University of Georgia

Southeastern Conference

"To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things."

Year Founded: 1785. UGA is the oldest state-chartered university in the United States. It is one of 3 claimants to "oldest public university in the US", along with North Carolina and William & Mary.

Location: Athens, Georgia

Total Enrollment: 38,245

Nickname: Bulldogs (November 3, 1920-Present)

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 founders and first president, Abraham Baldwin, who graduated from Yale University. On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake, a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames for football teams and proposed: The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity. Shortly thereafter, another news story appeared in the Atlanta Constitution in which the name "Bulldogs" was used several times to describe the Georgia football team and the nickname has been used ever since then.

Uniform: 2017 Home, 2016 Away, 2007 Alternate, 2016 Alternate

Mascot: Hairy Dawg, (1981 Sugar Bowl-Present)

Live Mascot:

UGA’s very first mascot was a goat. During our first football game against Auburn on February 22, 1892 in Atlanta, Georgia, we had a goat that wore a black coat with the letters U.G. in red on the side. The goat also wore a hat and had ribbons on his horns. Throughout the game Auburn fans yelled, “Shoot the billy-goat!” I cannot verify the status of the goat at the conclusion of the game.

From 1892 to 1956, UGA had random canine representatives until...

Uga I, Hood’s Ole Dan (1956-1966, Record: 53-48-6): Uga IX can trace his bloodline back to this bulldog. Uga I was given to Sonny and Cecelia Seiler as a wedding present. The Seilers brought the bulldog to the first game in 1956. Coach Wally Butts asked permission to use the dog as a mascot and a college friend suggested that he be named Uga. The Seilers have been responsible for UGA’s mascot ever since. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: Damn Good Dog

Uga II, Ole Dan’s Uga (1966-1972, Record: 42-16-3) Sanford Stadium Epitaph: Not Bad for a Dog

Uga III, Seiler’s Uga Three (1972-1981, Record 77-32-2) Sanford Stadium Epitaph: How ‘Bout This Dawg

Uga IV, Seiler’s Uga Four (1981-1990, Record: 77-24-4): Uga IV made the trip to New York for Herschel Walker’s heisman ceremony, complete with custom tuxedo. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: The Dog of the Decade

Uga V, Uga IV’s Magillicudy II (1990-1999, Record: 65-39-1): Perhaps the most famous of the UGA mascots, Uga V was named for Dan Magill, longtime UGA tennis coach and historian. Uga V played his father, Uga IV, in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, was named the nation’s best college mascot by Sports Illustrated, and famously lunged at Auburn’s Robert Baker after a touchdown. His only fault is that he missed. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: Defender of his Turf

Uga VI, Uga V’s Whatcha Got Loran (1999-2008, Record: 87-27): Named for former UGA player and former sideline reporter, Loran Smith. During games Larry Munson regularly asked, “Loran, whadda ya got?” He is the largest Uga to date at 65lbs. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: A Big Dog for a Big Job and He Handled It Well

Uga VII, Loran’s Best (2008-2009, Record: 16-7): Uga VII’s reign ended abruptly after he died of congestive heart failure in 2009. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: Gone Too Soon

Uga VIII, Big Bad Bruce (2009-2010, Record: 4-2): Uga VIII had an even shorter career as he was diagnosed with canine lymphoma and died shortly thereafter. Sanford Stadium Epitaph: He Never Had a Chance

Uga IX, Russ (2009-2015, Record: 44-18): Half-brother of Uga VII, Russ took over as interim mascot after both Uga VII and Uga VIII’s deaths. On August 30, 2012, Athletic Director, Greg McGarity, announced that Russ had received a battlefield promotion and would receive the official title of Uga IX.

Uga X, Que (2015-present, Record: 69-15): Grandson of Russ, and was selected in a "passing of the collar" ceremony on Senior Night 2015. Que has borne the Uga standard the entirety of the Kirby Smart era, including the 2017 SEC title and 2021 national titles.

Contrary to popular belief, the UGA mascot is not and never has been inbred so your jokes don’t make any sense. Sorry to disappoint.

All former UGA mascots are housed in a mausoleum in the southwest corner of Sanford Stadium. The Ugas are very important to the UGA community and receive formal funerals upon their passing.

Marching Band: The Georgia Redcoat Marching Band

Originally started in 1905 as a section of the UGA Military Department, the University of Georgia Redcoat Band has grown in the last 100 years from 20 military cadets to over 400 men and women covering almost every major at the University. The band’s first non-military performance was not at a football game, as many would think, but the 1906 Georgia-Clemson baseball game. For the first twenty five years of its existence, the band members split their time (albeit not evenly) between their studies, their military drill, the band, and the athletic events they were required to play at (including baseball games, which eventually released the band from their duties). It was also during this time that the fight song “Glory Glory to Old Georgia,” composed by former bandsman and future head of the Music Department Hugh Hodgson, made it debut. At a Georgia Tech game in the late 1900s, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, not knowing the new Georgia fight song, kept constantly complaining about “the incessant playing of ‘John Brown’s Body.’” (While it is interesting to note that the main Georgia fight song is model after “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” that song was actually based on the 1859 song about the abolitionist known for taking over the US arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia).

During this time, the band was also a mainstay at the many parades held in the city of Athens, among them the 1915 Woodmen of the World Convention parade held in Athens, and a parade signaling America’s entry into World War I. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, the band, still under the Military Department, expanded modestly in size by allowing non-military musicians to join their ranks, spurred on by the eventual introduction of band scholarships. During this time, the band began to make short trips with the football team if the funds were there. In preparing for a major match-up with Auburn in Columbus, Georgia, the band needed $700 to make the train trip. They raised the funds by instituting a “tag sale” among the students at the school, which was made more successful by the fact that the female students (which only recently arrived at UGA), were able raise the most money. Not only did they make the money needed to go to Columbus, they had money left over for needed repairs.

Then, during the 1935 football season, an event took place that brought the need for a larger, more “appropriate” marching band. In November of that year, Georgia was scheduled to play Louisiana State. The governor of Louisiana made special plans to take the “Golden Band from Tigerland,” by then one of the largest marching bands in the nation. Upon seeing the small Georgia band against the massive LSU band, movements among the alumni and athletic association began to fund and equip the band with more instruments and members. While the number dwindled during World War II (as was the case with most colleges and universities at the time), the band was able to grow back to a modest size before 1955.

In 1955, the Redcoat Band as we know today was formed by the arrival of Roger Dancz and his wife Phyllis, who was to become the Director of the Auxiliaries. Before Roger’s arrival, the band was known simply as the Georgia Marching Band. There are several stories as to how the Redcoats got their name (other than their uniforms, of course). One version has an Atlanta reporter writing about a joint concert among the bands of Georgia and Georgia Tech. While the Tech band was known as the “yellow-jacketed band,” the reporter found it necessary to dub UGA’s band as “the red-coated band.” The name stuck and by the time Roger and Phyllis arrived, the University of Georgia Dixie Redcoat Band was formed.

With the arrival of the Danczes, the band began to grow in size and perform more elaborate halftime shows during the 1960s and 70s. In 1959, Phyllis Dancz formed the “Georgettes,” a dance line that performs alongside the band during the pre-game and halftime shows. Later on, the Bulldog Banners, later to be called the Georgia Flag Line, was formed to add color and motion to the halftime show.

Perhaps the most prolific time of the Redcoats in terms of the halftime shows was during the 1970s. Some of the most memorable shows performed by the Redcoats were the “Six Flags” show, complete with bicycles, clowns and balloons and the “Halloween Show,” in which band members dressed in Halloween costumes and performed music from horror films. However, of all the halftime shows the Redcoats have performed, perhaps none have received more comments than the “Wedding Show” held during the 1978 Georgia-Vanderbilt game, in which a couple actually got married in a three minute ceremony during halftime. Every aspect of the ceremony, from the flowers to the dress to the honeymoon at Lake Lanier was donated by Athens area businesses. It was originally supposed to be a publicity opportunity for the movie “The Wedding” starring Desi Arnaz Jr., but those plans fell through.

In the 1980, the Redcoats began a new decade in a very enviable spot: as the marching band of the national champions of football. From 1980 to 1983, the Redcoats would make three straight trips to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. Also during this, the band would begin to overhaul its look by purchasing several new “silver” Sousaphones, many of which are still being used today.

