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Monday, November 22, 2010

Ranking the rivalries

There’s a perception outside the region that Georgia’s biggest rival is Georgia Tech. Part of that is because it falls this week, when the other in-state, heated rivalries take place: Alabama-Auburn, Clemson-South Carolina, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, etc.

But as I quickly discovered when I moved to Georgia eight years ago, there are two basic truths when it comes to the status of the Bulldogs’ biggest rival:

1. For most people, it’s Florida.
2. As for who comes second, it depends on where you live, or how well Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina or Tennessee are doing.

So on this week, I’ll throw it open to the gallery: If you had a preference, rank the following teams in order of how much, in an average year, you would rather beat them:

Auburn
Florida
Georgia Tech
South Carolina
Tennessee
Someone else

And … go.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

1. Ga Tech
2. Fla
3. Tenn
4. Auburn
5. S. Car

richmond_dawg said...

For next season:
Florida
Boise State
Tennessee
Georgia Tech
South Carolina
Auburn

Dave said...

1. GT
2. Auburn
3. Florida
4. Clemson
5. Tennessee
6. South Carolina

Peter said...

1-Gators
2-Spurrier
3-Auburn
4-Tech

if Tech wins and I have to hear about it for a year from close friends and family as if it's been a common occurrence, they get bumped up to 1. until all is right with the world.

P.S.

MISTER MAGOO said...

1. Florida
2. Georgia Tech
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina

Anonymous said...

1. Florida
2. Tenn
2a. Auburn
3. S. Carolina
4. Ga. Tech

SCDAWG said...

Florida
South Carolina
Auburn
Georgia Tech
Tennessee

Jack Outlaw said...

1. Florida
2. SC/Tenn
3. Auburn
4. I'm the rare Dawg fan who's 2nd fave is GT however I want UGA to win every year

Cameron said...

Florida
Tech
Auburn
Tennessee
South Carolina

Pl0we said...

1) Florida
2) The Nerds
3) Auburn
4) Tennessee
5) Carolina

GaK9s said...

Old school we always closed with the toughest stretch of rivals on the books... Fla, Awbarn, and Tech. With the league expansion and new 12 game schedules the home stretch has changed a little, but basically remains the same for the Dawgs. While others just close the season with their big rival. Problem is our proximity to everyone so we're everyone else's #1 or #2... SC hates Clemson and Georgia, Fla hates FSU and Georgia, Awbarn hates Alabama and Georgia, Tenn hates Fla, Bama and Georgia, NATS hate Georgia thus why we get everyone's best shot week in and week out.

Back to your original question; grew up in Columbus (30 mins east of awbarn) so mine are:
1. Awbarn
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. NATS

heyberto said...

Florida - I happen to think it will always be at the top as long as they get coaches like Spurrier and Meyer who you just love to hate. Oh yeah, and their fanbase is pretty easy to hate too.

Auburn - The best rivalry, and as our perennial West opponent, you can't deny its place in the annals of Georgia's historic rivals. The one game that it really doesn't matter how good one is and how bad the other is, this game could always go the opposite of how anyone thinks.

Georgia Tech - We are to GT as UF is to us. It gets points solely because of its history. If we were judging this by its stats, it would be a lot farther down the list. Never underestimate how bad the UGA fanbase wants to win this one, though.

South Carolina - This gets points for how dangerous this game seems to be every year. It's always close, even when it looks like its not. UGA's newest true rivalry.

Tennessee - They'll move back up the list, I'm sure.

Clemson - In the 'someone else' category, this is the other other historic border war that's fallen by the wayside, and that's ashame. Play each other regularly, and its up near the top for sure. Talk to an old school Georgia or Clemson fan, and you'll see how much these teams have HATED each other through the years, and the rhetoric is the strongest against any current rival we have.

History has a lot to do with what I consider a 'rivalry', obviously.

Anonymous said...

1. Florida or GT
2. GT or Florida
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina

While FLA has been a thorn in our side, it's nice to keep your in-state rival down from a recruiting and overall standpoint.

Old timers will always say Tech. However, beating FLA is just as big to a LOT of folks. SO I can't give a definitive 1 and 2.

Plus, after this year, I think the Auburn game may slide ahead of all of them for me

Georgia is unique being surrounded by so many rivalries. Other schools in the SEC do not have this issue.

Bulldog in Exile said...

