AJ Green Sympathizes with Cameron Newton, Plus AU-UGA Preview

Nathan Deal@@NateDawgAUCorrespondent INovember 12, 2010

Georgia WR AJ Green was in the news at the beginning of the season because of a four-game suspension resulting in his selling of a jersey.

Auburn QB Cameron Newton has been in the news lately for allegations of many things, most of then proven untrue by evidence ESPN does not want to show but others starting to seem a little suspicious. Cam's status for Saturday's game is a very debated topic.

AJ Green, when asked about Newton's situation, said, "Having been through that myself, it wasn't a good feeling. Everywhere you go, people are asking you what happened. I would just tell him to keep his head up, keep working. The only thing that is going to help this is to keep winning."

A Georgia player took the time to sympathize with an Auburn player. Usually, it seems like the players from the two sides dislike each other, but this seems to be a time when players bond together no matter what logo is on their helmet.

It says a lot about AJ Green's character. He has generally stayed out of trouble (selling a jersey isn't a serious crime or anything) and never talked too much trash.

He is similar to Newton in more ways. He is the Dawgs' biggest threat offensively, like Newton is for the Tigers. They are both tall, speedy, and believe it or not, AJ Green's stiff-arm isn't all that bad.

Now folks, here's a serious question. I want some answers in the comments section. ARE YOU READY FOR A FOOTBALL GAME THIS WEEKEND?!

If you answered, "Yes," then read this breakdown of the 2010 edition of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

No. 2 Auburn: 10-0

Georgia: 5-5

All-time record: Auburn leads Georgia, 53-52-1

Streak: Georgia has won the last four meetings.

First meeting: February 20, 1892. Auburn beat Georgia in the first game in the deep south, 10-0. The game took place at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

Last meeting: November 14, 2009. Georgia beat Auburn in Athens, 31-24.

Coaches: Auburn's Gene Chizik (18-5) vs. Georgia's Mark Richt (95-32)

Location: Auburn, Alabama

Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

Fun Fact: Despite owning the series lead, Auburn has actually been outscored by Georgia all-time.

Best Games of All Time:

1942: Georgia did go 11-1 this year, including a victory over UCLA in the Rose Bowl to win the National Championship. Too bad it wasn't 12-0, because Auburn beat Georgia 27-13 this year.

1959: After two straight unbeaten seasons for Auburn, one resulting in a National Championship, UGA scored a touchdown in the final seconds to beat Auburn 14-13. Oddly, the touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery by Georgia. Which Dawg recovered that fumble? None other than Pat Dye.

1960: The First Time Ever: In Georgia's first trip ever to Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn beat the Dawgs 9-6.

1983: Pat Dye's team went into Sanford Stadium looking for a chance for an SEC Title. Auburn led 13-0 in the fourth before UGA scored and recovered an onside kick. However, Auburn then shut Georgia down. Auburn won and went on to win the National Championship by beating Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.

1986: Three-touchdown underdog Georgia went into Jordan-Hare and beat Auburn, 20-16, with their back-up QB no less.

1994: The Streak Dies: No. 1 Auburn, riding a 20-game winning streak, had it snapped in a 23-23 tie with underdog Georgia. The headlines in the paper the next morning in Athens read "UGA beats Auburn 23-23."

1996: Overtime: It was the first SEC game to go to overtime. That also means it was the first to have FOUR overtimes. Auburn wasted a 28-7 lead as Georgia beat Auburn in 4OT, 56-49.

1999: Tommy Tuberville got his first big win at Auburn, as the Tigers led 31-0 at halftime and went on to win 38-21 in Athens.

2002: No. 7 Georgia went to take on No. 22 Auburn on the Plains. Auburn wasted a 14-3 halftime lead as UGA came back to win 24-21. UGA won the SEC Title this season over Arkansas.

2004: No. 8 Georgia took on No. 3 Auburn in a game featured on ESPN's College GameDay. In the most eagerly anticipated games in Jordan-Hare history, Auburn destroyed Georgia 24-6 in a game that was even uglier than that score shows.

2005: Brandon Cox connected on a huge pass on 4th-and-10 and Auburn kicked a game-winning FG with :06 left to upset UGA in Athens, 31-30.

2006: No. 5 Auburn hosted hapless Georgia on the Plains when the Dawgs had some poor freshman QB named Matt Stafford playing for them. UGA upset Auburn 37-15 after leading 30-7 at the half.

2007:  Blackout: UGA fans fondly remember this one. Georgia came out in black uniforms in front of the black crowd. Auburn lead 20-17 in the third quarter before UGA rebounded and took Auburn behind the woodshed, 45-20. This was the last time the blackout actually worked for anybody.

Analysis of this game:
Auburn should get their yards and points. It all comes down to what UGA can do offensively. Can the passing game with Aaron Murray and AJ Green keep Georgia up to pace with Auburn's offense? Also, both teams are great on special teams so that's something to keep an eye on.

Prediction: Auburn 55, Georgia 24.
I just don't see this Dawgs team keeping up with Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. In fact, I don't see them coming close to this. Auburn wins the SEC West with a dominating performance that serves as a middle finger to ESPN and the media.


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