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Georgia Bulldogs football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2020 Georgia Bulldogs football team
Georgia Athletics logo.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Josh Brooks
Head coach Kirby Smart
5th season, 52–14 (.788)
Stadium Sanford Stadium
(Capacity: 92,746 [1] )
Year built1929 [1]
Field surfaceGrass
Location Athens, Georgia
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Southeastern Conference
Past conferences SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record83942754 (.656)
Bowl record33213 (.605)
Playoff appearances1 (2017)
Playoff record1–1
Claimed national titles2 (1942, 1980)
Unclaimed national titles4 (1920, 1927, 1946, 1968)
National finalist1 (2017)
Conference titles15 (13 SEC)
Division titles10 (1992, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2017–2019)
Rivalries Auburn (rivalry)
Clemson (rivalry)
Florida (rivalry)
Georgia Tech (rivalry)
South Carolina (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)
Vanderbilt (rivalry)
Alabama (rivalry)
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans35
Current uniform
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ColorsRed and Black [2]
Fight songHail to Georgia
Mascot Uga
Hairy Dawg
Marching band Georgia Redcoat Marching Band

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 four other seasons (1920, 1927, 1946 and 1968). The Bulldogs have won 15 conference championships, including 13 SEC championships, tied for second-most in conference history, and have appeared in 57 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 and has finished in the Top 10 of the AP Poll 25 times, 12 of which were Top 5 finishes. [3]



Conference affiliations

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. [4] In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference. [5] 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 (27) and tied with Tennessee. [6] [ better source needed ]


National championships

Georgia has won six (1920, 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980) national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors. [7] Georgia claims both the 1942 and 1980 national championships. [8]

1920 Herman Stegeman Berryman 8–0–1None
1927 George Cecil Woodruff Berryman, Boand, Poling 9–1None
1942 Wally Butts Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Houlgate, Litkenhous, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Williamson 11–1 Rose UCLA W 9–0
1946 Williamson11–0 Sugar North Carolina W 20–0
1968 Vince Dooley Litkenhous8–1–2 Sugar Arkansas L 2–16
1980 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

Conference championships

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. [12]

YearConferenceCoachOverall recordConference record
1896 SIAA Glenn "Pop" Warner 4–03-0
1920 Herman Stegeman 8–0–18–0
1942 SEC Wally Butts 11–16–1
1948 9–26–0
1959 10–17–0
1966 Vince Dooley 10–16–0
1968 8–1–25–0–1
1976 10–25–1
1980 12–06–0
1982 11–16–0
2002 Mark Richt 13–17–1
2005 10–36–2
2017 Kirby Smart 13–27–1

† Co-champions

Division championships

Georgia has won ten SEC Eastern Division championships, and has made eight appearances in the SEC Championship Game, most recently in 2019. The Dawgs are 3–5 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.

YearDivision championshipSEC CG OpponentResult
1992SEC EastN/A lost tiebreaker to Florida
2002 Arkansas W 30–3
2003 LSU L 13–34
2005 LSU W 34–14
2007N/A lost tiebreaker to Tennessee
2011 LSU L 10–42
2012 Alabama L 28–32
2017 Auburn W 28–7
2018 Alabama L 28–35
2019 LSU L 10–37

† Co-champions

Bowl games

The Bulldogs have played in 57 bowl games, tied for second all-time. UGA has a bowl record of 33–21–3. Their 32 wins rank the Dawgs third all-time in bowl wins. [13] They have played in a record 18 different bowls including appearances in five of the New Years Six Bowl Games (2 Rose, 3 Orange, 3 Cotton, 6 Peach, and 11 Sugar Bowls) and an appearance in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