Florida
Auburn
Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
Florida
South Carolina
Florida
Auburn
North Avenue Trade School

BurritoDawg said...

1. Florida
2. Georgia Tech
3. Tennessee
4. Auburn
5. South Carolina

Anonymous said...

1. Georgia Tech
2. Florida
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee

south carolina is not a true rival. Sure they beat us every once in a while, but they are not a true rival of ours. Check out the all time record and its not close at all. Of course the same could be said about Tech, but they our in state and must be beaten down year after year. It is our birth right as Dawg fans. We know it and they nerds know it. That is why they hate us so much.

Paul said...

This is my list pretty much every year. Even though my oldest brother went to Tech, they don't make it to the top of my list. I was in school at UGA during the Dooley years and even though we beat Florida with regularity, it was always the most important game.

Florida
Auburn
Georgia Tech
Tennessee
South Carolina

oreo said...

1. Florida
2. Tennessee
3. Auburn (making a strong case for #1 this year, but usually tamer than the first two).
4. Georgia Tech (hate to lose to them)
5. Clemson in the 80s.
6. South Carolina (I wouldn’t say they're really a rival)

Bdavis said...

Auburn---Was at the bottom of this list about 3 weeks ago. They are now, and forever will be, public enemy number one in my mind.

Florida---I'm beginning to not even care about the game anymore because it truly is a forgone conclusion on the outcome

Tech---Stupid nerds have a decent season(where they lose to us, nevertheless) and they become world beaters---its nice to still show little brother who the boss is--We Run This State

Tennessee---Not as big as it used to be with their struggles as of late, even though we can be skulled from them in any given year

Carolina---Irrelevant, still

NCT said...

Average year?
Tech
Auburn
Florida
Tennessee
South Carolina

Whoops said...

1. Florida - the SEC East has ran through Gainesville for a while now
2.South Carolina - I live in SC so a win helps my well being.
3.Tenn
4.Auburn
5. G Tech - feels the same as UF fans feel about UGA the past 20 years. Tech is the instate rival but doesnt have the drama of the Iron Bowl or the craziness of Clemson & Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Tech
Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
Clemson
South Carolina

Hipp said...

1. Florida
2. Auburn
3. Tech
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina

Aleem said...

Florida
Auburn
Tech
Tennessee
South Carolina

CSA said...

Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
South Carolina
Georgia Tech

I do believe that Georgia is Georgia Tech's biggest rival. The only reason I rank Florida #1 is because we can never seem to beat them. I'm starting to believe that we just put too much pressure on this game though.

Rick said...

1. Florida
2. Florida
3. Florida
4. Florida
5. Florida


To summarize, screw Florida.

Erked Russell said...

1. Florida-and always will be!
2. Auburn-would be right below tech until this year but hey when you loose 4 in a row I guess they have to take out their frustration some how.
3. Georgia Tech-hate tech and never want to loose to them again and hear all of their mouths for a year after they win 1 in 10 years.
4. Tennessee-hated Fat pumpkin! All shades of orange are ugly on football!
5. South Carolina-hate Darth Visor but other than him...eh

Erked Russell said...

+1 Rick

David Davis said...

I don't see why most of you rank Tech so high on your list. For the last few years, I could care less about the tech game. I was there from 2005-2009 and most of the people I knew felt the exact same way. We always cared about Florida and Auburn. Next year:

1) Auburn
2) Florida
3) S. Car
4) Tenn
5) Tech

Average year:

1) Florida
2) Auburn
3) Tech
4) S. Car
5) Tenn

Army Dawg said...

Avg. Year

1. FL
2. Tenn
3. SC
4. Auburn
5. GT

After this year

1. Auburn
2. Fl
3. Tenn
4. SC
5. GT

Beat Tech!

VineyardDawg said...

1) Florida
2) Florida
3) Florida
4) Florida
5) Florida
6) Florida

Then...

7) Auburn
8) Tech
9) Clemson
10) South Carolina

202dawg said...

1) Florida
2) Tennessee
3) Auburn
4) Carolina
5) Tech

It SHOULD be...

1) Florida
2) CLEMSON

the rest are negotiable depending on what happened the year before...

Ginny said...

1. Florida
2. Tech
3. Tennessee
4. Auburn (this year being the exception. they're more like #1 now.)
5. Tech

The thing with Tech is, is much worse to lose to them than it is fun to beat them.

