By the numbers: Top 10 opener a rarity for UGA

A win over Oklahoma State would be only the second season-opening victory over a  Top 10 opponent in school history, UGA’s sports communications folks  point out. The only other time it happened was when unranked Georgia under Vince Dooley beat Bear Bryant’s No. 5 Alabama 18-17 in Athens in 1965. All-time, the Bulldogs are 1-4-1  against Top 10 foes in season openers.

Of course, the Dogs haven’t faced that many top teams in opening games over the decades. Once UGA moved Alabama out of that first-game spot, opponents have tended to be designated patsies with directional or hypenated names until recently, when the likes of Boise State and Okie State have been added.

Will Georgia have to score more than 45 points to beat OSU?

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Some other opening-game record book tidbits from UGA: The last time Georgia opened against a ranked opponent was 2005, when the No. 9 Dogs beat No. 19 Boise State in Athens. The last time the Dogs faced a Top 10 team in the first game was 1968, when unranked Georgia tied No. 9 Tennessee 17-17 in Knoxville. The last time the Dogs opened outside the South was in 1958, when unranked Georgia lost to No. 11 Texas in Austin. The last time they won an opening game outside the South was 1953, when the Dogs beat Villanova in Philadelphia. 

Georgia has won its past 12 openers, including an 8-0 mark under Mark Richt. In the Richt era, of course, the Dogs are 30-4 in an opponent’s stadium, including 10-2 versus ranked opponents. The last time Georgia was on the road to start the season was in 2003 when the Bulldogs shut out Clemson 30-0. The Bulldogs’ all-time record for season openers is 88-24-3.

Georgia is 3-1 against Top 10 teams in opponents’ stadiums under Richt, having beaten No. 6 Tennessee in 2001, No. 8 Tennessee in 2005 and No. 5 Auburn in 2006. In 2004, No. 8 Georgia lost to No. 3 Auburn.

Overall, Georgia is 3-0 against Oklahoma State, including the 2007 win in Athens. This will be the Dogs’ first trip to Stillwater since 1947, when Georgia beat what was then called Oklahoma A&M 20-7.

Under Richt, the Dogs have averaged 41.3 points in their season openers, but that’s skewed by putting up 45 or more points against the likes of Arkansas State, Georgia Southern (twice) and Western Kentucky. 

A lot of folks think Georgia will have to put up a like number of points this week to come away with a win over the high-scoring Pokes. 

What do you think? Will the Dogs need 45 or more points in Stillwater? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.

89 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

August 31st, 2009
2:07 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

PASSION RUNS DEEPER THAN HATE/ENVY!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

5 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!!!

superDawg

August 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

jackson

August 31st, 2009
2:18 pm

34 will be enough. Go Dawgs

DawginLex

August 31st, 2009
2:20 pm

36-35

I’m sticking with it.

900 yards combined offense.

Sic Em'

August 31st, 2009
2:22 pm

this year seems JUST like 2 of the last 3, with Boise State and Oklahoma Light coming into Athens….. Good thing about this year, we get to shut them up in their own back yard!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

merbertmoover

August 31st, 2009
2:28 pm

man we gonna smoke them okies 45-3….gonna mash em up like granma mashes her sweet potatos, you know what im sayin? gonna dance all over t boone pickens stadium doin the tootsie roll like “hey hey hey” you know what im sayin? mmmmhmmmm

jimmy

August 31st, 2009
2:30 pm

if we don’t score 40 pts prayer is the only answer

DawginLex

August 31st, 2009
2:30 pm

Bill,

Are the coaches saying anything about the offensive game plan? Just wondering if the plan is to open things up anticipating a shootout.

My guess is they see if they can line it up and run right at them but sprinkle in some play action and take advantage of Joe’s accuracy.

D

August 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

It’s going to be 1-5-1 come Saturday evening. Enjoy the long miserable
season rednecktards.

Pensacola dawg

August 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

Good for UGA playing the big boys and not dodgeing em like like the nerds do!

GT Fan Old Timer

August 31st, 2009
2:39 pm

2 keys to the game – 1) How will Joe Cox can come out and lead his team
2) How well the defense and coordinator can come together after the
problems of last year and the losses due to attrition.

To answer the question – There may not be 45 points TOTAL scored between the two.

Good Luck – Dogs. Make the state proud!

D

August 31st, 2009
2:45 pm

How many of you rednecks already have your little ga flags attached to your cars..er..i mean pick up trucks? yay we’re uga! we’re the best! even though we get out butts beaten badly 4 times a year and squeak out wins over crap teams like ky and vandy! we’re uga!! we’re #1 No one can beat us until they do!! We are the best at everything! Even cursing and beer chugging! We have no ethics and morals! Just win baby!! Our football program is #1 even though we haven’t won a title in 30 years!! We’re UGAY!! Go US

Cuz

August 31st, 2009
2:46 pm

D see above post by a classy fan.

