What are our top 10 bowl games of all-time now that only Alabama and Southern California have done better in bowl games now than The Mighty Georgia Bulldogs ?

 

  1. 1980 Sugar Bowl # 8 Final AP Poll Notre Dame. We beat # 20 Florida in Jacksonville on Buck Belue’s pass to Lindsay Scott. Run Lindsay Run ! We beat # 14 South Carolina, Independent, at Sanford. All 3 on ABC. I was there. 12-0 untied, unbeaten, unbelievable ! National Championship including both Consensus AP Poll and Coaches’ Polls after the season. Georgia SEC Champions. Herschel Walker, no freshman is going to start for me. More fodder for Vince Dooley. More for Erk Russell, too, and finally he had to go make his name for himself with the nation’s # 3 best Defense AGAIN – also # 5 best offense – duh ! AND, there were no other unbeaten teams.
  2. 2018 Rose Bowl # 3 UGA # 2 Oklahoma down 17 points with 6 seconds before halftime Georgia came from behind forcing 1st Overtime 104 Rose Bowls when in second overtime Lorenzo Carter forced his way through Oklahoma’s vaunted OL and blocked their field goal then Sony Michel scored his 4th Touchdown of the game around left end to win 54-48. Considered by all to be one of the top 2 bowl games of all-time for Georgia and of the NCAA in the playoffs.
  3. 1946 Sugar Bowl, # 9 North Carolina Final AP Poll, Wally Butts Won Sugar Bowl 20-10, beat # 7 Georgie tek yellowjackets at Sanford 35-7, shut-out # 15 Alabama 15-0 at Sanford, beat # 19 Kentucky 28-13, ended season 11-0, and Wally Butts won the National Championship beating # 9 North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl 20-10. National Championship Williamson System Poll. Army 9-0-1 and Notre Dame 8-0-1 and Wally Butts Georgia 11-0 in far better Conference. Capacity Crowd, National Stage, everyone watching us. National Champions Wally Butts Georgia.
  4. 1942 Rose Bowl, # 13 UCLA Final AP Poll, Wally Butts Won Rose Bowl, Wally Butts ended AP Poll # 2 end November Ohio State no bowl game, shut-out Florida in Jacksonville at Fairfield stadium 75-0, beat # 3 Alabama 21-10 when Wally Butts was ranked # 2 at Grant Field, shut-out # 2 Georgie tek yellowjackets 34-0 at Sanford, SEC top teams 1942 Final AP Poll are # 2 UGA, # 5 Georgie tek yellowjackets, # 7 vols, # 10 Alabama, # 16 Auburn, and # 17 Mississippi State, UCLA is the Pacific Coastal Conference Champion. Frank Sinkwich won the Heisman Trophy and Wally Butts Won the National Championship shutting-out UCLA 9-0 Rose Bowl National Champions according to Berryman Poll, Billingsley Poll, DeVold System Poll, Houlgate System Poll, Litkenhous Poll, Poling System Poll, Williamson System Poll, and according to Sagarin Ratings Poll.   Wally Butts was 11-1, Wisconsin was 8-1-1, and Ohio State was 9-1 not even playing in a bowl game. 1942 SEC Champions. Capacity Crowd, National Stage, everyone watching us. National Champions Wally Butts Georgia. Charley Trippi Rose Bowl MVP.
  5. 1959 Orange Bowl, Won ended up # 5 both AP and Coaches Polls. # 18 Missouri Final AP Poll, Vince Dooley Won Orange Bowl shutting-out Missouri 14 to nothing. Trailing 7-13 Auburn who was # 8 Fran Tarkenton who has donated millions and millions and millions of dollars to UGA threw 13-yard TD pass as clock expired to win 14-13 at Sanford. We were 10-1 losing in Columbia to # 16 Coaches’ Poll South Carolina of the ACC. We were undefeated in The SEC at 7-0-0 while four (4) SEC teams finished the 1959 Season in the Final AP Poll Top 10 Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Florida # 19. Pat Dye All-America Guard 1959. I was at these games here when I recall Dad telling me Fran Tarkenton DeMolay, Dad was leader for, College Football Hall of Fame Pro Football Hall of Fame would fill the air with footballs for that era – beautiful Fall days on our beautiful campus which has only become even more beautiful since. He took me with his seasons’ tickets and specifically pointed out these points to me about the DeMolay that Dad was proud of. Georgia SEC Champions. Georgia ended # 3 in the Massey Poll, Number 5 in the AP Poll and # 5 in the Coaches’ Poll because we beat # 8 Auburn, beat Alabama, and beat # 18 Final AP Poll Missouri in the Orange Bowl behind Vince Dooley and Erk Russell.