Ginny said...

Ignore my #5. Long weekend.

Anonymous said...

Biggest Rivals:
1) Josh Crowley
2) Gillins
3) Crown
4) Hunters
5) Agnes

Anonymous said...

Tech
Fla
Aub
Tenn
SC

DFCDAWG said...

1 Tech
2 FL
3 Tenn
4 SC
5 Auburn

Willb said...

Florida
South Carolina
Auburn (they have moved up cause of last game)
Ga Tech
Tennessee

This can change drastically from year to year but this is the way I currently feel. I cannot wait to avenge our losses to Fla and SC! Also Auburn but we have beat them so much lately. As for Ga Tech I really want us to beat them and understand it but we have been dominating them as of late. If you would of asked me about Tech two years ago after coming off the loss where they ripped down our hedges they might of been a little higher.

Mateo said...

There is nobody I like beating as much as Florida. But, there is nobody I HATE losing to as much as Tech.

Rick said...

1. Florida - the sight of that orange and blue makes me physically ill.

2. Tech - I don't hate Tech as much as Florida, but losing to them is miserable

3. South Carolina - Spurrier

4. Auburn

5. Tennessee

Anonymous said...

Georgia Southern
Charleston Southern
Western Carolina
Louisiana Monroe
Louisiana Lafayette
Idaho State
North Texas

Anonymous said...

1 Tenn
2 FLA
3 Auburn
4 SC
5 Ga. Tech

Aladawg

Taylor said...

SC and Clemson are our "friendly"/respected rivals.
Auburn has moved into the hate category with UF and tech.

Ya, UF is a rival, but after getting beat for so long by them, it's tough to consider them a real rival, I doubt they do us bc they don't fear us at all.

For me:
Tech
Auburn
UF
Tenn
SC
Clemson

Steve said...

Tech
Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
South Carolina

My grandpa raised me to hate tech. I must always remember that!

HobnailBoot said...

1. Tech
2. Florida
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee

MarkS31 said...

1. Florida
2. Tennessee
3. Tech
4. Auburn
5. SC

When Tech can string together some decent teams on a consistent basis, they move up to two. That doesn't happen much.

SC has moved up in recent years. I wouldn't have even counted them on a rivalry list before, but they play us tough each year now.

Anonymous said...

If you live in:
North Georgia - Vols
Savannah - Gators
Columbus - Auburn
Augusta - Cocks
Atlanta - Jackets

J.J. said...

Florida #1 most definitely.

However, growing up in Augusta, GA and North Augusta, SC, the UGA-SC game enjoys a nice heated local rivalry. The annual Border Bash in Augusta before the game is always a good time.

One would think that the UGA-GT game would carry more weight as a rivalry if they were in the same conference. Many times, the game just seems insignificant.

Randall said...

Always and forever Auburn. The oldest is the biggest.

GT is next. We have to beat the nerds, plus who want to lose to a vocational/technical school?

UF. Would just like to make it competitive again.

UT is probably next.

Clemson is always a fun game. They are close and travel well.

USC? Please we did not give them the time of day until Spurrier got there. He will be gone soon.

Chad said...

1. Florida
2. GT
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee
5. SC

j.leonardjr said...

Fla
Tech
Tennessee
Auburn
Gamecocks

WiseDawg said...

1. Georgia Tech
2. Florida
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina

The in-state rival is the biggest. When GA lost to Tech in 2008, that's all I heard for a year. At least when you lose to FLA, you might bump into a handful of FLA fans during the year. I'm sure that's different for the South GA crowd, but for me, "To hell with GA Tech!"

Anonymous said...

There is no one worse to lose to than Georgia Tech and no better feeling than beating Florida.

Cartter Fontaine said...

Florida
Auburn
Ga. Tech
Tennessee
South Carolina

Anonymous said...

1. Urban Meyer
2. Ron Zook
3. Steve Spurier
4. Pfat Phil
5. Pepper Rogers

Otto said...

Since the 90s

Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
GT

Before the 90s
Auburn
Florida
GT

If a coach is not beating GT regularly it is time for him to be replaced.

Otto said...

If you live in:
North Georgia - Vols
Savannah - Gators
Columbus - Auburn
Augusta - Cocks
Atlanta - Jackets

Atlanta Jackets? No UF easily.

