Bulldog Bites: UGA ranks 3rd on SEC’s decade list

Amid all the talk about potential defensive coordinators and bowl practices and ticket sales, you might have missed a ranking of the SEC’s football programs for the past decade put together by ESPN.com’s Chris Low.

Low’s ranking is based on a number of categories, including record against SEC competition, record against nationally ranked foes, record in bowl games, and conference and national championships. Not surprisingly, the two teams that have won BCS titles occupy the top two spots: Florida and LSU.

But Georgia finished a strong third, with comparable numbers to second-place LSU in just about every category except national championships. In fact, the Dogs had nine Top 25 finishes to the Tigers’ seven and six Top 10 finishes to LSU’s five (and Florida’s four).

Behind Georgia in descending order: Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

LAST-MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

dooley's playbook largeIf you’re still looking for a UGA-related gift, you might want to consider one of these Bulldogs books …

“Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History” by Vince Dooley (Hill Street Press, $35). In addition to explaining the plays, Dooley diagrams them. And the illustrations by Steve Penley are really nice. This book was first published this time last year but was out of print for most of 2009. It’s in plentiful supply now, though.

“From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson” by Larry Munson with Tony Barnhart (Triumph Books, $24.95). The title says it all. A CD of Munson’s 10 greatest calls is included.

“Georgia Football: Yesterday & Today” by Mark Schlabach (West Side Publishing, $24.95). A solid overview of the history of the program, with lots of illustrations.

“For the Love of the Bulldogs: An A-to-Z Primer for Bulldogs Fans of All Ages” by Frederick C. Klein with illustrations by Mark Anderson (Triumph Books, $16.95). From Arch to Knowshon to Zambiasi. Despite what the title says, this large-format volume seems best suited for younger fans.

DIAMOND DOGS UPDATE

UGA baseball coach David Perno  will guest on the “Bulldog Hotline” radio show tonight on the Georgia Bulldog Radio Network. Perno will join host Scott Howard live from 8 to 9 p.m.

Also, the Diamond Dogs are holding a First Pitch Diamond Gala at the Classic Center in Athens on Jan. 16. It will feature an auction, dinner and entertainment honoring the baseball program, including the 20th anniversary of the College World Series national champions as well as Georgia’s other CWS teams. For reservations, tickets or additional information, e-mail diamondgala@gmail.com or call 706-542-8186.

255 comments Add your comment

superDawg

December 21st, 2009
2:02 pm

FIRST,SECOND,THIRD

dan

December 21st, 2009
2:03 pm

3rd in the SEC huh? Always the Bridesmaid, never the the Bride! The Battle Cry of the Bulldog Nation. Sigh! Oh well… thanks for a great decade Dawgs( like Rocky V, we’ll pretend that the 2009 season never happened).

superDawg

December 21st, 2009
2:03 pm

WHO’S NEXT

RxDawg

December 21st, 2009
2:04 pm

I was trying to tell a Bama buddy the other day just how good of a decade it was for the Dawgs.

This article will work great, thanks Bill.

dan

December 21st, 2009
2:05 pm

3rd in the SEC huh? Always the Bridesmaid, never the Bride! Sigh. Oh well, thanks for a great decade Dawgs. And like Rocky V, we’ll pretend that the 2009 season never happened.

jack bull

December 21st, 2009
2:05 pm

and some people want to get rid of CMR…

SOGADOG

December 21st, 2009
2:17 pm

This should provide Bulldog fans a bit of needed perspective. CMR has had the best run of any coach in Bulldog history yet many “fans” criticize him relentlessly and some want him fired. It goes to show how shortsighted these “fans” are. The program needs the adjustment in the defensive staff that is in progress now, but CMR is definitely the man to lead the Bulldogs through the next decade and beyond. He is a winner and a person of character.

CaptainDave

December 21st, 2009
2:18 pm

For a lighter read, here are some additional titles:

“UGA Players That Represented The True Meaning Of STUDENT Athlete” (19 Pages, DumbDawg Press)

“NCAA Probations: The True Story of My AD Years” (999 Pages, Vince Dooley)

GatorNation

December 21st, 2009
2:19 pm

Wow, #1 despite the Ron Zook years. Shows you the job Urban has done.

