|Georgia Bulldogs football|
|Athletic director||Josh Brooks|
|Head coach||Kirby Smart |
7th season, 81–15 (.844)
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Past conferences||SIAA (1895–1921)|
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
|All-time record||868–428–54 (.663)|
|Bowl record||37–21–3 (.631)|
|Playoff appearances||3 (2017, 2021, 2022)|
|Claimed national titles||4 (1942, 1980, 2021, 2022)|
|Unclaimed national titles||4 (1920, 1927, 1946, 1968)|
|National finalist||3 (2017, 2021, 2022)|
|Conference titles||16 (SIAA: 1896, 1920, SEC: 1942, 1946, 1948, 1959, 1966, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2005, 2017, 2022)|
|Division titles||12 (1992, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2017–2019, 2021, 2022)|
Georgia Tech (rivalry)
South Carolina (rivalry)
|Colors||Red and black|
|Fight song||Hail to Georgia|
|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 claims four consensus national championships (1942, 1980, 2021, and 2022); while the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion three times (1980, 2021, and 2022). 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' other accomplishments include 16 conference championships, of which 14 are SEC championships, second-most in conference history, and appearances in 61 bowl games, second-most all-time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, five number-one National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards. In addition to its storied history, the team is known for its unique traditions and rabid fan base, known as the "Bulldog Nation." Georgia has won over 860 games in its history, placing them 9th all-time in wins and has finished in the Top 10 of the AP Poll 27 times, 14 of which were Top 5 finishes.
Main article: History of Georgia Bulldogs football
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 14, behind Alabama (27).[better source needed]
Georgia has been selected eight times (1920, 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980, 2021, 2022) as national champions from NCAA-designated major selectors. Georgia claims four national championships (1942, 1980, 2021, and 2022). In 1980 they finished as the only undefeated team after a victory in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, and were named the national champions by all four major consensus selectors  (AP, Coaches, FWAA, and NFF). In 2021 they won the College Football Playoff, defeating Alabama in the CFP National Championship Game, ending a 41 year title drought. In 2022 they won the 2023 CFP National Championship Game after going 15-0 as the only undefeated team.
|Year||Coach||Selector||Record||Bowl||Final AP||Final Coaches|
|1942||Wally Butts||Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Houlgate, Litkenhous, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Williamson||11–1||Won Rose||No. 2||–|
|1980||Vince Dooley||AP, Coaches, FWAA, NFF†||12–0||Won Sugar||No. 1||No. 1|
|2021||Kirby Smart||College Football Playoff††||14–1||Won Orange (CFP Semifinal)
Won CFP National Championship Game
|No. 1||No. 1|
|2022||Kirby Smart||College Football Playoff||15-0||Won Peach (CFP Semifinal)||No.1||No.1|
† Other consensus selectors for 1980 included Berryman, Billingsley, Rothman, Football News, Helms, NCF, Poling, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News
†† Other consensus selectors for 2021 include AP, FWAA/NFF, USAT/AMWAY (Coaches)
|Year||Coach||Selector||Record||Bowl||Opponent||Result||Final AP||Final Coaches|
|1927||George Cecil Woodruff||Berryman, Boand, Poling||9–1||None||–||–|
|1946||Wally Butts||Williamson||11–0||Sugar||North Carolina||W 20–0||No. 3||–|
|1968||Vince Dooley||Litkenhous||8–1–2||Sugar||Arkansas||L 2–16||No. 8||No. 4|
Claimed national championship
Georgia has won a total of 16 conference championships, eleven outright and five shared. The school's 14 Southeastern Conference Championships rank it second all time in SEC history, behind only Alabama.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1896†||SIAA||Glenn "Pop" Warner||4–0||3–0|
Georgia has won eleven SEC Eastern Division championships, and has made nine appearances in the SEC Championship Game, most recently in 2022. The Dawgs are 4–6 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 61 bowl games, second all-time. UGA has a bowl record of 36–21–3. Their 36 wins rank the Dawgs second all-time in bowl wins. They have played in a record 18 different bowls including appearances in five of the New Year's Six Bowl Games (2 Rose, 4 Orange, 3 Cotton, 7 Peach, and 11 Sugar Bowls) and appearances in the 2018, 2022, and 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship.
