Georgia Football: Is Beating Auburn in Football Even Something We Should Still Celebrate?
First things first, congratulations to the 2017 Georgia Bulldogs. Not only did the Dawgs convincingly win the SEC Championship, but they also (from my estimation) established themselves as the best team in the country.
But is this any sweeter because it happened against Auburn? Meh. I’m not sure. I mean the revenge factor matters, and Kirby still hasn’t lost back-to-back outings against a single opponent. But I don’t know that this is anymore special because it’s Auburn.
As I pointed out on Friday, Georgia pretty much always beats Auburn. That’s what we should expect. Since 2006, Georgia is 10-3 in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. This 21-point win was only the Dawgs 6th-most lopsided win over the Tigers. Georgia has beaten Auburn in each of the past four years.
Honestly, getting past Florida was a bigger deal this year. Getting McElwain fired was huge. Crushing Tennessee was epic. Beating a team like Mississippi State was actually awesome, because the Bulldogs don’t get to beat Mississippi State every single year (like they do Auburn). You could make a case for wins against lowly Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech mattering more in isolation.
Again, this game mattered because it was Georgia’s first SEC Championship in far too long. But did it matter that it was Auburn? I don’t think so.
In any event, most of my thoughts are summed up in this reaction from right after the game. Let’s do some Playoffs.
That’s all I got/