It’s often said that the Auburn-Georgia series is a lot like “brother vs. brother.”
This year, it actually will be.
Georgia’s star quarterback Jake Fromm and new Auburn tight end Tyler Fromm plan to reunite on the field this November when the series shifts back to Jordan-Hare Stadium — for a game already coming to mind and already on the tip of tongues at SEC Media Days this week over in Hoover.
Jake Fromm is entering his third year as a starter at Georgia. His younger brother Tyler Fromm signed with Auburn last December, out of Warner Robins High School in Georgia. Jake and Tyler were teammates two years earlier at Houston County High School there, before Jake graduated and Tyler transferred.
Taking his turn to speak at the SEC’s annual media circus on Tuesday, Jake was ready to answer questions from reporters about that day when the brothers are set to reunite this fall — and he’s already looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be fun for my family,” Jake said, according to Josh Vitale of the Montgomery Advertiser. “It’s going to be exciting.”
Auburn and Georgia will play Nov. 16 in Jordan-Hare. Auburn will enter off a bye, playing Georgia before Samford and then the Iron Bowl.
Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn and his team’s representatives will speak at Media Days on Thursday. Representatives from Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tennessee all spoke Tuesday.
“There’s going to be so much into it,” Jake Fromm said via the Advertiser, on meeting Tyler and Auburn in November. “I don’t know how my parents will do and what they’ll wear, how they’ll get there and all that stuff, but that’s going to be fun for me and Tyler, because we’ll get out before the game, during the game and after the game, and it will be great to see him.
“I miss being on the same field as him and playing with him, so it’ll be a good time.”
Their other brother, Dylan, plays quarterback at Mercer. Malzahn mentioned that Tyler is from a football family back in December when the Tigers signed Tyler.
“He’s a half receiver, half tight end. He’s going to give us a lot of flexibility,” he said back then.
That flexibility might just get him on the field as a true freshman in that rivalry — making this year’s edition at true iteration of ‘brother vs. brother.’
The rivalry game has been described that way for a long time — and in plenty other ways over the long years. “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” will renew this fall for the 124th game between Auburn and Georgia, in the year the NCAA is celebrating what it’s calling the 150th anniversary of college football.
“It’s pretty cool,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said of the old rivalry continuing during that season-long celebration this fall. Transcripts of Smart’s press conference Tuesday were provided to the media. “When you think about that game, I don’t think everybody knows the history — that that game was played in Columbus for a long time. It’s a tremendous game. It’s a game that’s been very balanced. And you look at the history of the two schools, it’s really incredible the amount of wins and losses on both sides.”
Georgia holds a slim lead in the all-time series at 59-56-8.
“It’s one of those games that no matter where you go in the state, people talk about the Auburn game and it being one of the oldest, richest traditions,” Smart said. “This year makes it that much more special.”