Heading into first Georgia matchup, Bo Nix admits he grew up dreaming of playing in these games
In his two seasons as the starting quarterback at Auburn, Patrick Nix went 1-0-1 against rival Georgia. His son and current Tigers starting signal caller, Bo Nix, will try to keep the undefeated family record against the Bulldogs when they visit the plains this weekend.
But Nix admitted Tuesday during his press conference that he’s just looking forward to playing in this historic rivalry.
“At the beginning of the week when I started watching video, I realized that I’m actually playing Georgia on Saturday,” he said. “Growing up, that’s what I always wanted to do. I grew up watching these games, and how important they were, seeing the really big games, seeing the incredible games between the two teams.
“I’m just looking forward to playing in it. It’s just so surreal that it’s here.”
Auburn will be aiming to spoil its rival’s season and bid for the College Football Playoff as it almost did two years ago. The last time Georgia visited Auburn, the Tigers jumped all over the Bulldogs, 40-17. At the time, Georgia was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
But the two teams met again in the SEC Championship Game that year, and Georgia won that contest, 28-7. That propelled Georgia into the College Football Playoff despite the regular season loss at Auburn. The Bulldogs also won last year’s matchup in Athens, 27-10.
Georgia doesn’t have any margin for error this time. With already one loss, the Bulldogs must win at Auburn in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Nix will be aiming to end a streak this Saturday that’s seen Georgia win five of the last six matchups in the rivalry.