On the surface, Auburn and Georgia share several similiarities this season. They’re both 3-3 in the SEC. They both have had their dificulties on defense, and they both could use a strong finish to the season. But here’s where they’re markedly different heading into Saturday’s matchup at Sanford Stadium:
At Auburn, there’s hope, a sense that a new day is coming under first-year coach Gene Chizik. An eight-win season woudl be greeted with a bunch of approving nods. Even a seven-win season would be tolerable. It’s still the honeymoon phase.
At Georgia, there’s despair. There’s anger. There’s real concern that this program is on a slippery slope to mediocrity in the SEC, a program that’s been the hallmark of consistency under Mark Richt. A seven-win season would go over about as well as a 10-year-old getting socks on Christmas.