that, but winning five would be a huge accomplishment,” Georgia senior offensive lineman Clint Boling said.
Historically, the Georgia-Auburn series – the Deep South’s oldest rivalry, dating back to 1892 – is about as close as can be.
Auburn holds a 53-52-8 series lead, but Georgia has outscored Auburn 1,778 points to 1,722.
Georgia hasn’t won five in a row in the series since 1944-48, but the Bulldogs (5-5) will head to Auburn (10-0) knowing they are the ones who have owned the series of late, even if the Tigers are the team this year and still in the thick of the national title race.
“That is a little hope margin,” fifth-year senior linebacker Darryl Gamble said. “They are undefeated and we’re not. I guess they have a little confidence themselves just by having the high rank that they do.”
“The history is the past. It’s all what’s going to happen this Saturday, not about what happened in the past.”
Georgia doesn’t have a player on its roster who has ever lost to Auburn and its seniors hope to end their careers that way.
“All of us have a chance to go out having never lost to Auburn, even that ’06 class,” Boling said. “It would be a big accomplishment to go all the way through Georgia never having lost to them.
The Tigers have one player who was on the 2005 team that was the last to beat Georgia – sixth-year senior safety Aairon Savage from Albany – who sustained an ankle injury this year against Arkansas and won’t play Saturday. He redshirted as a freshman when Auburn edged Georgia 31-30 in Athens.
Auburn senior running back Mario Fannin – a Hampton, Ga., native who played at Lovejoy High School – has 12 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia and rushed for another score. He doesn’t want to end his Tigers career 0-for against his home-state school
“It will be a big deal,” Fannin said. “That’s something we understand as seniors. We haven’t had a chance to beat Georgia. We’ve came close a couple of times, but we just kind of fell short. We’ve got to make sure we dot our I’s and cross our T’s to make sure we come out on top this time. … To come out with a win and finally beat Georgia senior year would be big.”
The Bulldogs had lost three of five to the Tigers under Richt before true freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Bulldogs upset No. 5 Auburn 37-15 in 2006.
“I do take that win, I was scout team,” fifth-year senior defensive end Demarcus Dobbs said. “It is a big deal. There’s a lot of history between these two teams. To go out saying you never lost to Auburn is a good feeling, especially with them being ranked so high and having a national championship caliber-type team. It’s something to hang your hat on if you were to win the game.”