The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
They love their football in the South, so it’s fitting that The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry features two of its most storied programs. This rivalry between the Auburn University Tigers and the University of Georgia Bulldogs began in 1892 and is tied for seventh place as the most-played football series in the nation. In fact, the only thing that has been able to keep these cross-division SEC foes from facing off each year is a world war: the annual game was interrupted by World War I in 1917 and 1918 and World War II in 1943.

Since 1892, Auburn and Georgia have played one another in six different cities, with the game now alternating between each school’s on-campus stadium. Although roughly 170 miles separate Auburn and UGA, the game has become extremely close both on the field and on the sidelines. On the field, Auburn maintains a slim lead in the overall series, although Georgia has won eight games since 2002. On the sidelines, The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry features several close connections between the football histories of the two schools. On several occasions, former players have switched sides to become coaches for the opposing team. Most notably, Vince Dooley, famed UGA head coach and athletics director, played quarterback at Auburn, while heralded Auburn coach Pat Dye was a three-year letterman and offensive lineman for Georgia.