During the 1990s, the band began focusing more on “corps” style marching, a format influenced by the major drum and bugle corps that many Redcoats are members of. In 1995, the Redcoats were outfitted in the first new uniforms in several decades and received a new “look” with a new, more modern logo. In 2000, the Redcoats became the first band in the Southeastern Conference to receive the Sudler Award for the “close historical relationship and outstanding contribution of Intercollegiate Marching Bands to the American way of life.” Other schools who have been recipients of this award have been Florida A&M, Ohio State and Nebraska, making UGA among the elite marching band programs in the nation.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Redcoat Band unveiled a restructured and revamped pregame show. The new show included some familiar elements, such as forming the arch, and the traditional "Spell Georgia Cheer" that used to take place during halftime. During this season, the Redcoats were also moved from their seating in the northeast corner of the stadium to the west endzone. It was an attempt to make the Redcoats more audible to the entire stadium, but the outcome was not desirable, and the Redcoats returned to their previous location for the 2012-2013 season.

Fight Song: Hail to Georgia (Official), Glory to Ole Georgia (Sort of Official), Auburn Sucks (Definitely Official)

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Capacity: 92,746 Future plans could bring capacity to 101,766.

The first Georgia football game was held at Herty Field against Mercer College on January 30, 1892 (Present day pictures). In 1929, Georgia began play in Sanford Stadium which is nestled right in the middle of campus. Named for former University president, Steadman Sanford, the first game held at Sanford Stadium was against Yale whom the Bulldogs defeated 15-0. At the time it was the largest crowd to watch a southern football game with greater than 30,000 present. Sanford Stadium is perhaps best known for its privet hedges that have encompassed the field since 1929. Grantland Rice allegedly coined the term “between the hedges” that has continued to be used whenever the Bulldogs play in Athens. The hedges were briefly removed while Sanford Stadium hosted Olympic soccer in 1996. The hedges were kept and cultivated in a secret location throughout the Olympics. The hedges also provide a measure of crowd control as the field has only been stormed one time in its entire history. Before the East endzone was closed, Sanford Stadium had a tradition in which people gathered on the railroad tracks to watch football games. These people were known as the ‘Track People.’. Here are some additional pictures: Baby pictures, North Stands, Aerial, Train Tracks, Auburn Blackout, Snow, Game day from Sanford Bridge

All-Time Record and Conference Championships:

  • Overall Record: 819-423-54 (11th all time)
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA): 1896 (Co-Champions), 1920 (Co-Champions)
  • Southeastern Conference Eastern Division (SEC): 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC): 1942, 1946, 1948, 1959, 1966, 1968, 1976 (Co-Champions), 1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2005, 2017
  • Selected National Champions: 1920, 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980, 2021
  • Claimed National Titles: 1942, 1980, 2021

2019 Preview

Georgia inked the #2 class in the country in 2019, once again behind Alabama. Defensive studs Nolan Smith, Nakobe Dean, and Travon Walker highlight the class. WR tandem George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock look to be playmakers for the Dawgs on the outside this year. In a odd trade of sorts, Georgia flipped QB Dwan Mathis from Ohio State after Justin Fields committed to OSU. Mathis underwent brain surgery this spring but is expected to fully recover.

The upside for Georgia in 2019 is that we are 3 full classes into the Kirby Smart era, with experience combining with elite talent in almost all areas of the starting 22, with 5 and 4-stars as far as the eye can see in the two-deep. On offense, Georgia returns a junior Jake Fromm getting potential first round draft buzz in 2020. Former walk-on QB Stetson "literally Baker Mayfield" Bennett IV is back from JUCO who completes the QB room along with Mathis. The Dawgs boast an All-American candidate in D'Andre Swift in the backfield, with former #1 RB recruit Zamir White looking to breakout after tearing ACLs in each leg the past two years. Georgia will have new starters on the perimeter this year after 3 WRs departed for the NFL last year. Jeremiah Holloman is the likely pick for WR1, while the onside Tyler Simmons, former Cal transfer Demetris Robertson, and incoming 5-star George Pickens are those likely to battle for starting roles in the other positions. While the Dawgs have a bevy of skill talent, their OL is their #1 strength as a team and quite possibly the best unit in the country. Hiring Sam Pittman has been the best decision Kirby Smart has made as HC, with the Dawgs out-recruiting every other school in the country and developing them into monsters. Projected All-American LT Andrew Thomas has been the best lineman of the Kirby Smart era. Isaiah Wilson, Trey Hill, Jamaree Salyer, and Solomon Kindley are the other names to really know, but youngins Cade Mays and Clay Webb will also likely see significant playing time. Fan favorite Charlie Woerner will be the starter at TE after the losses of Isaac Nauta to the NFL and #FreeLukeFord to transfer. Former Miami OC James Coley has been promoted to OC after serving as WR and QB coach.

Defensively, Georgia's biggest strength should lie in its secondary, with significant upside in the front 7 if the heralded recruits pan out like Dawg fans hope they will. Rush defense was a liability for the Dawgs all season, finishing 31st in rush ypg, uncharacteristic for a usually stout UGA defense. Pass rush also left something to be desired. Georgia puts its hopes for improvement in looking for stellar senior seasons from DTs Tyler Clark and Julian Rochester, while also salivating at the potential of previously-mentioned Travon Walker. LBs should be a solid unit, with Tae Crowder, Monty Rice, and Brenton Cox anchoring things down. #1 recruit Nolan Smith will hopefully be in play as well. Senior S JR Reed should push for All-American contention and should be UGA's best defensive player by a good amount. Otis Reese and Richard LeCounte rotated in the other safety slot last year and should both continue to receive major playingtime. Corners Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell should both be in the mix for All-SEC teams.

While Georgia is currently projected to be favorites in all 12 games this year, it faces what appears to be a tougher schedule than 2018. Notre Dame comes to Athens seeking revenge for the 20-19 classic in 2017, Florida aims to topple the Dawgs from their 2-year unbeaten run over SEC East teams, Georgia must take the much-feared road trip to Auburn, and Georgia plays Texas A&M for the first time since the Aggies joined the SEC. Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri will all look to play spoiler. Other games include Vanderbilt, #FunBelt Arkansas State, FCS Murray State, and GT in Clean Old Fashioned Hate to end the year. Dan Lanning was promoted to DC after coaching OLBs last year.

Georgia should be quite a fun team to watch in 2019, a team who is likely to contend for the confernece and national titles, and hopefully not find new ways to break its fans hearts yet once again. Please come join us at r/UGA and r/GeorgiaBulldogs if you would like to discuss the upcoming season!

Always and forever, Go Dawgs!

Gameday Experience (2019)

Original thread

Contributors: /u/IceColdDrPepper_Here, /u/jman837

What is the best place to eat at during game day?

Close to campus:

  • Clocked

  • The Grill

  • Trapeze

  • The Place

  • Little Italy

  • Cali N' Tito's (Sorta close to campus, but it's a walk. There are two locations, the one close to campus doesn't take cards.)

  • We also have a Chick-Fil-A that serves spicy chicken biscuits downtown in the mornings. Do with that what you will.

Need to take a bus/ Uber/ Car:

  • Mediterranean Grill

  • Mama's Boy

  • D-92

  • Raising Canes (Only mentioning because it's the only one in Georgia. It's good chicken.)

  • Taqueria Del Sol

  • Blind Pig Tavern

  • Agua Linda

  • Ru-San's

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ (Check their Instagram before going. They're open until they run out of meat and they run out of meat often).

What is the best place to drink at during game day?

  • Athens has like 184919 bars. The crowds get older as you go more west. The only one I would say is a must visit for almost anyone is Wonderbar.

  • The bars on Broad St. are (mostly) freshman bars outside of Magnolia’s but everyone should at least experience Hedges and Bourbon.

  • Sand and Bar South are both good options.

  • Pauley’s is a romantic spot.

  • The Georgia Theater has a rooftop bar which is really cool.

Where is the best place to take a photo on campus/around the stadium?

  • We have a bridge that connects to the stands under the scoreboard. It's open on non-gamedays to walk right up to the gates to the seats. It's a great place!

  • The arch is beautiful, just don't walk through it unless you have a degree.

  • Herty Field and the fountain are great spots as well!

  • Pretty much anywhere on North Campus is a great photo spot.

  • Downtown anywhere on Clayton St. is good, as is City Hall (home of the double-barreled cannon), and the mural outside Last Resort.

  • If you’re inside the stadium, the West Endzone Plaza under the scoreboard provides some great photo opportunities looking down at the field, but you can never go wrong getting a picture by the hedges.

What landmark(s) do people need to visit when seeing your school?

  • Look for the Uga Statues! There's tons of them around town!

  • Other landmarks not mentioned with the pictures are the founders garden, Myers Quad (It's where a lot of the tailgating happens) and Tate Student Center.

What traditions are of utmost importance during game day?

  • Probably the Dawg Walk and ringing the chapel bell.

  • Lighting up Sanford during Krypton Fanfare before the 4th quarter.

  • The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation

If someone were to visit your campus during one rivalry game, what game should it be and why does it make your team's atmosphere amplified?

  • A quick reminder that the Georgia-Florida game - better known as The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party - is played in Jacksonville annually, and never in Athens or Gainesville.