Good luck yourself Oldtimer till we meet on the Flats.

lamar

August 31st, 2009
2:47 pm

This game will surprise all of you, it will be low scoring because there is no way Oklahoma St will score at will on GA. Just like the reptiles shut down OU, GA will do the same because GA has a fast & agressive defense. SCORE GA 23-17. GO DAWGS! AND SHUT UP YOU JEALOUS PATHETIC BEES! DAMN ARE YOU JEALOUS!

D

August 31st, 2009
2:50 pm

pensacola will be saying dang we should play ga southern first sat evening after the beatdown.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

August 31st, 2009
2:53 pm

I hope the dawgs can pull it out Sat. ….but remember Ok State is favored by 6 points….the fat guys in Vegas that do the spreads generally know what they are doing…BUT…since this is the first game…they could be dead wrong….I hope so…

Big Dawg

August 31st, 2009
2:53 pm

If the dawgs can run and play action pass. Its over! We will control the ball(that is the best defense) and keep there offense off the field.
If they play man on A.J. look for him to have a big game. I think our defense will surprise alot of people.

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!

ben barton

August 31st, 2009
2:54 pm

i know how faith works! when you only believe it turns out just the way you believe! since i have believed in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST my life has turned out just the way i blieve it would :::GREAT:::! i believe in the dawgs! offense and defense will play a great game and will leave there with the W!!! if we are real dog fans we will only speak well of our dawgs, staff, our head coach! WE CANT EXPECT THE OUR DAWGS TO PLAY WELL WHEN WE DONT SPEAK WELL OVER THEM!!! REMEMBER JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO ABUNDANT LIFE!!! and UGA is the only team to have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

August 31st, 2009
2:56 pm

I don’t know if OSU will play zone but I know UGA will. Unless Boykin, Rambo or Branden Smith have shown Richt that they can cover an AA WR 1 on 1.

D

August 31st, 2009
2:57 pm

Yes that fast and aggressive defense worked out so well last year. ROFLMAO!!

38 or more points 5 times. Now that is funny. Expect more of the same with Willie M Denial Dawgs

toccoadawg

August 31st, 2009
3:01 pm

Bill my bulldawg friend don’t worry just another over hyped big 2 and the other 10 team.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

The over under is 62. Vegas knows what they are doing.

45-17 Cowboys

Nick

August 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

All these facts, stats & historic data and rhetoric I’ve been taking for the past few weeks is enough to make me want to choke!!!!!! I know, I know; what else can ya’ll report on at this point and I appreciate all of it thusfar, but I’m getting antsy! I’m ready to tee this thing up for Dog’s sake!!
Go Dawgs!!

rduck

August 31st, 2009
3:07 pm

The best defense against a quick-explosive offense is to control the clock with a solid o-line and running game (ala Giants win over Buffalo in the Super Bowl) If UGA can manage the clock and not have to rely on J.Cox to throw more than 15-20 times they will have an exellent chance against OSU.

1-888-TECH-TIX

August 31st, 2009
3:11 pm

Please note the advertisement on the top of the UGA blog to sell Georgia Tech tickets……….

GT “fans” are the worst in the nation!!!!!!

D

August 31st, 2009
3:15 pm

Look at the website moron. It’s owned and run by the AJC. Yeah silly tech for advertising on THEIR cities newspaper. What a moron you are.

GA fans are the worst. Profane laced tirades at local bars. Horrible drivers and stinky redneck fat arse fans in the stands. That’s uga in a nutshell.

Nick

August 31st, 2009
3:17 pm

I hope for Okie Light’s sake that T. Nose Pickin’s can find ya’lls little stadium Saturday. I think after reading his prediction on the game that maybe a little senility or Alzheimer’s may be kicking in. Maybe UGA will be kind enough to leave him a brown trail to follow.

Nick

August 31st, 2009
3:18 pm

The good thing about the Okie St. fans in here:
WE WON’T HAVE TO HEAR FROM THEM ANYMORE COME SATURDAY EVENING!!

GO DAWGS!!

UGAgrad

August 31st, 2009
3:19 pm

To D:

I do, in fact, drive a big pickup truck. It happened to come with a price tag of $54k….I may be a redneck, but I have a great job and good income thanks to my degree. Sorry, but your posts are retarded.

Cuz

August 31st, 2009
3:21 pm

UGA grads leave Athens and find jobs in Atlanta and other areas close enough to make it back to Athens on gameday.

GT grads find some jobs in Georgia, but most outside the state. Therefore, it appears more difficult to sell out a stadium relying on GT graduates, not your average daytrip. If Coach PJ’s puts a consistent package together that wins games and the ACC then things will change. If this happens expect to see less advertisement or giveaways as the bandwagoners will climb on board.

toccoadawg

August 31st, 2009
3:23 pm

cuz they will always have to give 2 free hotdogs and cokes and maybe even free marta passes

D

August 31st, 2009
3:23 pm

You paid 54k for a pickup. LOL. I think that proves who’s retarded. Can you say UPSIDE DOWN!

baconboy

August 31st, 2009
3:24 pm

Here’s an interesting article in today’s Dallas Morning News about T. Boone Pickens and how much he has spent on the OSU program: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/083109dnspocarltoncol.33da598.html
As a Gator living in Big 12 territory I’ll be cheering for Georgia. Big 12 is way overrated.

