Georgia Bulldogs football
The Georgia Bulldogs football program represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games at historic Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus. Georgia's inaugural season was in 1892. UGA claims two consensus national championships (1942 and 1980); the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion once (1980); Georgia has also been named the National Champion by at least one polling authority in three other seasons (1927, 1946 and 1968). The Bulldogs have won 15 conference championships, including 13 SEC championships (tied for second-most all-time), and have appeared in 55 bowl games, tied for second-most all-time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, four number-one National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards. The team is known for its storied history, unique traditions, and rabid fan base, known as the "Bulldog Nation". Georgia has won over 800 games in their history, placing them 11th all-time in wins.
|Georgia Bulldogs football|
|Athletic director||Greg McGarity|
|Head coach||Kirby Smart|
3rd season, 32–10 (.762)
|Other staff||Jim Chaney (OC)|
Mel Tucker (DC)
|Past conferences||SIAA (1895–1921) |
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
|All-time record||819–423–54 (.653)|
|Bowl record||31–21–3 (.591)|
|Playoff appearances||1 (2017)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||2 (1942, 1980)|
|Unclaimed nat'l titles||4 (1920, 1927, 1946, 1968)|
|National finalist||1 (2017)|
|Conference titles||15 (13 SEC)|
Georgia Tech (rivalry)
South Carolina (rivalry)
|Colors||Red and Black|
|Fight song||Hail to Georgia|
|Marching band||Georgia Redcoat Marching Band|
Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. During its tenure in the SIAA, Georgia was conference co-champion in two years, 1896 and 1920. In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference. During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the SEC, where Georgia has won the second-most SEC football championships, with 13, behind Alabama (24) and tied with Tennessee.[better source needed]
|1927||George Cecil Woodruff||Berryman, Boand, Poling||9–1||None|
|1942||Wally Butts||Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Houlgate, Litkenhous, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Williamson||11–1||Rose||UCLA||W 9–0|
|1946||Wally Butts||Williamson||11–0||Sugar||North Carolina||W 20–0|
|1968||Vince Dooley||Litkenhous||8–1–2||Sugar||Arkansas||L 2–16|
|1980||Vince Dooley||Associated Press, Berryman, Billingsley, Rothman, Football News, Football Writers, Helms, NCF, NFF, Poling, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI (coaches)||12–0||Sugar||Notre Dame||W 17–10|
Claimed national championship
- 1920 – First-year head Herman Stegeman led the program to its second undefeated season, outscored opponents 250–17.
- 1927 – Georgia's famous Dream and Wonder team led by George Woodruff went 9-1. This team was noted for having a win over 1920s power, Yale, in Connecticut. Georgia was ranked #1 going into its final game against rival Georgia Tech, where they were upset 12-0 in the rain. Even so, Georgia finished the season ranked #1 in two minor polls.
- 1942 – Georgia was chosen as champion by at least half of the recognized polls. Georgia was led by All-Americans Frank Sinkwich and end George Poschner, along with a young back named Charley Trippi. The Bulldogs knocked off 9 consecutive opponents and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Georgia earned a Rose Bowl bid after it blanked Georgia Tech 34–0 in Athens to end the regular season. Georgia then edged UCLA 9–0 in the Rose Bowl.
- 1946 – Fueled by the return of Charley Trippi, the 1946 SEC Champion Bulldogs went 10-0, including a 20-10 win over North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame finished the season ranked #1 in the majority of the polls, but the Williamson poll recognized Georgia as #1.
- 1968 – The 1968 Bulldogs won Vince Dooley's second SEC Championship as head coach, and finished the season undefeated. However the 8-0-2 Bulldogs tied twice, and then lost to Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. The Litkenhous poll recognized them as National Champions.
- 1980 – The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 17–10 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12–0 and claim the National Championship. Notable contributors during the season included Herschel Walker, Buck Belue, and Lindsay Scott (Georgia was listed first by AP, Berryman, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, Sporting News, and UPI).
