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2012 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 2012 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs were led by 12th-year head coach Mark Richt and played their home games at Sanford Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They finished the season 12–2 overall and 7–1 in SEC play, claiming the East Division championship. They represented the division in the SEC Championship Game, where they lost to Alabama. They were invited to the Capital One Bowl, where they defeated Nebraska. The season included a sweep of three of Georgia's biggest SEC rivals (Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee) for just the fourth time (1980, 1981 and 2011).

2012 Georgia Bulldogs football
Georgia Athletics logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division co-champion
Capital One Bowl champion
Capital One Bowl, W 45–31 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 5 (tie)
2012 record12–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachMark Richt (12th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Bobo (6th as coordinator, 12th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorTodd Grantham (3rd season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumSanford Stadium
(Capacity: 92,746)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
No. 9 Florida x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
No. 23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
No. 5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 PMBuffalo*No. 6ESPNW 45–2392,446
September 87:45 PMat MissouriNo. 7ESPN2W 41–2071,004
September 157:30 PMFlorida Atlantic*No. 7
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
CSSW 56–2092,746
September 227:45 PMVanderbiltNo. 5
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA (Rivalry)
ESPN2W 48–392,746
September 293:30 PMTennesseeNo. 5
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA (Rivalry)
CBSW 51–4492,746
October 67:00 PMat No. 6 South CarolinaNo. 5ESPNL 7–3585,199
October 207:00 PMat KentuckyNo. 13SECRNW 29–2466,293
October 273:30 PMvs. No. 3 FloridaNo. 12CBSW 17–984,681
November 33:30 PMOle Miss No. 7
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
ESPNUW 37–1092,746
November 107:00 PMat AuburnNo. 6ESPN2W 38–086,764
November 173:30 PMGeorgia Southern*No. 5
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
FSNW 45–1492,746
November 2412:00 PMGeorgia Tech*No. 3
ESPNW 42–1092,746
December 14:00 PMvs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 3CBSL 28–3275,824
January 11:00 PMvs. No. 23 Nebraska*No. 6ABCW 45–3159,712
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule sources:[1][2]

Game summariesEdit

BuffaloEdit

1 234Total
Buffalo 6 1007 23
#6 Georgia 14 10714 45
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 12:21 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 92,446
  • Game weather: 86, Fair
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)

MissouriEdit

1 234Total
#7 Georgia 0 91517 41
Missouri 0 10100 20
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • Game start: 6:50 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:48
  • Game attendance: 71,004
  • Game weather: 74, Sunny and Clear
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (color), Quint Kessenich (sideline)

Florida AtlanticEdit

1 234Total
Florida Atlantic 7 706 20
#7 Georgia 14 14217 56
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 7:35 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 79, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: David Smith
  • Television network: CSS

VanderbiltEdit

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 0 300 3
#5 Georgia 13 14210 48
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 7:50 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 82, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones (play-by-play), Brock Huard (color), Shelley Smith (sideline)

TennesseeEdit

1 234Total
Tennessee 10 2077 44
#5 Georgia 21 9210 51
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 3:39 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:51
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 74, Mostly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play by play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

South CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
#5 Georgia 0 007 7
#6 South Carolina 21 077 35
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:10 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 85,199
  • Game weather: 78, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Heather Cox (sideline)

KentuckyEdit

1 234Total
#13 Georgia 7 967 29
Kentucky 7 737 24
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Game start: 7:08 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 54,553
  • Game weather: 52, Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • Television network: FSN

FloridaEdit

Florida-Georgia Football Rivalry
1 234Total
#3 Florida 0 603 9
#10 Georgia 7 037 17
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Game start: 3:40 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:43
  • Game attendance: 84,644
  • Game weather: 72, Cloudy w/ gusts
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Ole MissEdit

1 234Total
Ole Miss 3 700 10
#6 Georgia 0 14167 37
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 3:39 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 78, Sunny
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Brando (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color)

AuburnEdit

Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
1 234Total
#5 Georgia 14 14100 38
Auburn 0 000 0
  • Location: Auburn, Alabama
  • Game start: 6:06 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:59
  • Game attendance: 86,146
  • Game weather: 62, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones (play-by-play), Brock Huard (color), Shelley Smith (sideline)

Georgia SouthernEdit

1 234Total
Georgia Southern 0 707 14
#5 Georgia 7 10217 45
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 1:35 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 57, Sunny
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • Television network: PPV, WSB-TV

Georgia TechEdit

Clean, Old Fashioned Hate
1 234Total
Georgia Tech 3 007 10
#3 Georgia 14 14140 42
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 12:01 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 52, Clear
  • Referee: Tom Zimorski
  • Television network: ESPN

AlabamaEdit

SEC Championship Game
1 234Total
#2 Alabama 0 10814 32
#3 Georgia 0 7147 28
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 4:11 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 75,624
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS/CTSN): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) Eli Gold (play-by-play), Phil Savage (color), Chris Stewart (sideline reporter)

NebraskaEdit

Capital One Bowl
1 234Total
#6 Georgia 16 7814 45
#23 Nebraska 14 1070 31
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Game start: 1:08 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 59,712
  • Game weather: 75, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • TV announcers (ABC): Rece Davis (play-by-play), David Pollack and Jesse Palmer (color), Samantha Ponder (sideline)

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 6 7 7 5 5 5 14 13 12 7 5 т 5 3 3 5 5 т 
Coaches 6 7 7 6 5 5 12 12 11 6 5 4 3 (1) 3 (1) 6 4 
Harris Not released 11 12 11 6 5 5 3 3 6 Not released 
BCS Not released 11 10 6 5 5 3 3 7 Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedule". Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  2. ^ SEC 2012 TV Schedule Archived July 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Matt Sarz Sports, Retrieved April 12, 2012