Auburn and Georgia Tech in talks to resume rivalry


There was a time when Auburn and Georgia Tech played one of college football’s tightest rivalries. The two could be getting ready to pick up where they left off in 2005, with a report saying the schools have been having a conversation about a potential scheduling agreement.

Per the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, there is interest to revive the series from both schools but scheduling is a bit complex. With the ACC playing a eight-game conference schedule plus Notre Dame on a rotating schedule, options can be limited. Neither team wants to play a road game against the other in a year when home games may be at a premium, especially in a season when either school is scheduled to play a road game at Georgia. Both schools alternate home games with the Bulldogs on an annual basis, with Auburn and Georgia being cross-division foes in the SEC’s conference schedule and Georgia and Georgia Tech holding a non-conference rivalry at the end of the regular season for traditional purposes.

As it happens, Georgia Tech and Auburn have identical home-and-home rotations with Georgia, which means Georgia Tech may have to agree to play two road games against Georgia at some point. It is not likely Auburn will be able to get the same flexibility with Georgia due to the SEC conference scheduling.

This means the talk of a neutral site game has entered the equation, which should come as no surprise given the increasing trend of neutral site games in college football between power conference opponents. This would be a shame though, because this would be a series that deserves to be played on campus.

If the two schools can figure this out, the non-conference scheduling requirement each must fulfill in their respective conferences calling for a power conference opponent will be met.

Auburn leads the all-time series, 42-41-3.