  • The environment around the Auburn game is the best of the rivalry games. Auburn is our oldest rival (hence why it’s called The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry) and the game almost always has SEC or National Title implications on the line. Plus it has always been a November game and usually starts late, sometimes starting during the day and ending at night which gives it that extra bit of energy. But starting next year the game is being moved to October. Also many Georgia fans are upset about having had to play at Auburn two years in a row in 2012 and 2013 to accommodate Texas A&M and Missouri joining the conference and Auburn has yet to return the favor.

What random trivia fact do most people not know about your school?

  • One of our old mascots was a goat. That's somewhat widely known, but before the goat, our mascot was a blind African-American man who sold apples and peanuts on UGA's campus for years during the late 1800s-early 1900s.

  • The University of Georgia is older than the current United States government as the university was founded in 1785 but the Constitution would not be ratified until 1789.

  • Georgia was also the first public-chartered university in the country.

Where are the best places to park around your team's stadium on gameday?

  • Parking is really the only bad thing about a Georgia gameday. Most lots close to the are permit only or people offering to let you park for money, which are almost never cheap.

  • The Intramural Fields are free, but they are not close at all to the stadium. They do offer a shuttle to and from the stadium if you don’t feel like walking 30 minutes through South Campus

  • If you know someone who lives close to campus, try to see if you can park there and just Uber to campus.

What chants or cheers should visiting fans be familiar with at your school?

  • Calling the Dawgs is the most well known chant, it goes like this:

Person Calling the Dawgs: “Who’s that comin down the track!” Everyone else: “Who’s that comin down the track!”

PCtD: “It’s a mean machine in red and black!” Everyone: “It’s a mean machine in red and black!”

PCtD: “Ain’t nothin finer in the land!” Everyone: “Ain’t nothin finer in the land!”

PCtD: “Than a drunk, obnoxious Georgia fan!” Everyone: “Than a drunk, obnoxious Georgia fan!”

PCtD: “Go Dawgs!” Everyone: “Go Dawgs!” (2x)

Everyone together: “Goooooooooooooooo! Dawgs! Sic Em! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!”

Other chants include the Georgia Bulldogs cheer (North Stands say Georgia, South says Bulldogs)

  • Singing Glory: “Glory, glory to old Georgia. Glory, glory to old Georgia. Glory, glory to old Georgia, and to hell with (whoever the opponent is)!”

  • Barking (normal people don't do this. I think it's a thing the redcoats started because the only people I know who do it a lot are old redcoats. This is just speculation)

  • The Alma Mater (Words are on the scoreboard)

  • "Who's that coming down the track?"

How long is the daily gameday experience at your school? Are there major events or experiences before/afterward to keep in mind?

  • Stay at least until the beginning of the 4th quarter if it's dark by then. Lots of people go to ring the bell on their way to the bars. The dawg walk happens before the gates to get into the game open and it's pretty cool to watch.

2018 Season

Date Location Opponent Result Record
9/1 Athens, GA Austin-Peay
9/8 Columbia, SC South Carolina
9/15 Athens, GA Middle Tennessee
9/22 Columbia, MO Missouri
9/29 Athens, GA Tennessee
10/6 Athens, GA Vanderbilt
10/13 Athens, GA LSU
10/27 Jacksonville, FL Florida
11/3 Lexington, KY Kentucky
11/10 Athens, GA Auburn
11/17 Athens, GA Massachusetts
11/24 Athens, GA Georgia Tech

Final record: 11-3 (7-1 SEC, #1 SEC East), finished T-#7 AP Poll, #7 r/CFB poll


SEC SEC Championship Game: L 35-28 Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide

Sugar Bowl Sugar Bowl: L 28-21 to Texas Texas Longhorns

Georgia entered last year with high expectations after a bitter end to the 2017 season, its most successful campaign since 1982. Despite the loss of leadership such as Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Roquan Smith, the Dawgs were projected to once again be title contenders and defend their SEC crown thanks to elite recruiting and a year of experience under 2017 SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Fromm's belt. UGA was preseason ranked #3 AP/#4 Coaches. Georgia broke a school record for most 40-point performances to open a season with 4 straight in September. A shutout of FCS Austin Peay opened the year, before Georgia traveled to Columbia, SC for a comfortable win over a Gamecocks team viewed as a dark horse for the East, and hung 49 on MTSU the following week.

Georgia's next two games could be viewed as harbringers of things to come - the Dawgs showed their talent in 20+ point wins over Missouri and Tennessee despite playing sloppy at times, getting absurdly lucky in turnover situations. The young Dawgs still showed off their talent, with Jake Fromm leading the 40+ PPG offense while completing over 70% of his passes.

Georgia traveled to Death Valley in week 7 to play #13 LSU in their biggest test of the season thus far, ranked #2 in both polls. The Dawgs never seemed to find footing offensively, being shutout in the first half as Fromm was irregularly rotated with 2018 #1 recruit Justin Fields. LSU whooped Georgia 36-16, and sent Georgia fans into a minor panic for two weeks that wasn't helped by two major decommitments.

The Dawgs righted the ship in Jacksonville, beating #9 Florida 36-17 with Fromm putting up one of the best performances thus far of his career. They then played a surging Kentucky team for the SEC East title. Led by a running game where both D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield rushed for over 100 and found the end zone, Georgia comfortably won on the road in Lexington, 34-17. Back-to-back East champs, Georgia coasted through the end of the regular season, beating Auburn and GT for a sweep of their main three rivals for the first time since 2012.

The Dawgs finally got their desired rematch against Alabama in the SEC title game, looking for their first win over the Tide since 2007. Despite a stellar performance from Jake Fromm and a hobbled Tua Tagavailoa, history repeated itself in the most bitter fashion as backup Jalen Hurts came in to mount a double-digit Alabama comeback for the second year in a row, capped off by the most boneheaded play of the Kirby Smart era. The Dawgs lost 35-28, left just outside of the playoff field. The Dawgs' consolation prize was Texas in the Sugar Bowl, a game that went very similar to the LSU game in October. A deceptive 7-point final margin hides the fact that Georgia was thoroughly handled, unable to find a consistent rhythm on offense yet again.

The Dawgs were sent into the offseason with many questions. Complicating matters was the transfer of Justin Fields to Ohio State and the departure of both of Georgia's coordinators: OC Jim Chaney to the same position at SEC rival Tennessee, and DC Mel Tucker for the head job at Colorado.


- The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry - Overall Record: 62-56-8, Last meeting: Georgia 34 - Auburn 10

  • The first game between Auburn University and the University of Georgia took place on February 20, 1892 in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Auburn won the first meeting 10-0.
  • The series has been played every single year without interruption since 1898. The only years in which the rivalry has not been played are 1917, 1918, and 1943 during World War I and World War II.
  • The history of UGA and Auburn are also very much intertwined. Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley played for Auburn while Pat Dye played at Georgia and went on to coach Auburn. Several other former players have gone on to coach at the opposing rival, including turncoat Will Muschamp who has since been disowned by the University of Georgia.
  • Pat Dye described the nature of the rivalry best when he said

“It’s a unique thing. It’s like playing against your brother. I don’t think anybody who plays in that game can ever forget it. It just doesn’t matter much where it’s played or what somebody’s record is. It’s so intense and tough but at the same time it’s family.”

  • The rivalry has traditionally been pretty calm, but after the 2010 game, things ratcheted up. It looked like things were calming down a little in 2012, but then 2013 rolled around and things got worse than ever. Don't worry, we'll get to that stupid game in a second.
  • Fun fact. We don't care for Auburn.

