Auburn Football: Georgia Q&A With Dawn of the Dawg


The ninth ranked Auburn football team will travels to Athens this week for a rivalry showdown with the 15th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. As we look ahead to the game, we sat down with Michael Collins, the editor at Dawn of the Dawg (@DawnOfTheDawg on Twitter), the Georgia fan site on the Fansided network.

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Michael was kind enough to answer some of our questions in regards to this weekend’s game. He had some questions for us as well.

Fly War Eagle: It’s been an up-and-down season for the Georgia Bulldogs. What is the mindset of the fan base sitting at 7-2 (5-2) and 2nd place in the SEC East?

Dawn of the Dawg: It depends on which fans you talk to. There is a very definite divide in fans who want to lay all the blame for another “could have been” season on Mark Richt, and then others who just look at it as some bad breaks. But overall, I think most fans still think Georgia will win the east, maybe not so much out of confidence in the Bulldogs, but lack of confidence that Missouri will continue to win.

F.W.E.: Last year’s edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry was one of the greatest in the history of the series, but it was a heartbreaker for Georgia fans to say the least. Care to share any thoughts on last year’s game and how it impacts the way the fan base looks at this year’s matchup?

DOTD: Honestly, most Georgia fans (and others around the country) look at Auburn’s run to the national title game as nothing but pure luck. I’ve said it before, I don’t think Nick Marshall is that talented of a quarterback. He’s the king of desperation heaves that should fall harmlessly to the ground, but end up as 6 on the scoreboard. The luck seems to have continued for much of this season, but has apparently run out as of the TAMU game.

F.W.E. We know Todd Gurley returns this week from his four-game suspension, and everyone knows how good he is, but Nick Chubb has been phenomenal. What can you tell us about the young freshman?

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  • DOTD: Everyone knew both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were going to be very special players, but I don’t know that we thought they’d be called into service this quickly. Gurley is a once-in-a-lifetime type player, who can just do things that nobody else can do, while Chubb is just your run of the mill future first round draft pick. He’s everything you could want in a player – talented, hard working, humble, and durable.

    F.W.E.: Of course, Chubb isn’t the only newcomer that’s made an impact for the Bulldogs. Who are some of the new names on the roster we need to know before Saturday?

    DOTD: RB Sony Michel is another very special freshman, but he is questionable for this game right now with an ankle injury. Freshman tight end Jeff Blazevich has been making a big name for himself as the season has progressed, and freshman LB Lorenzo Carter has his best game against Kentucky last week. Of course, the human joystick, WR/KR Isaiah McKenzie is always a threat for a big play.

    F.W.E.: These two teams are often very evenly matched, and this year is no exception. Care to make a prediction of the outcome?

    DOTD: Georgia wins in a 54-49 shootout, with both teams amassing over 350 yards rushing each.

    Thanks Michael. We look forward to a great game Saturday.

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