Georgia Bulldogs Football History and Trivia

Georgia Bulldogs Sanford Stadium

The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the NCAA and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). 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 and five number-one NFL draft picks. 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 880 games in its history, placing them 9th all-time in wins and has finished in the Top 10 of the AP Poll 28 times, 15 of which were Top 5 finishes.

When did Georgia First Begin Playing Football?

The roots of Georgia football trace back to 1892. UGA chemistry professor and former player at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Charles Herty, organized a team and arranged a game against Mercer University. This was the first intercollegiate football game played in the Deep South. Playing on what would later be called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer 50–0. Georgia's second game was on February 20, 1892, against Auburn University, inaugurating the Deep South's oldest rivalry.
In 1897 the Georgia state legislature passed a bill abolishing collegiate football in the state following the tragic death of running back, Richard Von Albade Gammon, from injuries sustained in a game against the University of Virginia. However, the bill was vetoed by Governor William Yates Atkinson, based upon an appeal from Gammon's mother.

Where do the Bulldogs play their home games?

Sanford Stadium (cap. 92,746) is the on-campus playing venue for UGA football. Named for Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford, an early major force behind UGA athletics who later become president of the university and chancellor of the entire University System of Georgia.
Sanford is the ninth-largest football stadium in the NCAA (and in the U.S.), and the 17th-largest such stadium in the world. The view of Georgia's campus and rolling hills from the open west end zone has led many to refer to Sanford Stadium as college football's "most beautiful on-campus stadium". Games played there are said to be played "between the hedges" - a term coined by legendary sportswriter, Grantland Rice - due to the field being surrounded by privet hedges, which have been a part of the design of the stadium since it opened in 1929. The current hedges were planted in 1996 to replace the originals which were taken out to accommodate soccer games during the 1996 Summer Olympics. These hedges have been dubbed Hedges II by UGA fans.

Who has been the Bulldogs most accomplished player?

Powerhouse running back, Herschel Walker, arrived in Athens in 1980 and his impact was immediately transformative, culminating in a win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and earning the national championship. In addition, Walker was the first "true freshman" to become a first-team All-American.
The 1982 season saw Walker win the Heisman Trophy in his junior year. Herschel Walker's legacy as one of the greatest college football players endures, and his No. 34 jersey is immortalized in Georgia football lore.

Who were some of Georgia's notable Head Coaches?

Trivia and Unique Traditions