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2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
1941 Wally Butts Orange Bowl TCU W 40–26
1942 Wally Butts Rose Bowl UCLA W 9–0
1945 Wally Butts Oil Bowl Tulsa W 20–6
1946 Wally Butts Sugar Bowl North Carolina W 20–10
1947 Wally Butts Gator Bowl Maryland T 20–20
1948 Wally Butts Orange Bowl Texas L 28–41
1950 Wally Butts Presidential Cup Texas A&M L 20–40
1959 Wally Butts Orange Bowl Missouri W 14–0
1964 Vince Dooley Sun Bowl Texas Tech W 7–0
1966 Vince Dooley Cotton Bowl Classic SMU W 24–9
1967 Vince Dooley Liberty Bowl NC State L 7–14
1968 Vince Dooley Sugar Bowl Arkansas L 2–16
1969 Vince Dooley Sun Bowl Nebraska L 6–45
1971 Vince Dooley Gator Bowl North Carolina W 7–3
1973 Vince Dooley Peach Bowl Maryland W 17–16
1974 Vince Dooley Tangerine Bowl Miami L 10–21
1975 Vince Dooley Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas L 10–31
1976 Vince Dooley Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh L 3–27
1978 Vince Dooley Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Stanford L 22–25
1980 Vince Dooley Sugar Bowl Notre Dame W 17–10
1981 Vince Dooley Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh L 20–24
1982 Vince Dooley Sugar Bowl Penn State L 23–27
1983 Vince Dooley Cotton Bowl Classic Texas W 10–9
1984 Vince Dooley Citrus Bowl Florida State T 17–17
1985 Vince Dooley Sun Bowl Arizona T 13–13
1986 Vince Dooley Hall of Fame Bowl Boston College L 24–27
1987 Vince Dooley Liberty Bowl Arkansas W 20–17
1988 Vince Dooley Gator Bowl Michigan State W 34–27
1989 Ray Goff Peach Bowl Syracuse L 18–19
1991 Ray Goff Independence Bowl Arkansas W 24–15
1992 Ray Goff Florida Citrus Bowl Ohio State W 21–14
1995 Ray Goff Peach Bowl Virginia L 27–34
1997 Jim Donnan Outback Bowl Wisconsin W 33–6
1998 Jim Donnan Peach Bowl Virginia W 35–33
1999 Jim Donnan Outback Bowl Purdue W 28–25
2000 Jim Donnan Oahu Bowl Virginia W 37–14
2001 Mark Richt Music City Bowl Boston College L 16–20
2002 Mark Richt Sugar Bowl Florida State W 26–13
2003 Mark Richt Capital One Bowl Purdue W 34–27
2004 Mark Richt Outback Bowl Wisconsin W 24–21
2005 Mark Richt Sugar Bowl West Virginia L 35–38
2006 Mark Richt Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech W 31–24
2007 Mark Richt Sugar Bowl Hawaii W 41–10
2008 Mark Richt Capital One Bowl Michigan State W 24–12
2009 Mark Richt Independence Bowl Texas A&M W 44–20
2010 Mark Richt Liberty Bowl Central Florida L 6–10
2011 Mark Richt Outback Bowl Michigan State L 30–33
2012 Mark Richt Capital One Bowl Nebraska W 45–31
2013 Mark Richt Gator Bowl Nebraska L 19–24
2014 Mark Richt Belk Bowl Louisville W 37–14
2015 Bryan McClendon (interim) TaxSlayer Bowl Penn State W 24–17
2016 Kirby Smart Liberty Bowl TCU W 31–23
2017 Kirby Smart Rose Bowl Oklahoma W 54–48
2017 Kirby Smart CFP National Championship Alabama L 23–26
2018 Kirby Smart Sugar Bowl Texas L 21–28
2019 Kirby Smart Sugar Bowl Baylor W 26–14
2020 Kirby Smart Peach Bowl Cincinnati W 24–21
Georgia Bulldog bowl games: all-time records by bowl
BowlRecordAppearancesLast appearanceWinning %
Belk Bowl
(formerly Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl)
1–012014 season1.000
Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)0–111978 season.000
Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
4–1–162012 season.750
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 4–262020 season.667
Cotton Bowl Classic 2–131983 season.667
Independence Bowl 2–022009 season1.000
Liberty Bowl 2–242016 season.500
Music City Bowl 0–112001 season.000
Oahu Bowl (defunct)1–012000 season1.000
Oil Bowl (defunct)1–011945 season1.000
Outback Bowl
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
3–252011 season.600
Orange Bowl 2–131959 season.667
Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct)0–111950 season.000
Rose Bowl 2–022017 season1.000
Sugar Bowl 5–6112019 season.455
Sun Bowl 1–1–131985 season.400
Taxslayer Bowl
(formerly Gator Bowl)
3–1–152015 season.600

Head coaches

Head coaches of the Bulldogs dating from 1892. [14] [15] [ better source needed ]

