The No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the No. 10 ranked Auburn Tigers. Below find game time, TV channel and online information for the game.
Georgia is coming off a 24-10 win over South Carolina this past weekend, while Auburn beat Texas A&M 42-27. Georgia won last year’s game in Athens, winning 13-8.
Heading to locker room
No way to sugarcoat this game. And you can read below for all the ugly reasons for this ugly. (As I’m typing this Auburn is scoring again and extending the lead to 40-10).
The question now turns to how damaging this is to Georgia’s playoff hopes. As good as the Bulldogs have been this season when it comes to the eye test, that same measure reversed itself tonight.
If Georgia can get off the mat, win its next two games and then win the SEC championship – which will be against either Alabama or Auburn, it must be stipulated now – then the Bulldogs may still well make the playoff. It was always assumed a 12-1 SEC champion would make it, but now Georgia has this lopsided loss on the resume’, so some will argue against it.
I’m betting that wouldn’t be the case. There are still too many other teams out there struggling. Georgia’s goals are probably … probably … still ahead of it. That’s the only thing I can really say now to make anyone feel better.
That, and it had been a great season to this point, and Georgia is still going to the SEC championship game, with a chance to at minimum win that title. Tonight doesn’t change that.
The story of the game
The line of scrimmage: Georgia has been dominated on both sides.
Georgia hasn’t been able to run the ball: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are averaging 2.4 yards per carry. The stat of the game so far: Auburn has more points (33) than Georgia has rushing yards (23).
It can’t protect Jake Fromm, who has been sacked four times for a total of 37 lost yards.
Auburn has been able to run the ball very well: Kerryon Johnson has 150 yards on 29 carries (5.2 npc) while Eli Stove has 55 yards on four carries.
Jake Fromm’s day
My colleague Chip Towers just leaned over and observed about Fromm: “He’s just a little late on his throws.” That was after a second down attempt to D’Andre Swift was knocked away.
Chip’s exactly right. All season Fromm had seemed great at anticipating on those throws, perfectly in sync with his receivers and passing it at the perfect time.
But in this game there have been a lot of pass break-ups, the pass arriving just as the defender is getting there.
Fromm enters the fourth quarter 7-for-16 for 133 yards. He’s depended on Javon Wims making some great moves with the ball in the air to haul down three catches for 96 yards.
It also doesn’t help that he’s had so much less time to throw. And there’s no running game to lean on.
Finally, an answer, sort of
Rodrigo Blankenship with the 47-yard field goal, and Georgia now trails 30-10. So it’s a three-possession game, at least, with plenty of time still left: 5:23 left in the third quarter.
But Georgia needs to put up more points and quickly if it wants to start getting in the head of Auburn and its home crowd.
The defense also needs a stop here, and quickly.
Javon Wims, by the way, is a bright spot for Georgia today, as his 38-yard catch on that drive made the field goal even possible. Wims now has three catches for 98 yards, as he’s putting on a great display of following the ball in the air and making catches.
Most points scored on Georgia this season
It had been 28 by Missouri, in a game Georgia still won by 25.
But Auburn now has a 30-7 lead with 8:12 left in the game.
Georgia’s defense had only given up six points in the third quarter all year. Now it’s given up 14 points in less than seven minutes of this third quarter.
They were short fields against the defense, but still.
Georgia coming unglued
That’s harsh but no other way to say it right now: When one of your team leaders is doing something to draw an unsportsmanlike penalty … yeesh.
Sony Michel evidently said something downfield after Georgia’s punt, and the 15-yard penalty send the ball to Georgia’s 34. Even better field position for Auburn as it tries to add to a 23-7 lead.
That’s four 15-yard penalties on Georgia today: Michel’s penalty, leaping on D’Andre Walker on the Auburn punt, a late hit against Malkom Parrish and punt catch interference against Jayson Stanley.
A mistake, and a larger deficit
For everything that went wrong for Georgia in the first half, a turnover wasn’t one of them. Then it happened almost right away in the second half.
Mecole Hardman muffed a punt catch, after calling for a fair catch, and Auburn recovered at the Georgia 23. A few plays later Jarrett Stidham executed a great QB keeper and Auburn extended the lead to 23-7.
Obviously that’s precisely what couldn’t happen for the Bulldogs to open this half, and the onus is very much on the offense right now.
