No. 18 Vanderbilt at Georgia


Published: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.

Gatorsports.com counts down the top 25 games in the SEC for the 2012 season.

NO. 18 VANDERBILT AT GEORGIA

When: Sept. 22

Where: Sanford Stadium (Athens, Ga.)

Why it's No. 18: Believe it or not, this could be a huge game in the Eastern Division race, mainly because the Commodores have made a quantum leap under new coach James Franklin, who made Vanderbilt competitive (and relevant) in his first season in 2011. The Bulldogs have a relatively easy SEC schedule, but this will not be an easy game for the Bulldogs, who squeaked out a 33-28 victory in Nashville last season.

Series history: This is one of the oldest rivalries in the SEC, dating back to 1893. This is a series that has a lot of history — and a lot of Georgia victories. The Bulldogs own the series with a record of 52-18-2. Vandy's last win came in Athens in 2006.

Rivalry on a scale of 1-100: 50. It would have been considerably lower if not for last season's game, which has turned up the heat in this rivalry quite a bit. At the end of a narrow ‘Dog win, Vandy coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got into a heated shouting match. This game now has what all good rivalries have: two teams that do not like each other.

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