Auburn Opponent Preview: Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia returns to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a renewal of the SEC's oldest football rivalry.

Mark Richt has a 136-48 record as head football coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of previews of Auburn’s 2015 football opponents.

The 119th edition of the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” will take place with Auburn and Georgia possibly vying for the top spot within their divisions given the teams’ preseason outlooks.

Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville and plays host to Kentucky before traveling to the Plains. If the Bulldogs were to make the Nov. 14 meeting with the Tigers atop the East standings, a win for the Dawgs would clinch the division and send Georgia to the SEC Championship Game for the third time in five years.

The breakout star for Coach Mark Richt’s team in the SEC last season was none other than running back Nick Chubb. Filling in for a suspended and later injured Todd Gurley, he ran through opposing fronts with ease.

Nick Chubb is one of the top returning players in the SEC.

The freshman posted very impressive numbers, rushing for a team-high 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. Chubb’s performance earned him Freshman All-American and All-SEC status. Even more will be expected of him now that he is the leading man as a sophomore.

Ramik Wilson is one of UGA's top defensive players.

The Bulldogs lose two veteran inside linebackers in Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson, who combined for 225 tackles last season. The outside linebackers return, however. Junior Leonard Floyd (55 tackles, six sacks) and senior Jordan Jenkins (69 tackles, five sacks) might have to pay a loitering fee for the amount of time each will probably spend in opposing backfields. Floyd, in particular, has NFL scouts salivating at his pass-rushing ability.

This matchup is almost guaranteed to get blood boiling as the recent games in the series have turned a normally friendly rivalry into a heated affair. This year could be one of the most intense, especially if the preseason prognosticators are correct in both teams winning their divisions. We could see the Auburn-Georgia game contested in the Georgia Dome with the SEC Championship on the line for the first time. The game in Auburn could turn out to be simply “Part 1.”

Top Offensive Player: Sophomore Running Back Nick Chubb

Top Defensive Player: Junior Linebacker Leonard Floyd

Quick Fact: In the 14 seasons Mark Richt has coached Georgia, the Bulldogs have finished no lower than third in the SEC East. The team has finished first or tied for first six times, second or tied for second four times and third or tied for third four times as well.

2014 Results: 10-3 (6-2 SEC)

2015 Schedule:

Sept. 5--Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia
Sept. 12--Georgia at Vanderbilt
Sept. 19--South Carolina at Georgia
Sept. 26--Southern at Georgia
Oct. 3--Alabama at Georgia
Oct. 10--Georgia at Tennessee
Oct. 17--Missouri at Georgia
Oct. 31--Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Nov. 7--Kentucky at Georgia
Nov. 14--Georgia at Auburn
Nov. 21--Georgia Southern at Georgia
Nov. 28--Georgia at Georgia Tech

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