Hardman’s muff came after Georgia had seemingly gotten a break, a third-down conversion by Auburn overruled upon review. Auburn almost got the play off before the review, but the officials beat them to it. And upon review the ball was on the ground while the receiver was trying to complete the catch.
Halftime: Seven thoughts
1. Georgia’s opening-game drive, and Jake Fromm’s brilliant third-down throw to extend it, seems a long time ago. Very little has gone right for the Bulldogs since then, and they find themselves with their largest deficit of the season. Auburn is outgaining Georgia by a 200-105 margin. And a potential momentum-helping field goal try by Rodrigo Blankenship at the end of the half, from a makable 42 yards, was wide right.
2. Just imagine how dire it would seem for Georgia if its defense hadn’t held firm in the red zone twice. The Bulldogs have been very good on third down, getting off the field five out of seven times. Otherwise, though, Auburn is moving the ball well.
3. Georgia’s lack of discipline has been brutal. The leaping call against on the Auburn punt is responsible for seven points alone. Georgia has five penalties for 55 yards, on track to be the most penalized its been since the Notre Dame game – which had this same officiating crew, by the way.
4. It hasn’t been a good first half for the offensive play calling. Jim Chaney dialed up a flea flicker on the most recent drive, on first down after Javon Wims’ improbable 30-yard pass had finally put the Bulldogs in business. It didn’t work, and set the Bulldogs back for the rest of the series. There was also the third-and-1 call when Georgia went shot-gun, and Sony Michel was stopped short.
5. The thinking going into the game was Auburn could pass the ball against Georgia’s defense but would struggle to run. It’s actually been the reverse: Kerryan Johnson is averaging 5.1 yards a rush. Jarrett Stidham does have 125 passing yards, but 42 of the have come on one play, while the rest of the time he’s only averaging 4.9 yards per attempt.
6. Georgia, meanwhile, can’t run the ball at all: Nick Chubb is averaging 2.7 yards per carry and Sony Michel is averaging 1.9. D’Andre Swift hasn’t touched the ball yet.
7. So this is turning into the game that critics had wondered about, whether Jake Fromm could carry the team in a game he had to pass the ball. Fromm didn’t have a great first half, other than the great opening drive. He only completed one more pass the rest of the half, and that was mostly Javon Wims making a great play to wrangle the 30-yard completion. Three sacks haven’t helped Fromm’s cause either.
Final thought: We’re about to find out about this Georgia football team, whether it’s a team of destiny that can climb back from a tough road deficit, or whether it’s finally met its match. The Notre Dame game should provide some hope, as Georgia trailed four different times that game. But not by more than one possession. How much magic do Fromm and company have? And can this team regroup and rally? There’s precedent for coming back on Auburn. Let’s see.
Georgia’s biggest deficit of season
The most Georgia had trailed was by 7 at Notre Dame. Georgia hadn’t even trailed in any game since then.
Now Auburn leads 16-7, though with plenty of time left.
I’m stealing that phrase from Pat Forde of Yahoo, who just tweeted it out. It fits well.
Auburn now leads 16-7 after a great pass-and-catch, a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham to Darius Slayton. It was made possible by a really costly penalty by Georgia.
Georgia’s third 15-yard penalty of the first half, the leaping call against D’Andre Walker, extends the drive for Auburn, which had punted away after a three-and-out. That was after a 15-yard catch interference when Georgia infringed on the punt.
It’s very uncharacteristic for the Bulldogs, who have been much more disciplined this season.
That was not the first such roughing-the-punter in the career of Walker, a junior. It’s happened before. He is a very talented and athletic player but has been prone to penalties like that. Kirby Smart was giving him a tongue-lashing afterwards.
Shotgun on third-and-1?
I’ve never really liked that. And that last Georgia play was why.
Sony Michel was stopped behind the line of scrimmage, and Georgia has to punt, ruining what had bee a drive with good field position.
Then a few players give Auburn some breathing space with punt catch interference, a 15-yard penalty that pushes the ball out to the 30.
Georgia now has four penalties for 40 yards.
Roquan Smith with a …
Potential game-turning play on Auburn’s first play of that drive. Auburn tried a reverse screen to Devan Barrett, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Smith, and usually Smith wins those battles, and he did there. That forced Auburn into a second-and-12.
Two plays later D’Andre Walker got the sack as Georgia pushed the pocket on third down.
If Smith doesn’t make that play and Barrett gets loose, who knows what happens on that drive, especially with Auburn having all the momentum.