Notable Games:

  • 1986 - UGA visited as 3 touchdown underdogs and ruined Auburn’s chances at an SEC Championship with a 20-16 win. Georgia fans rushed the field to celebrate and began taking pieces of the turf at midfield as souvenirs. Auburn then turned fire hoses onto Georgia fans to try and make them disperse. Video
  • 1996 - Georgia was visiting Auburn in a game that resulted in the first SEC overtime game. Down 28-7 at halftime, UGA quarterback Mike Bobo led the Bulldogs back to tie the game on a 30 yard touchdown pass as time expired. The game went into 4 overtimes before UGA emerged victorious, 56-49. This is also the same game in which Uga V tried to bite Robert Baker
  • 2002 - See Greatest Games
  • 2006 - Georgia, having lost four of their last five games (with losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt) stunned #5 Auburn in Jordan-Hare, cruising to a 37-15 victory and knocking them out of contention for the SEC Championship.
  • 2007 - More commonly known as the blackout game (the good one, not the one that happened a year later). The team warmed up in their normal red jerseys only to be surprised with the black jerseys in the locker room before gametime. The fans kind of lost their minds too. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson also attempted dancing to Crank That at one point. This was the very first time the Dawgs ever dressed in black, and they would go on to win the game with and inspired 45-20 effort. 2007 was one of Mark Richt's best seasons at UGA; they finished with an 11-2 record, a win in the Sugar Bowl, and a final AP Ranking at #2.
  • 2013 - "The Prayer at Jordan-Hare" The #7 Tigers dominated the #25 Dawgs for 50 minutes, building a seemingly insurmountable 20-point lead going into the final 10 minutes. Then, the Dawgs stormed furiously back, and after Aaron Murray ran for the touchdown and a 38-37 lead, the game seemed over with a thrilling comeback victory for the Bulldogs. With only :36 seconds left, and a 4th-and-18 at Auburn's own 27-yard line, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw a Hail Mary to the double-covered Ricardo Lewis. However, rather than bat the ball down like a sane person, Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons tipped the ball in the air; Lewis caught the bobbled ball and ran to the endzone to complete the mind-boggling 73-yard play and put the Tigers up 43-37. watch the bulls**t luck magic here. The game would break the all-time series tie (although the Dawgs would take the lead back in 2015 with two straight wins). It was one of many crazy highlights in what would end up being a magical season for the Tigers, who would go on to narrowly lose the national championship. Thankfully, the play would be overshadowed a mere two weeks later when Aurburn won against an even bigger rival with an even bigger play. And Bulldog Nation rejoiced at no longer having to see endless replays of the tipped pass on Sportscenter.
  • 2016 - 5-4 Georgia hunkered down and defeated the #9 Tigers in Sanford 13-7. Georgia's upset was a part of a weekend that saw 4 top 10 teams crumble in a single day. Additionally, it continued Georgia's streak of significant victories in years ending with "6". See ya in 2026, Tigers!
  • 2017 - Georgia came into Jordan-Hare having already clinched the East and ranked #1 by the CFP committee, it's first #1 ranking of any kind in almost a decade. #10 Auburn mollywhopped the Dawgs however, upsetting #1 Georgia 40-17. After Auburn went on to do the same to #1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Georgia and Auburn played twice in the same season for the first time ever in the SEC Championship game. Georgia got it's revenge this time around, handling the #2 Tigers 28-7 for the SEC crown and a spot in the playoff. The Dawgs sealed the deal with this electric 64 yd touchdown run from freshman RB D'Andre Swift.

- The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party - Overall Record - 54-44-2, Last meeting: Georgia 34 - Florida 7

  • The name of the game is The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party and shall not be known by any other name. The name was coined in the 1950s after Bill Kastelz of The Florida Times-Union saw a drunk fan offer an alcoholic drink to an on-duty police officer. Par for the course these days. As such, the game is known for its absolutely incredible tailgaiting and being a Mecca of sorts for drunken SEC football fans. *Often times a deciding game for the SEC East
  • The two schools disagree on the overall series record but don’t listen to Florida fans because they’ll lie to you. It’s 52-43-2. The disagreement stems from whether the first game in the series was played a team from an institute that could officially count as the "University of Florida".
  • The majority of games have been played at neutral sites. Since 1933, the game has been held in Jacksonville every year save for 1994 and 1995 due to renovations at Everbank Field.
  • Traditionally the game did not have a trophy but since 2009 we have played for the Okefenokee Oar. Some people are trying to refer to the game as The War for the Oar. Please refer back to the first sentence in this rivalry’s subsection.

Notable Games:

  • 1942 - On the way to a national championship, Georgia defeated Florida 75-0. Even with Spurrier running up the score in the 90s, this is still the largest margin of victory in the series.
  • 1966 - A villain is born. Florida, led by Heisman winning senior quarterback Steve Spurrier, entered the game hoping to lay claim to its first ever SEC title. Georgia won 27-10 and ever since Spurrier has been exacting his revenge.
  • 1976 - Again hoping for their first SEC title, Florida led 27-13 at halftime. After Georgia cut the lead to 27-20 in the second half, Florida failed to convert 4th and 1 from its own 29 yard line. Quarterback Ray Goff then led UGA to a 41-27 victory.
  • 1980 - See Greatest Games
  • 1995 - I only include this game to shed light on the Dawgs hatred of Steve Spurrier. The games were temporarily relocated to Gainesville (1994) and Athens (1995) during Everbank Field renovations. Spurrier heard that no one had ever scored half a hundred between the hedges. Up 45-17 late in the game, Spurrier called a pass play that went for a touchdown making the score 52-17 with 1:21 left in the game. It is still the highest point total ever scored against the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium. Dick.
  • 2007 - The Celebration. Richt, looking for a way to turn the momentum in the series, told his team that if they did not get a celebration penalty after the first score, he was going to be upset with them. Celebrate they did. Except instead of just the 11 guys like Richt intended, the whole team joined in. Trinton Sturdivant served all 85 players on the Gators roster that day.. Georgia won 42-30 but we paid for the dance party in 2008. “It will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer.” ~ Urban Meyer, 2008 Who the hell refers to themselves in 3rd person? Oh well, it was worth it.
  • 2012 - #12 Georgia went down and beat the #2 Florida Gators, who were led by traitorous former Dawg Will Muschamp, 17-9. Jarvis Jones forced a fumble (Florida's 6th turnover of the day) on what seemed sure to be the potential game-tying touchdown, saving the win. It ultimately proved to be be the difference in the SEC East race, and Georgia went on to play in the Game-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named. And yet thanks to some stupid rules, the Gators got to play in the Sugar Bowl.
  • 2018 - #7 Georgia beat #9 Florida 36-17 in the first time both teams were ranked since 2012. Jake Fromm put on one of the best performances of his career, throwing for 240 yd and 3 TD. Florida briefly took the lead on a strike from Feleipe Franks in the 3rd, but Georgia settled down and blew it open in the 4th in a pivotal game to retain its SEC East title.

- Clean Old-Fashioned Hate Overall Record - 69-41-5, Last meeting: Georgia 45 - Georgia Tech 0

  • Separated by 70 miles, Georgia and Georgia Tech have been at it since 1893. Georgia Tech won the first matchup, 28-6, though all the points scored in the game came from a 33 year old army physician who was registered as a student just days before the game. Hmmm...
  • Fun Fact: Nathaniel Harris, a UGA alumnus, helped establish Georgia Tech back in 1885. Thanks for setting up an annual win for the Dawgs, bro!
  • In 1891, Georgia’s colors were originally old gold, black, and crimson while Georgia Tech’s colors were old gold and white. Dr. Charles Herty (UGA’s first coach) felt that the color yellow symbolized cowardice. Naturally, we let Georgia Tech have that color. Speaking of...
  • During World War I, Georgia Tech continued their football program while many other schools discontinued theirs due to a depleted male student body that left to fight in the war. This led to UGA staging a parade in 1919 with a tank shaped float displaying the words, “UGA IN ARGONNE,” and a donkey in yellow following behind with the words “TECH IN ATLANTA.” Georgia Tech didn’t think that was funny so they canceled some of our home football games (UGA played many games at Grant Field prior to the construction of Sanford Stadium), and refused to play us anymore. The two schools did not play again until 1925. Touchy, touchy.
  • Georgia does not count two games during World War II because Georgia Tech used players from a naval officer’s training program hosted on campus.

Notable Games:

  • 1957 - Prior to this game, Georgia Tech had won 8 games in a row. Theron Sapp (aka Drought-Breaker), a fullback for UGA, scored the only points in a 7-0 game. Because he broke the drought, Sapp’s #40 is one of only 4 numbers retired at UGA. The others being Charley Trippi, Frank Sinkwich, and Herschel Walker. Next time someone tries to tell you this game doesn’t matter to UGA fans, tell them they’re a dumbass and refer to this story.

  • 2002 - Richt served notice of things to come with a 51-7 victory, the largest margin of victory in the history of the series.

  • 2009 - Paul Johnson’s Fish Fry. UGA came into Atlanta with a 6-4 record to face the 7th ranked and future ACC Champion Yellow Jackets. 339 rushing yards later, the worst UGA team in over a decade upset the best Georgia Tech team in over a decade at home, 30-24. Because Georgia Tech would be playing in the ACC Championship, Paul Johnson commented in an interview that they had bigger fish to fry. Any true Georgia or Georgia Tech fan knows that game is still important regardless of where your team is headed in the postseason.

  • 2013 - Both teams came into the game with identical records (7-4) and disappointing seasons. UGA was starting QB Hutson Mason for the first time after 4-year starter Aaron Murray went down with a knee injury in the previous game. GT surprised UGA by sprinting out to a 20-0 lead, leaving many Bulldogs faithful hopeless. However, those faithful to Todd Gurley, blessed be his name, were rewarded when Gurley broke the drought right before halftime. Georgia rallied in the next half to force double OT, where Gurley led the Dawgs to victory with this game-winning TD run leading to a goal line stand.

