A little SEC football drama between Georgia and the Auburn Tigers

Auburn as Georgia's Homecoming opponent, are the Bulldogs purposely disrespecting Hugh Freeze and the Tigers?
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The Georgia Bulldogs have scheduled their Homecoming Game for Oct. 5, against the Auburn Tigers. Auburn fans and some Auburn football players are bemoaning such disrespect. Alabama football fans have quickly chimed in, that to their memory, no team has ever scheduled a Homecoming Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

In reality Alabama has been an opponent in away Homecoming games. It has not happened often. A quick look at the history of SEC Homecomings shows Georgia made Alabama its Homecoming opponent six times from 1947 through 1957. The Bulldogs only won one of the games, in 1955 by a score of 35-14. The 1955 season was the first for Ears Whitworth as the Crimson Tide head coach. The 1955 record was 0-10. Whitworth lasted two more seasons, with a combined record in them of 4-14-2.

Going way back the Tennessee Vols had Homecoming success against the Crimson Tide. According to Vols Wire, the two schools have not played a Homecoming Game against each other since 1948.

For whatever reasons, while LSU and Alabama have played each other in 88 games, only once has it been a Homecoming Game. That was in 1925 when Alabama manhandled LSU in Baton Rouge, 42-0.

Ole Miss is one of multiple SEC programs that has never scheduled its Homecoming Game against the Crimson Tide. Some SEC schools are careful to avoid SEC opponents. After all, the idea of alums and other fans traveling to their college home for a game almost requires the game to be a sure win.

Is Georgia confident of a sure win against Auburn? The Bulldogs should be. That's probably what bothers Auburn fans the most. Claims that the Bulldogs are disrespecting the Tigers are not easily refuted. One Twitter response was that the decision was date-driven, and had nothing to do with Auburn. Maybe, but the Bulldogs also have a home game against Mississippi State a week later.

The series between Georgia and Auburn is nearly even except for recent seasons. Georgia leads overall, 64-56-8. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11 games and Kirby Smart is 8-1 against the Tigers. Dawg Nation pointed out that Auburn "hasn’t scored more than 10 points in Athens since 2009." Maybe choosing Auburn as the Homecoming opponent is both disrespectful and picking a sure win for Georgia fans.

Yes Georgia's tweet does have AU vs. Auburn.

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