  6. 1945 Oil Bowl, # 17 Tulsa Final AP Poll, Wally Butts Won Oil Bowl 20-6 New Year’s Day Houston Texas Capacity Crowd National Stage, everyone watching us as Charley Trippi College Football Hall of Fame Pro Football Hall of Fame Won Maxwell Award as Finest College Football Player Won 2 National Championships Football Georgia # 1 Overall NFL Draft Pick NFL Championship Game MVP threw for 1 TD and returned a punt for another TD.
  7. 1966 Cotton Bowl Classic, # 10 SMU Final AP Poll, Vince Dooley Won Cotton Bowl Classic 24-9, beat # 5 Georgie tek yellowjackets 27-14 at Sanford, beat # 7 Florida Gators at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville 27-10, beat Ole Miss # 12 Final Coaches’ Poll 9-3 at Sanford, Georgie tek yellowjackets would end the season # 8 Final AP Poll, Miami of Florida # 9 Final AP Poll who beat Vince Dooley at the Orange Bowl Miami 6-7 in 1966, and Vince Dooley had Georgia # 4 in both Final AP Poll and Final Coaches’ Poll. Miami of Florida was # 10 Final Coaches Poll, Florida # 11, Ole Miss # 12. Vince Dooley Won National Championship 1966 according to Kenneth Massey Poll which was also part of the Official BCS Polls because we had a better strength of schedule than Alabama. And, because we had a better Defense than Alabama with Georgia ranked the # 1 Defense in the nation. Georgia SEC Champions. The Junkyard Dawgs.   Ole Miss had the 2nd best Defense in the nation and we beat Ole Miss 9-3 at Sanford. I was at these games here. Final AP Poll had Georgia # 4, Miami of Florida # 9 and Georgie tek yellowjackets # 8, with SMU # 10. Erk Russell Georgia Defensive Coordinator. National Championship Vince Dooley and Erk Russell.
  8. 1983 Cotton Bowl # 2 Texas. Texas entered as # 2 and we were # 7. We ended up # 4 and Texas # 7. We beat # 20 UCLA, # 9 Florida, tied Clemson at Clemson, and won at Grant Field 27-24. I was at that game too and our games here. Clemson would end up # 11, Alabama # 15 and we # 4 AP Poll, same as we finished 1982.
  9. 1992 Citrus Bowl Georgia # 8 AP & Coaches’ Polls 1992 Won over # 15 AP Poll Ohio State. Eric Zeier Garrison Hearst Mack Strong Terrell Davis Will Muschamp Ohio State has played 11 bowl games against The SEC and NOT WON ANY, which is why Ohio State is only 25-24 in bowl games while we enjoy 28-19-3 in bowl games – which as you can SEE – is quite the storied history of big bowl games on the national stage everyone watching us.   10-2, we had lost to only # 12 vols and # 10 Florida Final AP Poll Rankings and ended up # 8 ourselves at 10-2 behind Eric Zeier QB and Garrison Hearst RB who thought he would win the Heisman he came in 3rd, and did win the Doak Walker Award top running back, and the ESPN Espy Award Top Outstanding Collegiate Athlete Award. Watched all this from my seasons’ tickets.
  10. 1998 beat # 18 both Final AP and Coaches’ Polls Virginia and were # 14 both polls ourselves. 1997 we were # 10 in the Final AP Poll and 10-2 behind Matt Stinchcomb, Hines Ward, Robert Edwards, Larry Brown, Greg Bright, Kirby Smart and Champ Bailey and won the Outback Bowl over Wisconsin. 1999 we were again # 16 both polls and again beat # 19 Purdue in the Outback Bowl and in 2000 again we were # 17 in the Final Coaches’ Poll. In fact, Jim Donnan’s last 4 years we were # 12 in the nation won/lost record at 35-13, and Vince Dooley did NOT want to replace Jim Donnan but found Mike Adam$ make the decision for Vince Dooley when the only teams better in The SEC were the vols and Florida. In stark direct contrast to these 15 Big Bowl Games by The Georgia Bulldogs on the National Stage everyone watching us, Mark Richt then was hired by Vince Dooley December 20, 2000 and his best bowl win over a team ranked like these others by us in the Final AP Poll was that in 2004, Mark Richt won the Outback Bowl – more in line with what we were doing at the time. As a matter of fact, Mark Richt is # 21 won/lost record after 2007 at 64-29 – hardly a step up, wouldn’t you say ? Saw all this from my seasons’ tickets.

1-7-2018

 

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