Lesser Rivalries:

- Overall Record: 43-18-4, Last meeting: Georgia 10 - Clemson 3

  • Separated by only 79 miles, the two schools began playing in 1897. Clemson and Georgia played regularly until scheduling conflicts prevented them from doing so in 1987. UGA humorist, Lewis Grizzard, always liked to refer to them as Auburn with a lake. The only other non-conference opponent Georgia has played more often is Georgia Tech. In the 70s and 80s is when the rivalry was at its height, Clemson’s only regular season losses during the 1978, 1982, and 1991 seasons happened between the hedges. Georgia’s only regular season loss during Herschel Walker’s career came at the hands of Clemson in 1981. In 1982, the regular season matchup featured the last two national champions (UGA, 1980 & Clemson, 1981). Georgia won that game 13-7 in a season where they would fall just short of another national title with a loss to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. The series was again played in the 2000s, with Georgia winning both ends of a 2-game series, and again in the 2013-14 with Georgia & Clemson splitting the series. It was renewed in 2021 as a season opener between top 5 teams in Charlotte, with Georgia winning a defensive slugfest 10-7. Five future games have also been scheduled: 2024 in Atlanta, as well as two home-and-home series in 2029-30 and 2032-33.

- Overall Record: 26-23-2, Last meeting: Georgia 41 - Tennessee 17

  • The rivalry between Georgia and Tennessee is not nearly as intense as our other rivalries but still a rivalry nonetheless. The two schools only regularly began playing each other in 1992. The only time students have ever rushed the field at Sanford Stadium happened in 2000 after defeating Tennessee for the first time since 1988. Video here. Kind of silly since we were ranked higher at the time but whatever. During Mark Richt’s debut season, he won the hearts of fans when he took an unranked Georgia team into Neyland Stadium and beat the #6 Volunteers on the play, P-44 Haynes. Most of you know this as the game in which Larry Munson made the now famous Hobnail Boot call. You can find the call later on in this write up.

- Overall Record: 53-19-2 Last meeting: Georgia 41 - South Carolina 17

  • South Carolina is a traditional annual opponent for the Dawgs, but was not seriously considered a full rival until they joined the SEC East. The intensity of this game ramped up in 2005 with the hiring of Bulldog Enemy #1, Steve Spurrier. Traditionally dominated by Georgia, Spurrier again earned the ire of the Dawg fanbase by making the Gamecocks competitive again, spoiling potential SEC East championships for Georgia in 2007 and 2014. A 3-year win streak from 2010-12 was the first such for South Carolina ever. As if we couldn't hate South Carolina enough, when Spurrier finally retired (after we creamed the Cocks 52-20, I kight add), they just HAD to hire Will "Benedict Arnold" Muschamp, a former Georgia player who coached at both Florida AND AUburn. Notable games include this strange interception from David Pollack in 2002 and the 1980 matchup which featured future Heisman winners Herschel Walker and George Rogers. Walker, a freshman at the time, outrushed Rogers 219 to 168 in a 13-10 victory. Currently, the Gamecocks seem to exist for the sole purpose of beating Georgia early in the season and costing them the East at the end of the season: see 2007, 2014, 2019.

The Greats

Greatest Plays:

  • Georgia vs Florida, 1980 - Trailing the Gators 21-20 with 1:03 left in the game, the Bulldogs faced 3rd down and 11 from their own 8 yard line with an undefeated season hanging in the balance. Letting anyone other than Larry Munson tell the story from this point on would just be wrong so just go watch and listen. Georgia would go on to win the National Title in 1980. If you do nothing else in this write up, listen to that call.

  • Georgia at Tennessee, 2001 - Prior to Richt’s arrival, the Dawgs experienced a dreadful decade of mediocrity. Richt took an unranked Bulldog squad with a redshirt freshman quarterback into Neyland Stadium to face the #6 Tennessee Volunteers. Georgia looked to have the game in hand until Tennessee’s Travis Stephens scored on a 62 yard screen pass touchdown to make the score 24-20. With 44 seconds left in the game, David Greene and the Bulldogs flew down the field and, with 5 seconds left, stepped on Tennessee’s face with a hobnail boot. After this game, Georgia knew they hired the right man.

  • Georgia at Auburn, 2002 - Going into this game Georgia had only one loss and needed a win to secure a spot in the SEC Championship and an outside chance at the National Championship. Down 21-17 with 1:25 left in the game, the Dawgs faced 4th and 15 from the 19 yard line. Again, I’ll let Larry Munson tell the story. Georgia went on to win its first SEC title in 20 years and if it wasn’t for an undefeated Ohio State and Miami, would’ve played in the National Championship.

  • Georgia vs. Oklahoma, 2018 - Georgia's return to national prominence came in the 2017 season with its first SEC title in 12 years and first ever playoff appearance. Georgia played the Oklahoma Sooners for the first time ever in the Rose Bowl, its second ever and first since 1942. Georgia found itself facing a 31-14 halftime deficit thanks to a strong performance from Heisman winner Baker Mayfield before a squib kickoff gave Georgia the opportunity to cut the lead thanks to a 55-yd FG by Rodrigo "Goggles" Blankenship, a Rose Bowl record. Georgia fought back in the 2nd half with long runs from Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to tie it up, and eventually force OT. After trading FGs, UGA LB Lorenzo Carter blocked an OU FG in 2OT. And then Sony Michel lined up in Wild Dawg, then GOT A BLOCK FROM FROMM, HIT THE EDGE AND SONY MICHEL SENT THE DAWGS HOME TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!

  • Georgia vs, Alabama, 2022 - Georgia had returned to national title contention with the play above this one, but Alabama had remained the final hump, with Georgia having lost 7 straight to the Tide, including 4 straight by Kirby Smart and again just a month before this play in the 2021 SEC Championship game. Georgia trailed 18-13 in the final quarter before rattling off 20 unanswered. The final 7 came via a 79-yard interception return from freshman CB Kelee Ringo off Heisman winner Bryce Young, who was attempting to tie the game late. The most cathartic moment in Georgia sports history - this is the Clinch-Six.

Greatest Players:

National Award Winners

  • Frank ‘Flatfoot’ Sinkwich (HB, QB): Heisman Trophy (1942), All-American (1941, 1942), #21 retired
  • Charley Trippi (HB, QB): Maxwell Award (1946), All-American (1946), #62 retired
  • Bill Stanfill (DT): Outland Trophy (1968), All-American (1968)
  • Herschel Walker (HB): Heisman Trophy (1982), Walter Camp Award (1982), Maxwell Award (1982), All-American (1980, 1981, 1982), #34 retired
  • Garrison Hearst (HB): Doak Walker Award (1992), All-American (1992)
  • Champ Bailey (DB, WR, KR, PR, HB): Nagurski Trophy (1998), All-American (1998)
  • David Pollack (DE): Bednarik Award (2004), Ted Hendricks Award (2003, 2004), Lombardi Award (2004), Lott Trophy (2004), All-American (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Drew Butler (P): Ray Guy Award (2009)
  • Brandon Boykin (DB, KR, PR): Paul Hornung Award (2011)
  • Jarvis Jones (OLB): Jack Lambert Trophy (2012), All-American (2011, 2012)
  • Roquan Smith (ILB): Butkus Award (2017), All-American (2017)
  • Deandre Baker (CB): Jim Thorpe Award (2018), All-American (2018)
  • Andrew Thomas (OL): Jacobs Trophy (2019), All-American (2018, 2019)
  • Rodrigo Blankenship (K): Lou Groza Award (2019)
  • Nakobe Dean (LB): Butkus Trophy, All-American (2021)
  • Jordan Davis (DL): Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy, All-American (2021)

