Tuesday, August 26, 2008

BCS Era No. 9 -- Georgia

The Guru's Note: Continuing our Ten Years of BCS series, the Guru reviews and examines the top programs during the BCS Era (1998-2007) and ranks them from Nos. 1-10. The rankings will be published in reverse order in the coming days as we approach the kickoff of the 2008 season.


Overall Record: 97-30, .764, 6th

BCS Bowl Record: 2-1 (3, 9th)

National Titles (Game Record): 0 (0-0)

Final AP Rankings: 14-16-20-22-3-7-7-10-23-2 (Top 5: 2/Top 10: 5)

The Bulldogs certainly have high expectations after finishing last year No. 2 and beginning this year No. 1 in the AP poll. But in the BCS Era, Georgia often fell short because of its inability to beat Florida. Until last year’s breakthrough, the Dawgs had lost eight of nine in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against their archrivals.

Since Mark Richt took over as the Georgia coach in 2001, the Bulldogs have become a regular contender for BCS bowl berths. They have finished in the top 10 in the final AP poll five times in the past six seasons, a feat only eclipsed by USC.

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