Gus Malzahn on playing UGA and Alabama back-to-back: ‘As big a challenge as anybody has’

Leonard Floyd gave Auburn -- and QB Nick Marshall -- fits playing the Star position for the Bulldogs this past Saturday. (UGA photo by Sean Taylor)

Leonard Floyd gave Auburn — and QB Nick Marshall — fits playing the Star position for the Bulldogs this past Saturday. (UGA photo by Sean Taylor)

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn did a one-on-one interview with al.com’s Brandon Marcello, and just like everything else in Auburn, the conversation centered around the Georgia Bulldogs.

Ok, kidding.

In reality Malzahn only brought up the Bulldogs once, and it came in response to this question:

“Your schedule is tough every year, but the even years seem especially difficult with Alabama and Georgia on the road in the final three weeks of the season. Would you like to see the Georgia and Alabama games further apart on the schedule or is there a possibility of going to the previous rotation in which one game is away and the other is at home?”

Marcello’s question was a fair one, and Malzahn’s response equally so:

 “That’s as big of a challenge as anybody has in college football, in the years you play them on the road. The thing about it is you know it going into it, too. You just have to prepare the best you can from a coach’s standpoint to deal with that. Like I said before, this is a place where we’re going to have a top-10 schedule every year and you know that before the season. You’ve got to deal with it.”

For the better part of the past decade, UGA and Alabama have been among the best in college football. With Nick Saban at the helm, the Crimson Tide have won three national championships, and Richt owns a 9-5 record against the Tigers.

Since Richt took over as head coach of the Bulldogs in 2001, Georgia have controlled the series fairly comfortably with a few notable exceptions. The average score between Georgia and Auburn since 2001 has been 30-20 in the Bulldog’s favor.

So, yeah, it isn’t too hard to see how Malzahn might feel that the Tigers have a rough two weeks in store at the end of their schedule every year.

 


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