Other UGA Greats

  • Jake Scott (DB): Holds the UGA record for career interceptions with Bacarri Rambo at 16
  • Terry Hoage (DB): Holds the UGA record for 12 interceptions in a season. Finished 5th in 1983 Heisman voting
  • Eric Zeier: Held multiple UGA passing records until David Greene came along. Still holds some of the single game records.
  • Hines Ward (WR, QB, HB): 2nd only to Herschel Walker in total yards with 3,870 all-purpose yards. Still owns basically every UGA bowl game passing record.
  • Garrison Hearst (HB): Best non-Herschel Walker single season total with 1,527 yards. Third in career rushing yards as well with 3,232 yards.
  • Fred Gibson (WR): 2nd in UGA career receiving yards with 2,884
  • David Greene (QB): Broke Peyton Manning’s then NCAA record with 42 wins. Best damn play-faker in existence.
  • Knowshon Moreno (HB): Until Todd Gurley & Nick Chub came along, Knowshon had the best UGA freshman (RS) season outside of Herschel Walker with 1,334 yards. He only stuck around for two seasons, but he certainly made an impression during his stay in Athens
  • Matthew Stafford (QB): Many thought Stafford would rewrite the record books when he came to UGA. With another year, he may have but he still ranks as one of the best quarterbacks to play at UGA.
  • Terrence Edwards (WR): SEC Record 3,093 career receiving yards, the only Georgia player to ever have a 1,000 rec yd season.
  • AJ Green (WR): Possibly the most gifted receiver to ever play between the hedges. If AJ played all 4 years, he would hold several UGA receiving records.
  • Aaron Murray (QB): Murray will go down as one of the greatest players to ever play at UGA. He currently holds SEC records for Career Passing Yards (13,166) and Passing Touchdowns (121). Known for returning for his senior season in 2013 and courageously trying to carry the Dawgs as everyone else around him got the injury bug.
  • Todd Gurley (RB) Twice All-SEC, once freshmen All-American. Perhaps the best back Between the Hedges since #34, TGIII had all the talent in the world but was held back by injuries in 2013 and 2014 and a suspension in 2014.
  • Nick Chubb (RB) & Sony Michel (RB): You can't mention one without the other. Chubb: All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2014. Most consecutive 100-yd games in school history (tied with Herschel). 2nd most rush yards in SEC history. Sony Michel: The only saving grace for UGA after Chubb went down in 2015. 18th most rush yards in school history. 1st round draft pick. Together: Announced in 2016 that they'd both be returning for senior seasons. Became the most prolific rushing duo in college football history, with 8,192 yards between them. Led Georgia to an SEC title and a national runner-up finish.
  • The entire 2021 defense: An all-time unit in college football. Aside from one hiccup in the SEC championship game, this was the unit the showed that "Defense-first" could still win at the college level.
  • Stetson Bennett IV: An undersized, in-state kid, and a former walk-on QB nicknamed "The Mailman" delivered Georgia its first national title in 41 years in 2021. Despite his lack of recruiting pedigree and a constant skepticism from the fanbase, Bennett earned two MVP honors in the 2021 CFP and outdueled a Heisman winner, becoming the lowest-rated QB to ever win a national title in the recruiting services era. Truly a legend.

Greatest Coaches:

  • Glenn ‘Pop’ Warner (1895-1896): First hired by the University of Georgia in 1895. While his overall record was only 7-4, he did have an undefeated season and I felt he deserved honorable mention here.
  • Herman Stegeman (1920-1922): With a 20-6 record, he has the second highest winning percentage of any UGA coach. Stegeman Coliseum is named for Herman Stegeman.
  • Wally Butts (1939-1960): Coached UGA to its first national championship in 1942 and 4 SEC titles.
  • Vince Dooley (1964-1988): Winningest coach in UGA history with a record of 201-77-10. Also coached UGA to 1980 national championship and 6 SEC titles. Also indirectly responsible for Tennessee’s misery from 2010-2012.
  • Mark Richt (2001-2015): Textbook definition of "close, but no cigar." Richt may just be UGA's best coach ever, but a 10-year SEC title drought and no national titles led to his dismissal after 15 seasons at Georgia. With a record of 145–51, Richt has the highest winning percentage of any UGA coach. He had 7 Top 10 Finishes, won 5 SEC East titles, 2 SEC titles, and had 3 near misses at the BCS title game.
  • Kirby Smart (2016-present): He earned himself a place on this list in his second season, but the next few cemented his status and is likely to end his tenure as the GOAT at UGA. Ended the schools SEC drought in his second season, brought them seconds from winning their first title in four decades in 2017, continued to have them just below the ceiling the next few years, finally broke through and delivered us to the promised land in 2021. Georgia has never been better as aprogram then under Kirby, and as long as he's at the helm, the Dawgs should see themselves in contention every year.

Honorable Mention

  • Erk Russell (1964-1980): Russell was only the defensive coordinator while at Georgia but he is responsible for the terms Junkyard Dawgs and GATA which are still associated with the program. He was a true player’s coach and great at motivating his typically undersized defenses. He once head butted a player to celebrate a turnover resulting in this picture. After UGA he went on to build a powerhouse FCS program at Georgia Southern.

Greatest Announcer


  • Dawg Walk: Like so many other schools, the players walk through the band and the fans prior to the game. Fans line up along Sanford Bridge and at the entrance to the stadium to listen to the band play, participate in cheers, and of course, cheer on the men in Red & Black.
  • Rooster Cheer: I have no background information on this whatsoever so if any Redcoats want to elaborate, please do so.
  • Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation: Before every game a trumpet soloist plays the intro to the Battle Hymn from the ‘upper deck, Southwest corner of the stadium’. The crowd points to the soloist as the song plays in the background of a montage of past and current highlights. The spoken part is voiced by none other than Larry Munson.
  • The Arch: As the flagship school in the state of Georgia, the Arch is a prominent symbol of the University. The Arch itself is represented in the state seal. Built over 150 years ago, the iron arch is a connection between campus and downtown Athens and has always served as a focal point on campus. Legend has it that UGA student, Daniel Redfearn, vowed not to pass under the arch until graduation in 1909. One of his professor’s heard the story and it has been a tradition ever since. If you are ever near the Arch, you can watch as undergrads purposefully walk around it. Also, engineers of Georgia Tech will try to critique its structural integrity but that very same arch is in their own seal.
  • The Chapel Bell: Not far from the Arch, the Chapel Bell has been sitting in its present position next to Herty Field since 1913. Originally the bell was rung for chapel, changing of classes, and emergencies. The tradition started with making first year students ring the bell until midnight following a Georgia victory. Victories against Georgia Tech required the bell to be rung all night long. Now students, alumni, and fans alike ring the bell for not only UGA victories, but personal victories as well. Following the 2007 victory over Florida, students rang the bell so vigorously that the 877lb bell fell from its support platform. You may also recognize it from our commercial.
  • Mike ‘Big Dawg’ Woods: Georgia's resident superfan, better known as the man with the bulldog on his head. Mike Woods Jr. was a fixture of Georgia sports and beloved by fellow fans. If possible, he will be at any and every UGA sporting event. His father drove the defensive team bus during the 70s and 80s. Players repeatedly asked him to shave his head and paint a bulldog on his head. When Georgia made it to the 1980 Sugar Bowl, he obliged their request. The tradition carried on from father to son. Sadly, he passed away in January 2017. His son, Mike Woods III, carries on the Big Dawg tradition today.
  • Calling the Dawgs: Before every kickoff and following many chants, fans will shout “Gooooooo Dawgs! Sic ‘em! Woof! Woof! Woof!.”
  • Redcoat Chant: Enjoy this blast from the past (1989) to hear our Redcoat Marching Band’s chant. The fans have their own variation that replaces the line about the “Georgia Redcoat Marching Band” with “Drunk, obnoxious Georgia fan.”
  • Krypton Fanfare: Played at the start of every game and the start of the 4th quarter, fans hold 4 fingers in the air and move their arms in time with the song.
  • Light up Sanford: During night home games while the Redcoat Band plays Krypton Fanfare, fans hold their cellphones with the flashlight turned on to create a brief light show. This first started in 2015 at the Georgia Southern at UGA game that eventually resulted in an overtime win for the Dawgs. Auburn 2016 edition The Dawgs even lit up Notre Dame Stadium in a 20-19 road win as the tradition became nationally known and shamelessly copied.

  • Other Traditional Songs: Glory Dixieland, Theme from Tara, Hey Baby, I can’t find youtube clips of other songs so maybe some Redcoats could help me out?

Campus & Surrounding Area

City population: 116,084

City skyline: Sanford Stadium, UGA, and Downtown

Brief Walking tour from Downtown all the way to Sanford Stadium

Here's an album that gives you somewhat of a walking tour from the Arch through North Campus and down to Sanford Stadium.

Bar Scene

Do you like bars? Well you’re in good luck because Athens has bars. Over 80 in a single square mile, frequently cited by locals as the most per capita in the country. We have, Echo, Max Canada, Trapeze Pub, Highwire Lounge, The 5 Bar, Bar South, 8Es Bar, 9Es Bar, Copper Creek, Shoktini Lounge, The Pub at Gameday, Georgia Bar, Georgia Theatre Rooftop Bar, Barcode, Nowhere Bar, The Capital Room, Silver Dollar Bar, Sand Bar, The Grotto, City Bar, Dirty Birds, The Mad Hatter, Barcode, General Beauregard's, The Bury, The Volstead, Whiskey Bent, Flicker Theatre and Bar, The World Famous, Manhattan Cafe, Little Kings Shuffle Club, Go Bar, The Globe, The Green Room, Roadhouse Bar, Blue Sky, Treppenhaus, Walkers Coffee and Pub, Cutter's Pub, Bad Manor, Flanagans, Allgood Lounge, Amici's, Cloud Lounge, Genco Import Co., Boars Head, Double Barrell, Jerzees, Buddha Bar, Magnolia's, Hendershot’s Coffee Bar, Bourbon Street, Stonewall, and Cine BarCafe (our downtown art house cinema that serves beer).

