There’s no doubt Georgia’s Sanford Stadium is one of college football’s great atmospheres. However, its confines haven’t been friendly for UGA so far this season.
The Bulldogs have yet to win an SEC game at home, and Saturday is their last chance to do so. The SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum pointed out earlier in the week that UGA hasn’t been winless in league play at home since 1957, and undoubtedly that’s a mark the Bulldogs would like to avoid.
The fans are hopeful this will be the week that UGA earns its first conference win Between the Hedges and delivers a signature victory for first-year coach Kirby Smart.
A tough opponent stands in the way of the Bulldogs. The challenge isn’t insurmountable – despite the fact that odds makers have made Auburn a heavy favorite.
In fact, CBS sports analyst Gary Danielson thinks UGA might have an advantage against the Tigers because of Smart.
“If I was (Auburn coach) Gus Malzahn, I’d want to play 10 other teams in the SEC rather than Georgia this week,” Danielson said on the SEC on CBS podcast. “I don’t like the fact that Kirby Smart has faced me in big-time pressure games before (as Alabama’s defensive coordinator), I think he’s very attuned how to attack the Auburn offense.”
If that ends up being true then it will be in keeping with the recent trend in this series. The Bulldogs have won 8 of the last 10 vs. Auburn.
Of course, most of those Tigers teams probably weren’t as good as the one visiting Athens, Ga. on Saturday. This one is a legitimate contender to win the SEC and ranked No. 9 by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee as well.
That said, Danielson is probably right to give UGA a chance of winning.
UGA proved it wasn’t giving up on the season last Saturday when it gritted out a tough win against Kentucky, and the fans should help create an intense home field advantage for the Bulldogs.
They haven’t had many reasons to cheer this season, but that could all change Saturday.
One thing’s for sure though: No matter what the final score says — be it a UGA win or another agonizing loss — DawgNation will have all the reaction once its over on the Papa John’s post game show. Make sure to catch it immediately after the game on Facebook Live, and to see a preview of this week’s broadcast, take a look at the video above.