|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 Bowl||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 OT|
|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 OT|
|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 3OT|
|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 (CFP Semifinal)||Oklahoma||W 54–48 2OT|
|2017||Kirby Smart||CFP National Championship||Alabama||L 23–26 OT|
|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|
|2021||Kirby Smart||Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal)||Michigan||W 34–11|
|2021||Kirby Smart||CFP National Championship||Alabama||W 33–18|
|2022||Kirby Smart||Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal)||Ohio State||W 42–41|
|2022||Kirby Smart||CFP National Championship||TCU||W 65–7|
|Bowl||Record||Appearances||Last appearance||Winning %|
|Duke's Mayo Bowl
(played game under Belk Bowl title)
|Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)||0–1||1||1978 season||.000|
(played game under Tangerine Bowl, Citrus Bowl, and Capital One Bowl titles)
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl||5–2||7||2022 season||.714|
|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|
(played games under Hall of Fame Bowl and Outback Bowl titles)
|Orange Bowl||3–1||4||2021 season||.750|
|Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct)||0–1||1||1950 season||.000|
|Rose Bowl||2–0||2||2017 season||1.000|
|Sugar Bowl||5–6||11||2019 season||.455|
|Sun Bowl||1–1–1||3||1985 season||.400|
(played games under Gator Bowl and Taxslayer Bowl titles)
Main article: List of Georgia Bulldogs head football coaches
Head coaches of the Bulldogs dating from 1892.[better source needed]
|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|
|Name||Position||Consecutive season at Georgia in current position||Previous position|
|Todd Monken||Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks||3rd||Cleveland Browns – Offensive coordinator (2019)|
|Glenn Schumann||Co-defensive coordinator / inside linebackers||4th||Georgia – Inside linebackers (2016–2018)|
|Will Muschamp||Co–defensive coordinator / safeties||1st||Georgia – Defensive analyst / special teams coordinator (2021)|
|Scott Cochran||Special teams coordinator||3rd||Alabama – Head strength & conditioning (2007–2019)|
|Todd Hartley||Tight ends||4th||Miami – Tight ends / special teams coordinator (2016–2018)|
|Dell McGee||Run game coordinator / running backs||3rd||Georgia – Assistant head coach / running backs (2016–2018)|
|Tray Scott||Defensive line||6th||North Carolina – Defensive line (2015–2016)|
|Bryan McClendon||Pass game coordinator / wide receivers||1st||Oregon – Interim head coach / pass game coordinator / wide receivers (2021)|
|Chidera Uzo–Diribe||Outside linebackers||1st||SMU – Defensive line (2021)|
|Fran Brown||Defensive backs||1st||Rutgers – Defensive backs (2020–2021)|
|Stacy Searels||Offensive line||1st||North Carolina – Offensive line (2019–2021)|
|Scott Sinclair||Director of strength & conditioning||7th||Marshall – Director of strength & conditioning (2013–2015)|
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.
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.
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 emerging rivalries with the Tennessee Volunteers and South Carolina Gamecocks. From 1944 to 1965, the Bulldogs played each season against the Alabama Crimson Tide. While the two bordering schools no longer play annually, they have faced off against each other in three SEC Championship Games and two College Football Playoff National Championships since 2010, bringing the once dormant rivalry back to prominence.
Main article: Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
Georgia's oldest and longest-running rivalry is the series with Auburn, which dates to 1892. As it is the oldest rivalry still contested between teams in the South, the series is referred to by both schools as the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry". Although historically close, Georgia has won 15 out of the last 18 matchups and leads the series 63–56–8 through the 2022 season.
Main article: Clemson–Georgia football rivalry
Although no longer contested annually, the series with Clemson dates to 1897. The two schools are separated by a mere 70 miles and played annually from 1962 to 1987. The rivalry took on national importance in the early 1980s, when both Georgia and Clemson won national titles and were consistently highly ranked. The rivalry is renewed on an intermittent basis, with the next matchup scheduled in 2024. Georgia leads the series 43–18–4 through the 2021 season.
Main article: Florida–Georgia football rivalry
Played annually (except for two occasions) at the neutral-site of Jacksonville, Florida since 1933, the Georgia-Florida rivalry is known nationwide for its associated tailgating and pageantry, being referred to as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party", although that name is no longer used officially. The Georgia-Florida rivalry annually carries importance in the SEC race as the two schools have combined for 23 appearances in the SEC Championship game. The series record is disputed, with Georgia claiming a lead of 55–44–2 through the 2022 season.
Main article: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
Dating to 1893, the series with the in-state Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets has traditionally been played as the final regular season game of the season and was historically Georgia's most important and fierce rivalry. Since 2000 Georgia has dominated the series, winning 18 out of 21 matchups, lessening the importance of the once-close series. Georgia leads the series 70–41–5 through the 2022 season.
Main article: Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry
The series with South Carolina dates to 1894. The border-rivalry gained importance when South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, and gained intensity when former Florida coach, Steve Spurrier, coached the Gamecocks from 2006 to 2015. Georgia leads the series 54–19–2 through the 2022 season.
Main article: Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry
The series with Tennessee dates to 1899. The annual rivalry began in 1992 upon the creation of the SEC Eastern Division and annually plays an important role in deciding the division champion. Georgia and Tennessee are the third and second most winningest SEC programs behind only Alabama. Georgia leads the series 27–23–2 through the 2022 season.
Main article: Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry
The series with Vanderbilt dates to 1893. Georgia leads the series 59–20–2 through the 2021 season.
Main article: Alabama–Georgia football rivalry
The series with Alabama dates to 1895. Alabama leads the series 42–26–4 through the 2021 season.
The Bulldogs have had 84 players selected to the All-America team through the 2019 season.: 182–187 [obsolete source] Through the 2021 season, there have been 39 consensus selections of which 15 were unanimous.[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
See also: List of NCAA football retired numbers
|62||Charley Trippi||HB||1942, 1945–1946||1947|||
See also: Pro Football Hall of Fame
Five former Georgia players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|Charley Trippi||HB||1942, 1945–1946||1968|
See also: College Football Hall of Fame
Nineteen 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.[when?]
|at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn|
|vs Ole Miss||at Texas A&M||vs LSU|
Announced schedules as of January 26, 2023.
|UT Martin||vs Clemson1||at UCLA||UCLA||at Florida State||at Texas||Texas||Clemson||at Ohio State||Clemson||at Clemson||at NC State||at Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech|
|Ball State||Tennessee Tech||Austin Peay||Western Kentucky||Louisville||Florida A&M||at Clemson||North Carolina A&T||Western Carolina||Georgia Tech||NC State||Georgia Tech|
|UAB||UMass||Charlotte||at Louisville||at Georgia Tech||Florida State||at Georgia Tech||Ohio State||at Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech|
|at Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
At the Aria Hotel here Tuesday night, Davey Pollack, the three-time All-America defensive end…was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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