Who: University of Auburn
Where: Auburn, Alabama
Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium, 87,451, natural grass
Distance: 179 miles from Sanford Stadium
How to get there: I-85 South all the way. Coming in I get off on exit 51 but I’ve had good luck leaving by going west towards Tuskegee and missing the traffic backed up at the Interstate.
Why we love this game: There are few rivalries that compare to the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.” We all know Auburn fans. We live with them and they are found in everywhere in our great state. In my opinion, most grew up Georgia fans but for one reason or another chose their back up school. Until recently this has always been somewhat of a friendly rivalry minus the fire hose incident. That towel waving son of a bitch took it to a different level in 2010, but it is still fair to consider Auburn our less literate sister school.
Auburn has the hat trick of great traditions, great fans and if you ignore the 2010 team, lovable players (I’m looking at you Kenny & David Irons). If you go Saturday, get to the stadium early because there is nothing cooler in college football than watching the eagle land at midfield. The fans are Georgia fans with more boots and a tendency to fight. And the players. Bo was amazing, Cam was like watching a professional play among amateurs, but the Irons brothers where even better off the field then they were on. For example, here’s Kenny’s official AU sponsored interview and David telling brother Kenny what to do with the football: “‘I told him the end zone is his zoo and if he runs to the end zone he can be with all of his little animal friends. I just told him to treat the football like a banana. You treat the football like a banana and you won’t let anybody at the zoo take your banana peel. He was like, “Yeah, that’s true.” And I was like, “Kenny, but it’s not yellow, it’s brown. Just think of it as an old banana and you’ve had out for weeks like you did at the house and it’s turned brown. Run with it and don’t let people strip it.’ He’s been running like a crazy wild child”
And then Kenny explains why he packs so much luggage. Uchee won’t let me actually post it here so you’ll have to go to the source to read it. I didn’t type it but you’ve been warned.
Bottom line, Georgia-Auburn is one of the premiere rivalries in America. Regardless the record, anything can happen in this game. You’d hope this year would be a different story, but don’t bank on it. Auburn would love nothing more than to derail our season, and you know they’re going to do whatever they can to make this happen.
In Auburn: As for places in Auburn, I usually make it a day trip, grab some chicken on the way in and get out. Parking is plentiful and you can just hop off the road and park on the right of way. A few times I’ve stuck around and enjoyed the following places. I’m sure plenty of you have spent more time in the loveliest village than I have so please let me know what I missed out on in the comments.
Go by and pay your respects to the oaks at Toomer’s Corner. They may not be there next year.
Bloodhounds has good burgers and a good atmosphere.
I haven’t been to the Barbecue House for their que but I have been there early and they have a really good breakfast. I’ve been told by many that they do have the best BBQ in Auburn if anyone wants to give them a try and let us know.
War Eagle Supper Club is fun late night. You have to get a membership card before you walk in but they are open till 4 AM
It should be a great weekend. Be safe on the road, we’ll see you Saturday in Auburn.