Georgia’s defense is also playing well on third down, especially in passing situations: Auburn is 2-for-6.
Will that haunt Georgia?
Riley Ridley couldn’t hold onto a deep ball that also had the potential to be a long touchdown pass. Three plays later Georgia is punting after a three-and-out that ended with a sack.
Ridley got open downfield after the Auburn defender on him slipped around midfield. That left Ridley wide open as Fromm passed it, an it could have been a Georgia touchdown and lead. But whether Fromm overthrew it or Ridley didn’t play the ball well, or both, the result was an incompletion.
That’s two sacks on third down against Georgia’s offensive line. All the momentum is with Auburn right now, and the only reason the game is this close is Georgia holding firm in the red zone the last couple times.
Georgia trails …
… For the first time in over two months, since the Notre Dame game, another team has a lead on Georgia.
Auburn has taken a 9-7 lead on Daniel Carlson’s third field goal of the game.
That ends a streak of seven games in which Georgia was tied or ahead in every game. Notre Dame had a 19-17 lead on Georgia in the fourth quarter back on Sept. 9 before Rodrigo Blankenship’s game-winning field goal.
More worrisome for Georgia, its defense is giving up too much yardage – 78 on that drive – and the offense has stalled the last two drives.
The Bulldogs also haven’t been as disciplined, with three penalties for 25 yards, including a late hit on Malkom Parrish that helped move the ball downfield that drive.
Mecole Hardman …
… Keeps looking close to breaking one. He hasn’t yet, but he set up Georgia with a 47-yarder on that return.
Georgia’s offense couldn’t do anything with it, however, with Jake Fromm’s third d0won pass to Isaac Nauta being knocked away.
But the ensuing punt pinned Auburn inside the 10, so that was another result of Hardman’s return. Special teams continues to be a success for Georgia this season.
Georgia defense bends but again doesn’t break
It’s early, but right now this looks like is going to be a back-and-forth slobberknocker.
Georgia’s defense has held a second straight drive, this time in the red zone, again leading to a Daniel Carlson field goal. Georgia clings to a 7-6 lead with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
Auburn is getting some traction offensively through the running game, which is a mild surprise. And Jarrett Stidham has escaped some pressure a few times, but only has 26 passing yards.
Auburn also is calling some trick plays at weird times, and neither has worked. It was like Gus Malzahn had them in the plan and didn’t deviate from them when they should have. No complains on that from Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker.
Nick Chubb passes Bo Jackson
Chubb needed 13 yards to pass Jackson on the SEC all-time rushing list. And Chubb did it on the previous drive. He now has 14 yards.
Chubb is now fourth all-time in the SEC, with 4,305 rushing yards. Next up is Kevin Faulk (LSU, 1995-98) who had 4,557.
This time …
The pass protection can’t hold long enough. Right tackle Andrew Thomas, the freshman who’s had a pretty good year, gets beat by Jeff Holland, the Auburn outside linebacker who’s had a really good year.
It comes on third-and-long, and Georgia has to punt.
The good news for Georgia on that drive, as well as the previous one: It’s getting a good push by the O-line on running plays. Nick Chubb got 6 and then 5 yards on plays up the middle where there wasn’t a hole, but he just kept going before being tackled.
Georgia defense holds Auburn …
To a long field goal. Daniel Carlson showed why he’s one of the nation’s best, booting a 54-yarder, and like it was no big deal.
Still, a good finish to the drive by the Georgia defense. Auburn’s offense moved into Georgia territory, but two straight good coverage plays by the Georgia secondary stalled the drive.
Auburn had two 19-yard plays on the drive, one on a roll-out pass and the other when Kerryan Johnson took a direct snap and found the edge.
Great start for Fromm and Georgia
And again it was spurred by a big third down throw from Fromm.
First series. Georgia got very little the first two plays. And on third down Auburn had a man coming up the middle right at Fromm. But Fromm stood in the pocket. Javon Wims was in single coverage down the left side, Fromm got the pass off, Wis saw the pass coming, and made the catch for a 28-yard gain.
One play later Fromm had all the time in the world and hit Terry Godwin wide open for another long gain, this time 26 yards down.
Three plays later Nick Chubb takes a direct snap and punches it in, and Georgia has a 7-0 lead.