I easily run across more Auburn, UF, UT and Bama fans than GT fans.

Nick said...

1. Florida
2. GT
3. Auburn
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina
6. Clemson

Anonymous said...

I hate being redundant, but it depends on who is doing well at the moment.

I'm a child of the 80's. For me, Tennessee wasn't ever present on the schedule until expansion. Now that I live in Nashville, UT has moved up my list.

It's our birthright to beat down the bugs. While the game with the NATS wouldn't necessarily be a true rivalry, we should never lose to them.

With the garbage sportsmanship displayed by the war scam eagles, I'm tempted to move AU up on my list. But with our recent dominance over Auburn combined with the fact that they will soon be on a 100 year probation, I think we'll continue to pound them, relegating the once proud rivalry to nerd status.

So, with that rambling in mind, here's my list:

1. Florida - always has been
2. Tennessee - living in TN will do it.
3. Auburn - only because AU's sun is already setting.
4. South Carolina - no different than KY. They'll get a random win on us every 5 years or so.
5. Nerds - Hasn't been a rivalry since the '50's.

watcher16 said...

Florida is who I most like to beat. GT is who I least like to lose to.

CoachSpurlock said...

1. Urban Crier
2. Gene Shiznit
3. Paul's Johnson
4. The Ol' Ballsack
5. Lil' Dooley

Anonymous said...

It is always and forever will be Ga Tech. Those who think Fla or another team are youngsters who can't appreciate the tech game.

After that:
Fla
Aub

The don't merit a mention.

Lee said...

1. Fla
2. Tenn
3. Auburn
4. Tech
5. SC

Growing up in N Ga in the late 70's, and 80's Clemson would have held the #2 spot. That was a fun rivalry. It would be nice to schedule them every couple of years or so, but I guess with the cupcake scheduling, it won't happen. (Though you can't argue that it's too far to travel.)

Anonymous said...

I live in SC and yes it makes me want to beat them more than if I lived in GA. However, they're not in the top 4 for UGA rivalries if you look at any poll.

I enjoyed watching Dooley and the Dawgs destroy Fla. but I don't know if they are any bigger rivals than Tech when you look at the entire history of UGA football. I do think people can make a good argument for Fla. or GT being 1.

Auburn is a great rivalry and is right up there too. I mean 53-53 and however many ties..that's a good rivalry. (Yes I said 53 wins a piece. The forfeit will come soon)

We haven't played Tenn. enough for them to be a top 3. Although I do throw up a little in my mouth every time I see them.

I'd say SC next, but Clemson might battle for that spot too. That's another great debate.

Anonymous said...

1. Florida
2. Florida
3. Tenn.
4. GT
5. Auburn
6. SC

Anonymous said...

Florida
Auburn
Tech
South Carolina
Tenn

Anonymous said...

Tech
Florida
Auburn
Clemson
South Carolina

TrboDawg said...

ditto what BiE said...

Florida
Auburn
Florida
Auburn
Tennessee
Florida
South Carolina
Florida
Auburn
North Avenue Trade School

David said...

1. Tech
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. SC
5. Auburn

David said...

GA Tech is our biggest rival and it's not even close. GA Tech Lies and Cheats and Everyone knows it. All honest Americans pull against GA Tech. GA Tech needs to lose all of their games because they are an outlaw school. Florida would be next in line. Then Tennessee. Then Auburn. South Carolina would be next. GA Tech fans are a bunch of lying/cheating scum wads. Tech fans are idiots.

CONFEDERATE DAWG said...

KILL THE GAYTORS!!!!
THEN THE SPURRIERS!
TENN
TEC
BURN.... KINDA LIKE BURN....

UGADawgGuy said...

I'm a third-generation Georgia alumnus who has grown up all over the South. While I was growing up, my grandfather and my father gave me a thorough education on Tech's place in our history (as well as Auburn's, Florida's, and everybody else's).

For me, it's like this:

(1) Georgia Tech
(2) Auburn
(3) Florida
(4) (Tie) Tennessee
(5) (Tie) South Carolina

BuLLdawg said...

1. Auburn - oldest rivalry
2. Florida - #2 cuz always lose
3. vols - 3 games under .500
4. Alabama - 11 games under .500
5. So Car - .758 win percent
6. Climpsum Farmers - .693 win %

Alabama we have played very well and have 1 of the better records Alabama has faced against them. We really get up for that game and it is always a huge game for all the players, coaches and fans. The only reason I rank them worse than Florida and the vols is because we have played them only 55 % of the years through history.