1 Charles Herty 18921–1.500
2 Ernest Brown 18932–2–1.500
3 Robert Winston 18945–1.833
4 Glenn "Pop" Warner 1895–18967–4.636
5 Charles McCarthy 1897–18986–3.667
6 Gordon Saussy 18992–3–1.417
7 E. E. Jones 19002–4.333
8 Billy Reynolds 1901–19025–7–3.433
9, 11 Marvin D. Dickinson 1903, 19054–9.308
10 Charles A. Barnard 19041–5.167
12 George S. Whitney 1906–19076–7–2.467
13 Branch Bocock 19085–2–1.688
14 & 15 James Coulter & Frank Dobson 19091–4–2.286
16 W. A. Cunningham 1910–191943–18–9.656
17 Herman Stegeman 1920–192220–6–3.741
18 George "Kid" Woodruff 1923–192730–16–1.649
19 Harry Mehre 1928–193759–34–6.626
20 Joel Hunt 19385–4–1.550
21 Wally Butts 1939–1960140–86–9.615
22 Johnny Griffith 1961–196310–16–4.400
23 Vince Dooley 1964–1988201–77–10.715
24 Ray Goff 1989–199546–34–1.574
25 Jim Donnan 1996–200040–19.678
26 Mark Richt 2001–2015145–51.740
27 Kirby Smart 2016–present44–12.786

Coaching awards

Vince Dooley – 2001
Vince Dooley – 1980
Brian VanGorder – 2003


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. [16] 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. [17]

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.


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Uga VI Official Photo
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Sanford Stadium


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. [20]

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. [20]

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.


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 [27] [28] [29] 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.


The series with Auburn dates to 1892. Auburn leads the series 61–56–8 through the 2020 season. [30]


The series with Clemson dates to 1897. Georgia leads the series 42–18–4 through the 2020 season. [31]


The series with |Florida dates to 1915. The series record is disputed, with Georgia claiming a lead of 53–44–2 through the 2020 season. [32]

Georgia Tech

The series with Georgia Tech dates to 1893. Georgia leads the series 68–41–5 through the 2020 season. [33]

South Carolina

The series with South Carolina dates to 1894. Georgia leads the series 52–19–2 through the 2020 season. [34]


The series with Tennessee dates to 1899. Georgia leads the series 25–23–2 through the 2020 season. [35]


The series with Vanderbilt dates to 1893. Georgia leads the series 58–20–2 through the 2020 season. [36]


The series with Alabama dates to 1895. Alabama leads the series 41–25–4 through the 2020 season. [37]


National award winners


The Bulldogs have had 80 players selected to the All-America team through the 2019 season. [38] :182–187[ obsolete source ] Through the 2019 season, there have been 36 consensus selections of which 11 were unanimous. [39] [ obsolete source ]

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

Retired numbers

21 Frank Sinkwich HB 1941–1943
34 Herschel Walker RB 1980–1982
40 Theron Sapp RB 1955–1958
62 Charley Trippi HB 1942, 1945–1946

Hall of Fame inductees

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Four former Georgia players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [40]

Charley Trippi HB 1942, 1945–19461968
Fran Tarkenton QB 1958–19601986
Terrell Davis RB 1991–19942017
Champ Bailey DB 1996–19982019

College Football Hall of Fame

Seventeen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. [20] In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn. [41]


Bob McWhorter HB 1910–19131954
Frank Sinkwich HB1940–19421954
Charley Trippi HB1942, 1945–19461959
Vernon "Catfish" Smith E 1929–19311979
Bill Hartman FB 1935–19371984
Fran Tarkenton QB 1958–19601987
Bill Stanfill DT 1966–19681998
Herschel Walker RB 1980–19821999
Terry Hoage S 1980–19832000
Kevin Butler PK 1981–19842001
John Rauch QB1945–19482003
Jake Scott FS1966–19682011
Matt Stinchcomb OT1995–19982018


Glenn "Pop" Warner1895–18961951
Vince Dooley1964–19881994
Wally Butts1939–19601997
Jim Donnan1996–20002009

Future opponents

Non-division opponents

Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[ when? ] [42]

at Auburn vs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburn
vs Arkansas at Mississippi State vs Ole Miss at Texas A&M vs LSU

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of April 26, 2020. [43]

vs Clemson 1vs Oregon 1at Oklahoma vs Clemson 1at UCLA UCLA at Florida State at Texas Texas Clemson at Ohio State Clemson at Clemson
UAB Samford UAB Tennessee Tech Austin Peay Western Kentucky at Georgia Tech Florida State at Clemson Ohio State Oklahoma Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech
Charleston Southern Kent State at Georgia Tech UMass Charlotte Georgia Tech Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech
at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech
  1. Neutral-site matchups with Clemson (2021) will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina and Oregon (2022) and Clemson (2024) will be held in Atlanta.

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