That’s a great momentum turner right away for the Bulldogs. This crowd is very into it, and that kind of big third-down play has a way of deflating the crowd and the home team, and reminding the offense and Georgia how well it’s played this year, and that this game may not be any different.
Georgia football-Auburn football: Live updates
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What time is the Georgia-Auburn football game?
Time: The Georgia-Auburn game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: The Georgia-Auburn game is set to be played in Jordan-Hare Stadium, in Auburn, Ala.
Odds: Georgia is a -2.5 favorite over Auburn.
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Georgia football-Auburn football preview
This year the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry has ramifications well beyond the Southeastern Conference. This year it’s one of the biggest games of the season.
The No. 1 Bulldogs and No. 10 Tigers both have College Football Playoff aspirations, although Georgia’s path is a lot more clear. According to FiveThirtyEight’s model, Georgia will have a 70 percent to make the CFP if it beats Auburn. Those chances drop to 42 percent with a loss on the Plains. To put it another way, a win over Auburn leaves open the possibility Georgia can qualify for the CFP even with a loss in the SEC Championship Game.
The situation is more dire for Auburn. It’s pretty much do or die. The Tigers are a long shot to make the CFP. But with Georgia and Alabama still on the schedule — plus another game with Georgia in the SEC Championship should it win out in the regular season — Auburn has enough quality opponents left on its schedule to become the first two-loss team to qualify for the CFP if it can win out.
On paper, Auburn is as good a matchup for the Dawgs as any team they’ve faced this season. Georgia is favored, but barely, rolling into Auburn as a 2 1/2-point road favorite. Both teams have the talent and toughness to win this game and it could go either way. Georgia may be a slight favorite, but a hostile Jordan-Hare Stadium packed full of Tigers fans who know how much is at stake will make for a rowdy atmosphere and a dangerous Auburn team.
Although this has all the making of a tight game, most college football media members whose picks I aggregated picked Georgia to win. Nine out of 12 (including two analytics), in fact, picked Georgia to win the game.
“Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm will make some clutch throws against Auburn’s defensive backs and Tigers coach Gus Malzahn’s play-calling issues will creep up in the second half to cost the Tigers a shot at the SEC West, SEC title and a berth in the College Football Playoff,” Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports wrote.
Alex Scarborough of ESPN picked Georgia because he believes Auburn will find it difficult to move the ball on a staunch Bulldogs defense.
“Some of the jet sweeps and horizontal running that worked against A&M just aren’t going to fly against Georgia,” he wrote. “That front seven is too good and too athletic. Besides, I don’t see Auburn having the difference-makers at receiver to keep the defense honest. I think this is a low-scoring game in which Auburn’s offense has trouble moving the ball consistently and Georgia does just enough to pull out a tough road win.”
As Bill Connelly of SB Nation — whose analytical concoction S&P+ is predicting a Georgia victory — noted, Auburn’s success or failure making big pass plays could be the key to the game. Missouri is Georgia’s only opponent to score more than 20 points against the Bulldogs, and it averaged 16.9 yards per completion and had two touchdown passes of 63 yards in a loss. But opponents that aren’t Mizzou are averaging only 8.7 yards per completion against the Dawgs. Auburn must closer to the Missouri end of that spectrum to beat Georgia.
[I]n Darius Slayton, Will Hastings, and Nate Craig-Myers (combined: 80 targets, 40 catches, 956 yards), he’s got a nice trio of deep threats. It is imperative that [Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham uses] them.
In the 13 losses since the start of 2015, Auburn has averaged 9.4 or fewer yards per completion six times. Granted, the opponent has had a role to play in that, either via great secondary, effective pass rush, or both. But some risk will probably be required for the Tigers to pull off a huge rivalry win. When a Malzahn offense goes into a shell, wins don’t tend to follow.
Below are picks from select college football media members. All these picks are straight up, but some of these media members did include picks against the spread. Check the links included for that info as well as some score predictions.
|Sam Khan Jr.||ESPN||UGA||Joe Tansey||Bleacher Report||UGA|
|Alex Scarborough||ESPN||UGA||Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||UGA|
|Paul Myerberg||USA Today||AUB||Tom Fornelli||CBS Sports||UGA|
|Dan Wolken||USA Today||AUB||Zac Al-Khateeb||Sporting News||UGA|
|Andy Staples||Sports Illustrated||UGA||S&P+||SB Nation||UGA|
|Bruce Feldman||Sports Illustrated||UGA||FPI||ESPN||AUB|