Georgia has won a total of 15 conference championships, ten outright and five shared. The school's 13 Southeastern Conference Championships rank it second all time in SEC history, tied with Tennessee behind only Alabama.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1896†||SIAA||Glenn "Pop" Warner||4–0||3-0|
Georgia has won nine SEC Eastern Division championships, and has made seven appearances in the SEC Championship Game, most recently in 2017. The Dawgs are 3–4 in those games. Twice, in 1992 and 2007, Georgia was the Eastern Division co-champion, but lost a tiebreaker for the right to appear in the championship game.
|Year||Division championship||SEC CG Opponent||Result|
|1992†||SEC East||N/A lost tiebreaker to Florida|
|2007†||N/A lost tiebreaker to Tennessee|
The Bulldogs have played in 55 bowl games, tied for second all-time. UGA has a bowl record of 31–20–3. Their 31 wins rank the Dawgs third all-time in bowl wins. They have played in a record 17 different bowls including appearances in five of the New Years Six Bowl Games (2 Rose, 3 Orange, 3 Cotton, 5 Peach and 10 Sugar Bowls) and an appearance in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
|Bowl||Record||Appearances||Last appearance||Winning %|
(formerly Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl)
|Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)||0–1||1||1978 season||.000|
|Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
|Cotton Bowl Classic||2–1||3||1983 season||.667|
|Independence Bowl||2–0||2||2009 season||1.000|
|Liberty Bowl||2–2||4||2016 season||.500|
|Music City Bowl||0–1||1||2001 season||.000|
|Oahu Bowl (defunct)||1–0||1||2000 season||1.000|
|Oil Bowl (defunct)||1–0||1||1945 season||1.000|
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
|Orange Bowl||2–1||3||1959 season||.667|
|Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct)||0–1||1||1950 season||.000|
|Rose Bowl||2–0||2||2018 season||1.000|
|Sugar Bowl||4–6||10||2018 season||.400|
|Sun Bowl||1–1–1||3||1985 season||.500|
|Taxslayer Bowl (formerly Gator Bowl)||3–1–1||5||2015 season||.600|
|4||Glenn "Pop" Warner||1895–1896||7–4||.636|
|7||E. E. Jones||1900||2–4||.333|
|9, 11||Marvin D. Dickinson||1903, 1905||4–9||.308|
|10||Charles A. Barnard||1904||1–5||.167|
|12||George S. Whitney||1906–1907||6–7–2||.467|
|14 & 15||James Coulter & Frank Dobson||1909||1–4–2||.286|
|16||W. A. Cunningham||1910–1919||43–18–9||.656|
|18||George "Kid" Woodruff||1923–1927||30–16–1||.649|
- Vince Dooley – 2001
- Vince Dooley – 1980
- Brian VanGorder – 2003
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Glenn "Pop" Warner, inducted in 1951
- Joel Hunt, inducted in 1967
- Wally Butts, inducted in 1997
- Vince Dooley, inducted in 1995
The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in Atlanta. The Georgia fans had a badge saying "Eat `em Georgia" and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth"; however, it was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, the choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot was attributed to the alma mater of its founder and first president, Abraham Baldwin, who graduated from Yale University. Prior to that time, Georgia teams were usually known as the "Red and Black." On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames and proposed:
The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.
After a 0-0 tie with Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" in his story five times. The name has been used ever since.
- "Between the Hedges" Legendary sports writer Grantland Rice coined the term that famously describes the home of the Bulldogs in the 1930s in reference to the famous English privet hedges that have surrounded the Sanford Stadium turf since its inaugural game against Yale in 1929. The original hedges were removed in 1996 in preparation for the women's soccer matches hosted at Sanford Stadium for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Offshoots of the original hedges were planted shortly after the games. The Hedges also serve as a crowd control measure, as they contain a fence inside of them. In fact, only once have Georgia fans been able to rush the field, that following a victory over Tennessee in 2000.
- Uga (pronounced UH-guh) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. The current mascot, "Que", officially took the role of Uga X on October 23, 2015, shortly before Uga IX, or "Russ", died after four years serving as the mascot. Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium. Georgia is the only school to bury its past mascots inside the football stadium.