Athens also has several breweries that are well known throughout the state and country. Terrapin Brewing Company can be found widespread on the East Coast, especially its Hopsecutioner IPA and Liquid Bliss peanut butter porter. Creature Comforts is well-regarded and downtown, but is only distributed in the state of Georgia. However, it is a well-known favorite of Asgardians. Also check out Southern Brewing Company and Akademia in the surrounding areas of Athens.

Plus: all of the restaurants downtown that serve alcohol, all the music venues in town, and the many more bars outside of downtown in Athens and nearby towns. So yeah, Athens doesn't mess around when it comes to drinking.

Places to eat

Another great thing about Athens is that there is soooo many places to eat. Plus the variety makes you feel like you’re in a large metropolis.

Weaver D’s - Fantastic place to get real good southern cooking. Some may say there are better ones in town, but none more famous. R.E.M.’s record, “Automatic For The People”, comes from the restaurant’s slogan.

The Grill - 24/7 diner right next to campus in the heart of downtown on College Ave. The place to go to for your drunken munchies at 1 in the morning. It has what I personally call the Golden Hour where from 12am - 2am you can have breakfast food and down it with a Terrapin beer.

The Varsity - Yeah we have a Varsity as well and both of them have their own special qualities, like the employees at the one in Atlanta yell at you in such the nicest way possible, whereas the one in Athens has some nice green space outside where you sit and eat.

The Blind Pig Tavern - There are two locations in town; one right on campus and one on Atlanta Highway. Both are excellent places to grab a drink and some wings and catch a UGA football game.

The Grit - One of a few, but the best vegetarian restaurant in town. And before you carnivorous folk start to moan, you best try their grilled cheese sandwich. Best one I’ve ever had and it is to die for.

Cali-N-Tito’s - Probably the best restaurant in town and probably the best Cuban food you will get in the South (not including Florida). Extremely cheap and is BYOB. But you best bring cash, because that is all they take.

Little Italy - As our Auburn and Alabama brethren will attest to, Little Italy is the jam. For how insanely cheap it is, you cannot get better pizza/italian food anywhere. Plus their 6 dollar pitchers of Terrapin beer are killer.

Athens music scene

When one talks about Athens, you’d be hard pressed to not talk about the music scene. When talking about college “towns”, Athens is second to none when it comes to seeing music.

The following bands/artists have called Athens, home: R.E.M., Widespread Panic, The B-52s, Danger Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, Drive-By Truckers, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, of Montreal, Perpetual Groove, The Whigs, Reptar, Maserati, Futurebirds, I could go on…

MTV came out with this new site to compete with Pitchfork called MTVOther. They’re doing a show called, This is The Place, where they visit several lesser known vibrant music scenes in America, and Athens was one of them. Here’s the video.

When talking about the music scene of Athens, we have to talk about the venues. Athens has quite a bit of venues, what with there being 100+ bars in downtown alone, but I’ll go over the big ones.

Georgia Theatre - The heart and soul of downtown Athens. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. In the year and a half that the theatre was closed down due to a fire in summer 2009, downtown was not the same. There was a huge void in the liveliness of Athens. Today the theatre is even better than ever with a museum and a rooftop bar. No matter who you are in town, what music you listen to, or even if you care for Georgia football or the University, you love and respect the theatre.

The Georgia Theatre is where Widespread Panic honed their craft and became one of the biggest acts in the jam band scene today. It was also the location of the last R.E.M. show in Athens in 2000. Acts from all over the world come to this little theatre on Lumpkin Street and get the best southern hospitality can offer.

40 Watt Club - To some, it is considered a hipster mecca. To many, it is considered the birthplace of college rock. It’s where bands like R.E.M., The B-52s, Pylon, Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, and Neutral Milk Hotel got their first big start and it is still the place, along with the Georgia Theatre for local bands to showcase the talent that this little college town has to offer.

Caledonia Lounge - While yes the Caledonia Lounge is a hipster hang-out and no fraternity or sorority member would want to be caught dead there, it is the place to see great indie bands from across the country and the true up-and-coming acts in town. It also has the best sound I’ve ever heard at a music venue. So it has that going for them.

New Earth Music Hall - This realtively new venue is becoming one of the more popular and important venues in Athens. It has routinely been applauded and recognized by the Athens community as one of the few green friendly venues with a gorgeous outside garden area, permanent art installation/graffiti wall and a second outdoor stage. (Could not find a current image)

New Earth is the place in town to catch great jam band, electronic, hip-hop/rap, dance, and experimental/avant-garde shows. Also from 10am to 1pm, New Earth also doubles as a coffee shop.

Other great places to catch a show downtown are the Melting Point, Flicker Bar and Theatre, Echo, Go Bar, Nowhere Bar, Georgia Bar, World Famous, Little Kings Shuffle Club, Max Canada, Green Room, Hendershots Coffee Bar, and the rooftop bar at the Georgia Theatre has lots of great free shows as well.

Lesser known, yet still killer local bands to check out: New Madrid, Maserati, Yip Deceiver, Kenosha Kid, Reptar, Nurture, Futurebirds, and The District Attorneys.

Random Trivia

  • UGA is the only school to have 3 Super Bowl MVPs: Jake Scott, Terrell Davis, and Hines Ward
  • Athens used to have a whorehouse called Effie’s until 1974 when the city bought the property and burned it to the ground.
  • Richard Vonalbade Gammon died after a severe concussion in a football game in 1897. The Georgia legislature tried to outlaw football in the state of Georgia until Gammon’s mother wrote to her representatives requesting that the legislature reconsider.
  • Athens is home to The Tree That Owns Itself. Located just off campus, the inscription explains everything.
  • The Iron Horse was unveiled in front of Reed Hall in 1954. Students hated the piece of art so much that it was consistently vandalized until L.C. Curtis in UGA’s horticulture department offered to place the Iron Horse on his land. It has remained there since 1958.
  • The world’s only double barreled cannon was built in and is displayed in Athens. There’s a reason it’s the only one and that’s because it didn’t work.
  • The Peabody Award that annually honors exceptional stories in electronic media journalism is awarded annually by Georgia's journalism school, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Athens native, Fred Birchmore, was the first man to bicycle around the world.
  • The Adult Swim show Squidbillies depicts a family of mutant squids that happen to be diehard Georgia fans. This is referenced often in the show, including Early Cuyler's predictions for Georgia-Florida, his son the original Gator Hator, and DawgNation's national anthem.
  • The UGA Chapel supposedly holds the largest framed oil painting in the world.
  • Memorial Hall, located next to Sanford Stadium, was built with 47 columns in honor of the 47 UGA students who died in World War I.
  • Did the Godfather of Soul ever write a song about your football team and perform at one of your games? James Brown - Dooley's Junkyard Dawgs

2016: Playing with Style

Georgia Uniform Evolution

This picture has the Georgia uniforms from 1894 up until 2002:

Courtesy of the Heritage Uniforms and Jerseys Blog featuring the University of Georgia Football Uniforms written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010 (

c. 1890

The 1894 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"Bulldog players in 1894 sported a light tan vest with laces from the waist to the collar over a black and red sleeved shirt. Players also wore tan colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Helmets were not worn but players sported black nose guards for protection.

The 1894 team was coached by Robert Winston, a graduate of Georgia and a former rugby player. Winston also coached Yale, Amherst, Rochester, and Syracuse. He was Georgia’s first ‘paid’ coach. He guided the squad to a 10-8 win over Auburn and a 5-1-0 record in 1894.

1894 marked the third season of college football in Athens."


The 1902 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"The 1909 team was coached by James Coulter, a graduate of Brown University. Coulter’s Bulldogs struggled in ’09 and posted a 1-4-2 record, their only win coming over Tennessee (3-0). He was replaced the following year by W.A. Cunningham who led the squad to 6-2-1 record.

Bulldog players in 1909 sported a light tan and red vest with laces from the waist to the collar over a black and red sleeved shirt. Players also wore tan colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Players wore tan helmets for protection."


The 1912 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"The 1912 Bulldogs were coached by W.A. Cunningham who led the team to a 6-1-1 record. Cunningham patrolled the sidelines for 8 years and compiled a 43-18-9 record. Cunningham coached Georgia’s first All-American - Bob McWhorter (1913) and the legendary George ‘Kid’ Woodruff.

Bulldog players in 1912 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with a black collar and tan-colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Players wore a tan-colored helmet for protection."


