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Football history in Auburn and Athens begun and continues today locked hand-in-hand.

It’s been 125 years, 8 months, 22 days since Auburn and Georgia first met on the football field. February 20, 1892 was the date, and Auburn won 10-0 as George Petrie brought football to the Plains.

There are some well-known stories that stem from that day, most notably the legend of War Eagle.

You know the tale — a Civil War veteran brought the eagle he found after a battle nearly three decades before with him to the game, and the bird broke free of its restraints, flew around the field, rallied the Tigers, and they won before the bird fell to the ground and died.

Whether that’s true or not, one thing is undeniable fact.

Auburn gave Georgia its first ever loss on the football field.

And now it’s time for Auburn to give Georgia its latest loss on the football field.

The histories of each side are braided and intertwined together so tightly that it’s tough to remember whose loyalties lie where. One of our most successful coaches, Pat Dye, was a lineman for the Bulldogs back in the late 1950s.

Georgia’s most legendary coach, Vince Dooley, was a quarterback at Auburn in the early 1950s before winning a national championship in Athens in 1980.

With Auburn being so close to the state line, often times the majority of the Tiger roster hails from across the border. It’s a familiar rivalry, where coaches, players, and alums are neighbors and friends for all but one week every season.

It’s been 45,920 days since Georgia lost its first ever football game. It’s been 350 days since they lost their last one. It’s time to bookend history, and reset that last number to zero.

Time for a monumental win today, Auburn Family. Are you ready?