Georgia football will play Auburn next year for the 2024 football season. Even with expansion to the league, the SEC has made the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” a priority. That was believed by myself and others until Hugh Freeze said this:
What? Did he just say he hated not to play Georgia every year? First, I am surprised Hugh said the word hate, and secondly, why is Georgia not playing Auburn every year? Look, I am harsh on Hugh Freeze and his level of intelligence, so it is not hard for me to believe that he could simply be wrong and misspoke. That is my hope, at the very least.
But what happens if Freeze is right? First, many SEC fans, not just Georgia and Auburn fans, would be upset at the league and Greg Sankey. We would be losing a lot more than Georgia vs. Auburn; we could be losing a ton of rivalries. Greg Sankey would have to answer why they are taking CFB out of the fan’s hands. The one thing Sankey said during all of this expansion is to consider the SEC fans. The SEC fans do not care if they play Texas or Oklahoma; they care about the rival they have been playing since the 1800s!
Some fans and media personalities have already shown their ire over the rumor.
It is all fair points; truthfully, the SEC must come out with a statement about Hugh Freeze’s comments. Why are fans being left in the dark about something important in the future of the conference we all love? I write this a lot in post, but this is the last “regular” CFB season. The CFB that we all came to love is going to change drastically. Knowing what the future may hold for the sport we all love is a little scary. But it is the fear of the unknown at this point, even though we are less than a year away. There are still significant questions out there, and teams and conferences still are not done moving around.
The bottom line is Georgia and Auburn have been playing each other since 1892, and we should play them out until the sun explodes, the Rapture happens, nuclear winter, or a meteor hits Earth. There is something great about knowing that my Great-Grandfather watched Georgia and Auburn. It holds generations together. So do not mess with it!