Week 12 in the SEC brings many exciting games, including two matchups between preseason Top 25 teams. Those rankings may be meaningless as it relates to the postseason now and it may not hold up by the time this week rolls around, but it is still indicative of a week full of good games. Out of the entire slate, there is one game likely to bring with it serious championship implications and be the one most fans will want to tune in for.
That game is the Auburn Tigers traveling to Athens and facing off against the rival Georgia Bulldogs. The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will carry with it a little more punch than it has lately due to the events of last season.
Everyone remembers the “Prayer in Jordan-Hare.” Nick Marshall‘s fourth down miracle pass that was tipped and landed in the arms of Ricardo Louis, saving Auburn’s season is one that won’t soon be forgotten. You can bet the Bulldogs will have that play on their minds as this game rolls around. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Bulldogs, as they had the game all but won.
This season, both teams will likely be in contention for their specific divisions as well as the playoff at the end of the season. Much will be at stake as the Tigers roll into Sanford Stadium. As a matter of fact, this could be a preview of the SEC Championship in the Georgia Dome depending on how the rest of the season shakes out. And you can bet this game won’t be a disappointment.
Marshall will roll into town as probably the most unpopular player to play in Athens in a long time. He will be booed at every turn and the Tigers will need to be able to handle a hostile crowd. Expect them to have to deal with a lot of noise throughout the game. It will be important for the offense to start fast and try to take the crowd out of the equation.
On the flip side, the Bulldogs will have to play a much better game defensively than they did a year ago. The story of Georgia’s last several seasons was needing one more stop in a couple of big games and not being able to get it. If the defense can make the necessary adjustments as the season rolls along, Georgia could be in for a special year.
In the end, the crowd and talent the Bulldogs will bring to this game will be too much for the Tigers to handle. Hutson Mason and Todd Gurley lead Georgia to a victory, avenging last year’s loss and possibly clinching the SEC East.
Final Score: Georgia 34, Auburn 30