Nick

August 31st, 2009
3:24 pm

I was wondering, as are the rest of us “GA rednecks”, if it’s safe fro us to bring our sheep to the game? I mean ya’ll are the Cow Pokes, right? Do you poke sheep too? Maybe only the male ones? Yeah right, there’s not any trash in OK. Everytime there’s a tornado over there, all you see is displaced trailers. What a riot!

D

August 31st, 2009
3:26 pm

Im pretty sure the ones struggling to find jobs these days would be Ugag grads. Sorry but there’s more jobs out there for a techster type degree than a jo-ja one. unless you majored in community organizing. lol

William

August 31st, 2009
3:33 pm

UGAgrad

August 31st, 2009
3:19 pm
You are correct! You got to have that degree. It does not matter if you have the skills or ability only the degree matters. I mean look at AJC!

DawginLex

August 31st, 2009
3:34 pm

We are all fairly certain up to a 99.99999999999999999% degree of probability that “D” is kin to “m”. and the “D” stands for Dumbarse.

TX Dawg

August 31st, 2009
3:40 pm

Let the beatings begin!!

UGA is General Santa Anna and Army….OK State is the Alamo!!

godawg

August 31st, 2009
3:41 pm

31-27 woofers

TX Dawg

August 31st, 2009
3:41 pm

Baconboy….I read that article this morning.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:42 pm

Ah this is too funny. This clown cuz pokes fun at gt when they advertise tickets on the AJC, GT”s home paper and then what article just pops up. UGA tickets on sale to public on the sports section. TOO FUNNY

Thus dunce cuz thinks this blog is owned and operated by uga i guess. He doesn’t fully comprehend how the Internet works.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:44 pm

Nope D stands for defense. Something jo-ja sorely lacked last season. Do you also have a pickup? LOL

JHPoke

August 31st, 2009
3:45 pm

It’s good to see that the Bulldog fans are as arrogant as the Sooner fans. 80 percent of their fans have no known association with the University. I have a warm place in my displaced heart (Stockbridge, Ga.) for the Jackets. We both have to play 2nd fiddle to big brother. It will be a pleasure to send them back to Athens with their head on a platter. Go Pokes – Go Jackets

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2009
3:48 pm

baconboy, hopefully UGA can save T. Boone the embarrassment of wetting his pants over the big 12 title. Let him wet his pants over the 268M renovation of a 60,000 seat stadium.

Good luck to the bees on their opener!

TX Dawg

August 31st, 2009
3:49 pm

So “D”, you’re saying all UGA fans are Rednecks? Are is that just some putrid attempt to demoralize someone through the web who you know you’ll have no chance at meeting otherwise, thus having a chance to state you opinions face-to-face? The last time I checked, UGA had a lot of athletes of color on their team, which pretty much tells me they have a lot of fans of color.

Why don’t you try expressing your font more intelligently instead of attempting to belittle someone else and making a moron out of yourself instead.

By the way, not that I prefer a $54k pick-up truck but you might want to ask how much someone put down before you assume he’s upside down. You’re just setting yourself up to look stupid again….I’m just saying.

TX Dawg

August 31st, 2009
3:50 pm

I guess I’ll get hit for the one typo “Are” for “Or” but oh well, if that’s all he has, then it’s evident how shallow his thoughts are.

Chris

August 31st, 2009
3:52 pm

JH poke. You are correct. Just as gullible and delusional as Sooner fans. Here’s expecting a big win for OSU.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:56 pm

TXdawg..i think/hope you meant to put or instead of are in your first sentence.

No I don’t think all uga fans are neckreds. did i say that–nope. typical of a whiner to assume though. What does how much they put down have to do with paying 54k. What you can’t be upside down with money down? Im just saying sticking up for someone who paid 54k for a pickup. You really make yourself look stupid. But you’re a ugag fan so it’s expected. Enjoy losing this weekend.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

No TXdawg it just shows how bad your education has been. That’s not a typo either. A typo is when you hit the wrong key on the keyboard. You put Are for Or giving us insight into your intellectual world. Thanks for doing so. It makes perfect sense now. Boy you sure are stupid!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2009
4:02 pm

JH Poke, hold on there. There are some realistic fans in here. It should be a great game Saturday. We have new QB and a questionable D. You guys look solid on both sides of the ball. Experienced QB, solid WR. If you want to beat us just run it around the corners like Tech did last year. You wouldn’t have enough gatorade to re-hydrate your players if you did that. I think even though Joe Cox is our new QB he will play well. I think he will be a better college QB than we have had the last three years. A little more spark. He won’t be protecting a #1 draft slot from injury. These will be his glory days and then he will go into coaching. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big Stafford fan and appreciate the fact that he did a superb job while at UGA.

Good luck Saturday, may it be a great game.