- Glory, Glory is the rally song for the Georgia Bulldogs and was sung at football games as early as the 1890s. The rally song was arranged in its current form by Georgia professor Hugh Hodgson in 1915. While "Glory, Glory" is the most commonly played Georgia song, the school's official fight song is "Hail To Georgia" which is played after field goals.
- The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory started in the 1890s when the playing field was located near the Chapel and freshmen were compelled to ring the Chapel's bell until midnight to celebrate the victory. Today, freshmen are no longer required to do the chore, with students, alumni, and fans taking their place.
- "The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation" is a slowed down version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic arranged in 1987 and is a hallowed song played pregame and postgame by the Redcoat Band. A lone trumpeter in the southwest corner of Sanford Stadium plays the first few notes, after which the entire band joins in and a video montage, narrated by longtime Georgia radio broadcaster Larry Munson, is played that highlights the many great moments of Georgia football history. It is custom for fans to stand, remove their hats, and point towards the lone trumpeter as he plays the initial notes. This tradition is considered the climax of the Redcoat Band pregame show and was introduced before the 2000 season.
- "How 'bout them Dawgs" is a slogan of recent vintage that first surfaced in the late 1970s and has become a battle cry of Bulldog fans. The slogan received national attention and exposure when Georgia won the national championship in 1980 and wire services proclaimed "how 'bout them dogs".
- Silver britches – When Wally Butts was named head coach in 1939, he changed the uniform by adding silver-colored pants to the bright-red jersey already in use. The "silver britches" became very popular, and were a source of multiple fan chants and sign references over the years, the most well-known being "Go You Silver Britches". When he was hired in 1964, Vince Dooley changed Georgia's uniform to use white pants, but reinstated the silver pants prior to Georgia's 1980 national championship season. Georgia's use of the "silver britches" continues to the present day.
- The "Dawg Walk" is a tradition that features the football players walking through a gathering of fans and the Redcoat Band near the Tate Student Center as they enter Sanford Stadium. Vince Dooley began the tradition, originally leading the team into the stadium from the East Campus Road side. Ray Goff changed the Dawg Walk to its current location in the 1990s, but eventually discontinued the practice altogether. Mark Richt revived it starting with the 2001 season, and it continues to the present day.
Georgia's standard home uniform has not significantly changed since 1980, and consists of a red helmet with the trademarked oval G, red jerseys, and famous silver britches.
Wally Butts first introduced the "silver britches", as they are colloquially known, in 1939. When Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach, he changed the team's home uniform to include white pants. The uniform was changed back to silver pants prior to the 1980 season, and has remained silver ever since.
Georgia's earliest helmet was grey leather, to which a red block "G" logo was added in 1961. The shirts were usually red, sometimes with various striping patterns. Their uniforms in the pre-World War II era varied at times, sometimes significantly. Photographic evidence suggests that black shirts, vests, and stripes of various patterns were worn at times over the years.
Vince Dooley was the first to incorporate a red helmet into the uniform in 1964, adopting the oval "G", a white stripe, and white facemasks. Anne Donaldson, who graduated from Georgia with a BFA degree and was married to Georgia assistant coach John Donaldson, was asked by Dooley to come up with a new helmet design to replace the previous silver helmet. Dooley liked the forward oriented stylized "G" Donaldson produced, and it was adopted by him. Since the Georgia "G" was similar to the Green Bay Packers' "G" used since 1961, Coach Dooley cleared its use with the Packers organization. Nonetheless, Georgia has a registered trademark for its "G" and the Packers' current, redesigned, "G" logo is modeled after the University of Georgia's redesign of Green Bay's original "G" logo. The helmet change was part of a drastic uniform redesign by Dooley, who also replaced the traditional silver pants with white pants that included a black-red-black stripe. The jerseys remained similar to the pre-1964 design, however, with a red jersey and white numbers.
Prior to the 1980 season, the "silver britches" were re-added to Georgia's uniform with a red-white-black stripe down the side. Since the 1980 season, Georgia has utilized the same basic uniform concept. The sleeve stripes, trim colors, and font on Georgia's home and away jerseys have varied many times, but the home jerseys have remained generally red with white numbers, and away jerseys have remained generally white with black numbers.