Just because we don't play Climpsum Farmers every year, doesn't mean I would not rather beat them than just about anyone we could beat the last week in a season. I absolutely hate Climpsum Farmers, always have, always will.

vols are ahead by 3 games in the series with us, a series in which the vols have ducked playing us until The SEC forced them to. vols have always played weak schedules through history and prefer a high win percentage than to play real opponents such as us.

Florida crocodiles are ahead of the vols as rival because they own us. 18 out of last 21 games are Florida wins. That is NOT a rival compared to Auburn who is only 2 games ahead of us after 118 years. Yeah, I know, 7 games up on Florida but be truthful Florida never caught on in football until The SEC expanded. All of a sudden, then only, did Florida have all these rivalries. They sucked for 100 years in football. Even with all their wins the last 20 years against everyone not just us, Florida just has made it into the Top 25 (#24) in all-time 1-A wins. UGA is # 11 all-time in 1-A wins (not that you would know it the last 5 years with 20 Losses.) If we could beat Florida, that would be different; but, we cannot, have not, and don't give a crap to even try to level the playing field for our players - all we talk about is well we played close, or well, even with the loss to Florida we still are in the hunt for The SEC East Championship we have not even been to the game since 2005. This is 2010 and next year is no walk in the park with an even tougher schedule now with Boise State than we had this season and losing 14 seniors and 4 juniors.

Until this football program gets the mindset that it is NOT ALRIGHT to go down there to JAX Gator Bowl and LOSE every year, and do all we can do to fix this 3 wins 18 losses the last 21 games since 1990, then we will never be anything on the National Stage but an AFTERTHOUGHT - not even able to get out of our own division, let alone conference or gain a big bowl game win against a Top 10 Final AP Poll team that CMR has NEVER done. We're an afterthought.

All you who voted Florida # 1 Rival, get a grip. A rivalry is NOT a game you LOST 18 of the last 21 games - which is why Georgia tek is NOT a big huge Rival as those of you who voted them # 1.

BuLLdawg said...

Georgia tek, I could care less if we even play them. Take them off the schedule and replace them with Climpsum Farmers.

Replace them with Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Southern California. You know the teams AHEAD of us in the Top 10 All-Time Wins 1-A FBS.

Georgia tek doesn't play football. They are a JOKE. They play Samford and ACC cupcakes like Duke, Vandie, Kansas, Baylor, Rice, Southern Methodist, Virginia, Maryland, Weak Forest, Tulane, Michigan State, California, Pennsylvania, Tulsa, New Mexico State, Connecticut, Mercer, Tennessee Medical, Cumberland when they didn't even have a football team, North Georgia, Mooney, Rutgers, William and Mary, Transylvania, St. Mary's, Gordon, Georgetown, Citadel, Indiana, Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, Davidson, Oglethorpe, and crap like that.

Georgia tek is not a football school. In a state finding but only 3 others with more high school players who go on to the NFL, Georgia tek instead ranks # 50 every year in recruiting. And, this is WITH Paul Johnson. They don't play anyone, never have, and when they do - they LOSE.

Don't bring this weak B.S. in here a team we should not even play, is our # 1 Rival, or even on the DAMN LIST.

South Carolina is a JOKE of a football program. They don't care about Winning. Just show up. .758 win percentage by UGA vs South Carolina does not make them a better rival than Climpsum Farmers whom we are .693 win percentage against but we have to put them ahead of Climpsum Farmers because some idiot took Climpsum Farmers off our schedule. Put them back on and take Georgia tek off.

We have EVERYTHING to lose playing Georgia tek and NOTHING to gain. This game means all to Georgia tek. It is all they care about. They don't care how they do it. Cheat, steal, anything but just beat UGA is their battle cry. Why play a team like that ? A sorry nothing of a football program who in the last 50 years is # 34 in 1-A wins. Number 34 in the nation. And, they did that by playing nothing but cupcakes and otherwise losing. 318-257-10 since 1959 and 6-5 this season.

That is your # 1 Rival ?

B.S.

Let Georgia tek talk about what they did during the Wars when our players were at War. They have zero business on our schedule, and are there (like we are in JAX) because THEY want it - not me.