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INSIDE THE AUBURN TIGERS
Auburn vs. Georgia
What to Watch
As Auburn and Georgia resume the SEC's oldest football rivalry, Tiger
partisans hope the unusual trend of a road team victory continues for at
least one more season. Auburn has won on 14 of its 22 trips to Sanford
Stadium in Athens. Georgia has done very well at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where
the Bulldogs have a 10-7-2 mark since the game was moved from Memorial
Stadium in Columbus, Ga., to the campus sites in 1959.
Auburn leads the overall series 47-45-8, but fell last season 56-49 in the
strangest game of the year. That contest went into four overtimes. The odds
of that happening again are not very high. As the Tigers and Bulldogs get
it on for the 101st time, here is What to Watch:
Will Auburn find its missing offense? After being bageled for the first
time in the Terry Bowden Era, the Tigers will try to rediscover the formula
for putting the football into the end zone against the Bulldogs. Early in
the season Auburn was struggling with its running game while more than
making up for the problems with a good aerial performance. Since putting up
49 points against Louisiana Tech, conqueror of the Crimson Tide, the Auburn
offense has scored only two touchdowns.
How will Auburn deal with Georgia's Big Three on offense? Robert Edwards
has taken his play at tailback to a higher level and looks to be a certain
NFL standout. Hines Ward continues to shine as an SEC star. He does
everything but sell popcorn when the Bulldogs tee it up. Running, passing,
receiving or returning, Ward is the real deal. Quarterback Mike Bobo has
emerged as one of the top players in the SEC this season after bouncing
back from major injury problems that slowed his collegiate development.
Brother Oliver is impressed. His troops will have to be on their A+ game to
slow down the Bulldogs.
This is a weekend for scoreboard watching. Auburn needs Mississippi State
to lose a game. The first opportunity for that to happen is Saturday
against Bama in Tuscaloosa. That game should be over before Auburn kicks
off and a Tide victory would give the Tigers a chance to control their own
destiny in a quest for the SEC West title.