The most recent trim redesign occurred in 2005, when sleeve stripe patterns were dropped in favor of solid black jersey cuffs on the home jersey and solid red cuffs on the away jersey. Matte gray pants have also been used at times instead of "true" silver since 2004, mainly because the matte gray pants are of a lighter material.
One of the things that make Georgia's uniform unique is its relative longevity, and the fact that it has very rarely changed over the years. There have been occasions, however, when alternate uniforms have been worn.
- Red pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform at various times during the 1980s.
- Black facemasks and a white-black-white helmet stripe were worn during the 1991 Independence Bowl.
- Black pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform during the 1998 Outback Bowl and home uniform during the 1998 Florida game.
- Black jerseys were worn instead of red as part of Georgia's home uniform in games against Auburn and Hawaii during the 2007 season, in 2008 against Alabama and in 2016 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
- A unique away uniform was worn against Florida in 2009. This uniform included black helmets with red facemasks, a white stripe, and the traditional oval "G" logo; white jerseys with black numbers; and black pants.
- For the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Georgia wore a Nike Pro Combat uniform that was significantly different from the traditional home uniforms. The Nike Pro Combat uniforms used a non-traditional matte-finish red color, and included the following:
- Silver helmets with a large red stripe and traditional oval "G" logo
- Black facemasks with a large red stripe in the middle, mirroring the red stripe on the helmet
- Two-tone red jerseys with black sleeves, trim, and numbers
- The word "Georgia" on the back of the jerseys instead of players' names
- Red pants
The Bulldogs have three main football rivals: Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases. Georgia does not include two games from 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech (both UGA losses) in its reckoning of the series record, because Georgia's players were in World War II and Georgia Tech's players were not. Georgia also includes a game against one of the four predecessor institutions of the modern University of Florida in 1904 (a Georgia win) that national sportswriters and Florida's athletic association do not include.
Georgia has long-standing football rivalries with other universities as well, with over 50 games against five additional teams. Since the formation of the SEC Eastern Division in 1992, Georgia has had an emerging rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry has been a game of increasing importance since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992.
|Rivalry||Rival||Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||UGA won||UGA lost||Ties||UGA %||Streak||Most recent win|
|Deep South's Oldest Rivalry||Auburn Tigers||123||1892||2017||59||56||8||.508||2 wins||2018, 27-10|
|Clemson–Georgia football rivalry||Clemson Tigers||64||1897||2014||42||18||4||.651||1 win||2014, 45–21|
|Florida–Georgia football rivalry||Florida Gators||97||1915||2017||52||43||2||.536||2 wins||2018, 36-17|
|Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||111||1893||2017||67||41||5||.618||2 wins||2018, 45-21|
|Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry||South Carolina Gamecocks||69||1894||2017||51||18||2||.725||4 wins||2018, 41-17|
|Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry||Tennessee Volunteers||48||1899||2017||23||23||2||.478||2 wins||2018, 38-12|
|Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry||Vanderbilt Commodores||77||1893||2017||57||20||2||.727||2 wins||2018, 41-13|
National award winners
While several players were selected in more than one year, only Frank Sinkwich, Herschel Walker, David Pollack, and Jarvis Jones were selected as consensus All-Americans more than once.
† Consensus All-American
‡ Consensus All-American that was selected by a unanimous vote
|62||Charley Trippi||HB||1942, 1945–46|
Hall of Fame inductees
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Two former Georgia players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|Charley Trippi||Halfback||1942, 1945–1946||1968|
College Football Hall of Fame
Seventeen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn.
|Charley Trippi||HB||1942, 1945–1946||1959|
|Vernon "Catfish" Smith||E||1929–1931||1979|
|Glenn "Pop" Warner||1895–1896||1951|
Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.
|vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn|
|at LSU||vs Texas A&M||at Alabama||vs Arkansas||at Mississippi State||vs Ole Miss||at Texas A&M||vs LSU|
Announced schedules as of July 28, 2017
|vs Arkansas State||vs Virginia (Atlanta)||at Georgia Tech||vs Kent State||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech||at UCLA||vs UCLA|
|vs Notre Dame||vs ETSU||vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech|
|vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech|
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