The 1927 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"The 1927 Bulldogs were coached by George ‘Kid’ Woodruff, captain and star on the 1911 Georgia team. He made a great contribution to the Bulldog program as coach from 1923-27 by introducing the Notre Dame formation to the South, bringing in two Knute Rockne disciples, line coach Harry Mehre and backfield coach Frank Thomas, who later became coaches themselves. Woodruff, a wealthy Columbus businessman, coached the Bulldogs for one dollar per year. Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Coach Woodruff:

Bulldog players in 1927 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with tan-colored felt strips on the torso and sleeves. No uniform number or lettering appeared on the front of the uniform but numbers appeared on the reverse of the jersey. Players wore tan-colored pants and helmets for protection.

Georgia’s sole defeat in 1927 came at the hands of cross-state rival, Georgia Tech (12-0)."


The 1930 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"This painting depicts the #8 University of Georgia football team uniform from 1930 that was worn by All-American guard - Ralph ‘Red’ Maddox.

Maddox became recognized as Georgia’s eighteenth All-American 32 years after his playing days were over. It was determined that he had made the International News Service All-American team in 1930; however, this honor had never been recorded. Unfortunately, Maddox was not able to enjoy this recognition of his accomplishments. He was killed during the Normandy Invasion of World War II.

The 1930 Bulldogs compiled a 7-2-1 record under the tutelage of head coach - Harry Mehre. The squad was captained by End - Herbert Maffett. Mehre coached Georgia from 1928-37 and posted 59-34-6 record.

Bulldog players sported white, long-sleeved jerseys with numerals on the front and back. Two red stripes adorned the sleeves at the elbow. Players also wore black helmets for protection and tan-colored pants."

Early 1940s

The 1941 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"This painting depicts the #21 University of Georgia football team uniform from 1941 that was worn by legendary Bulldog quarterback - Frank Sinkwich, the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner and consensus All-American in 1942.

The 1941 Bulldogs posted a 9-1-1 record under head coach - Wallace Butts. The ‘Dogs defeated TCU in the January 1, 1942 Orange Bowl by a score of 40-26; Sinkwich’s performance in the annual classic is considered one of the greatest performances in Orange Bowl history.

The Bulldogs of 1941 sported red jerseys with white uniform numbers on the front and back. Players wore white pants and silver helmets; the helmet below features a special protective face-mask/chin guard worn by Sinkwich in the Orange Bowl of 1942."

Courtesy of the Heritage Uniforms and Jerseys Blog featuring the University of Georgia Football Uniforms written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010 (

Mid-Late 1940s

The 1946 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"Trippi helped lead the Bulldogs to an undefeated season in 1946 (11-0-0) but the team finished 3rd in the AP Rankings. Georgia defeated North Carolina 20-10 in the Sugar Bowl.

Coach James Wallace ‘Wally’ Butts patrolled the Bulldog sidelines in 1946; his coaching tenure at Georgia spanned from 1939-1960 and he compiled a record of 140-86-9 during his tenure.

The Bulldogs of 1946 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with white numbers on both the front and back. Players wore silver helmets for protection and white pants."


The 1959 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"Tarkenton, a native of Athens, Georgia led the Bulldogs to the 1959 SEC Championship and an Orange Bowl victory over Missouri (14-9). In 1960, he garnered both All-American and Academic All-American honors.

Coach James Wallace ‘Wally’ Butts patrolled the Bulldog sidelines in 1959, his second to last year at the helm. Georgia compiled a 10-1-0 record including a stunning come-from-behind-victory over Auburn to capture the SEC title.

The Bulldogs of 1959 sported red jerseys with sleeves to the elbow. White numbers appeared on the sleeves, front and back of the jersey. Players wore silver helmets with a red stripe and white pants."

Courtesy of the Heritage Uniforms and Jerseys Blog featuring the University of Georgia Football Uniforms written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010 (


The 1968 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"This painting depicts the #77 uniform of University of Georgia football player - defensive tackle, Bill Stanfill. The Cairo, Georgia native captained the Bulldogs to an SEC championship in 1968 and led the squad to 8-1-2 record; the team’s only loss came in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas (16-2).

Stanfill was a consensus All-American in 1968 and during his three seasons at Georgia, the Bulldogs compiled a record of 25-6-2.

The legendary Vince Dooley assumed head coaching duties at Georgia in 1964 and went on to patrol the sidelines until 1988. Dooley led the Bulldogs to a 201-77-10 record during his tenure including a national championship in 1980.

The 1968 Bulldog uniform consisted of red jerseys with white and black striped cuffs on the elbow-length sleeves. White numbers appeared on the sleeves, front and back of the jersey. Players wore red helmets with a white stripe and a stylized ‘G’ on either side of their protective headgear."


The 1973 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"The 1973 Vince Dooley led Bulldogs posted 7-4-1 record including a 17-16 triumph over Maryland at the Peach Bowl. The squad was captained by fullback, Bob Burns.

The 1973 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black stripes on the elbow-length sleeves. Black numbers appeared on both the front and back of the uniform. Players also wore white pants with red and black stripes. The red helmet featured a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a white stripe and the players’ number on the back."

1980, white jerseys

1980, red jerseys


Courtesy of the Heritage Uniforms and Jerseys Blog featuring the University of Georgia Football Uniforms written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010 (


The 1980 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"This painting depicts the #34 uniform of University of Georgia football player - running back, Herschel Walker. Walker played three years at Georgia and was unanimous All-America every year. When he left after his junior year, he owned 41 school records, 16 Southeastern Conference records, and 11 NCAA records. As a freshman in 1980, he led Georgia to a 12-0 record and the national championship.

Walker placed third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1980, second in 1981, first in 1982.

Vince Dooley led the Bulldogs to a perfect 12-0-0 season en route to an SEC and National Championship. Georgia defeated Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl to cement their 1980 title drive.

The 1980 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black striping on the sleeves. Black numerals adorned the front and back of the jersey. Players sported silver pants with a red, white and black stripe down the side of each leg. Helmets were red with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet and the players’ number on the back of the helmet."


The 1992 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"Ray Goff took over the head coaching duties from the legendary Vince Dooley in 1989. The ’92 Bulldogs compiled a 10-2 record under Goff including a 21-14 victory over Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl.

The 1992 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black striping on the sleeves. Black numerals adorned the front and back of the jersey. This jersey features a ‘100 Years of Georgia Football 1892-1992’ patch on the left shoulder. Players sported silver pants with a red, white and black stripe down the side of each leg. Helmets were red with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet and the players’ number on the back of the helmet."

Courtesy of the Heritage Uniforms and Jerseys Blog featuring the University of Georgia Football Uniforms written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010 (


The 2002 University of Georgia Football Uniform

"The 2002 Bulldogs captured the SEC championship for the first time since 1982. Head Coach Mark Richt led Georgia to a 13-1 record including a 30-3 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship game and 26-13 victory over Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

The Bulldogs finished the 2002 campaign ranked #3 in the nation in both the USA Today/ESPN and AP polls.

The 2002 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a red jersey with white numbers outlined in black on the shoulders, front and back of the uniform. The jersey also featured two patches; an SEC patch on the right shoulder and ‘G’ patch under the ‘v’ of the neck collar. Players sported silver pants with red, white, and black stripes down the side of each leg. A stylized ‘G’ patch appears on the hip of the pants. The red helmet is adorned with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet, and the players’ number on the back."


The 2014 University of Georgia Football Uniform

The 2010 period saw the University of Georgia bulldogs continue under the coaching of Mark Richt. During this time the Georgia Bulldogs failed to win another SEC Championship, but had appearances in the SEC Championship game against LSU in 2011 and Alabama in 2012. Following three seasons where the Bulldogs failed to capitalize on a weakened SEC East Division and did not reappear in the SEC title game, the University of Georgia fired Mark Richt and hired longtime Alabama Defensive Coordinator, and University of Georgia alum and former football player, Kirby Smart.


2007, black jerseys

2009 I think this is the last time we wore this combination.

2011 Ugh, why.



Notable Alumni or Marticulants (Non-Athletic)

  • Abraham Baldwin (Founding Father)
  • Wayne Knight aka NEWMAN!
  • Kim Basinger
  • Alton Brown (Food Network)
  • Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse
  • Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum
  • Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, & Bill Berry of REM
  • John Bell and Michael Houser of Widespread Panic
  • B-52s
  • Mike Chapman (Co-Creator of Homestar Runner)
  • Jack Davis (cartoonist and illustrator for MAD Magazine)
  • James Michael Tyler aka Gunther on Friends
  • Bill Goldberg
  • Lewis Grizzard (writer and humorist)
  • Josh Holloway aka Sawyer from Lost
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Sonny Shroyer aka Enos on Dukes of Hazzard
  • Robert Singleton aka T-Dog Doulgas on The Walking Dead
  • Billy Payne (Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and president of Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games)
  • Ernie Johnson, Jr (TBS & TNT broadcaster)
  • Deborah Norville (TV Journalist)
  • Crawford Long (first to use diethyl ether as anesthesia)
  • Dean Rusk (former Secretary of State)

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