CaptainDave

December 21st, 2009
2:23 pm

Oh, here’s one more:

“Four More (Remedial) Years: The True Story of How We Kept ‘Em on the Field But Out of a College Classroom” (Vince Dooley, with quotes and comments from Jan Kemp)

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:23 pm

Only the ACC can be measured by bridemaids and brides.

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:27 pm

As a matter of fact, let’s list out the ACC pecking order based on their standards.

1. Ga Tech- Bride
2. Clemson- Maid of Honor
3. Va Tech- Bridesmaid
4. Miami- Bridesmaid

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:28 pm

LSU should have been #1… Florida #2

Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

December 21st, 2009
2:29 pm

Your appearance in the Independence Bowl really caps off that great decade! Don’t forget that National Championship in 1980 either. Hundreds of cases of Bud since that time erased that memory! Yea, that excellent recruiting earned you a trip to Shreveport. We’ve got a trash can on every corner for your tailgating enjoyment. Heck, you can tailgate on the courthouse steps if you’d like.

Burbank Dawg

December 21st, 2009
2:29 pm

two can play that game: Some great stocking stuffers for any Tech graduate and Warcraft player.

“When Tech Beat Georgia: An In-Depth Guide” (3×5 index card, Nerdy Press) $30.24

“Tech Life: From Dorkwads to Jihads–No Pretty Girls Allowed” (51 pages, 7 Illustrations)

“One Threw Four: A Counting Game” (5 pages, Reggie Ball)

Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

December 21st, 2009
2:31 pm

Hey, SOGADOG . CMR’s record is no better than Doonan. So where do you get off stating better than any other GA coach?

CaptainDave

December 21st, 2009
2:31 pm

Another title I found:

“Bail ‘Em Out and Put ‘Em in the Game: My Philosophy as Coach” (1075 pages, Mark Richt)(Foreword by Bobby Bowden)

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:32 pm

Tech fans. You’ve made the city of Boise very angry. They’ve come to expect you to be on the blue field in December. They weren’t expecting you to be the toughest girl in the pack this year. They said next year when you’re back to 6-6, they’re not inviting you.

DawginLex

December 21st, 2009
2:34 pm

no better than donnan?

89 wins in 9 years
2 SEC titles
3 SEC east titles

donnan

39 wins in 5 years
No SEC titles
No SEC East titles

what part of “not as good” do you not understand?

Brucemac

December 21st, 2009
2:35 pm

Dan, have you got alzheimer’s? What did you say? Tech fans like to here themselves talk over and over. 2009 happened alright. 30-24, remember now?

DawginLex

December 21st, 2009
2:36 pm

Captain Dave’s new book:

“How to Ride in the HOV Lane with your Blow up Doll Date”
and other stories from the Tech library…..

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:36 pm

89-27 vs. 40-19 hmmmm…

Bob LeBlah

December 21st, 2009
2:48 pm

60-39-2, 8-1, 9-1* at the High school field

*UGAs one loss, was the result of a fumble that didn’t occur.

How pathetic.. otherwise you wouldn’t have beaten UGA in sissy field since .. 1989!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

JB

December 21st, 2009
2:57 pm

Tech football: Bobby Dodd and a piece of 1990……………….Yawn……..

Cuz

December 21st, 2009
2:58 pm

The Shreveport Chamber of Commerce said no better than “Doonan”. I think they meant that CMR’s record was no better than Danny Noonan. They just tried to type too fast.

bILLY gOAT

December 21st, 2009
3:00 pm

Florida holds a 6-4 head to head advantage over LSU and a much better conference record. All you need to know why there is no reason at all to rank LSU over Florida. I’d say both of those records hold much more wight than bowl records.

bILLY gOAT

December 21st, 2009
3:01 pm

UGA has still NEVER made the SEC Title game without having to have someone else beat Florida for them to get there.

YUCK FECH

December 21st, 2009
3:03 pm

The DAWGS played thier bowl game running the ball down the ACC Champion’s Throat at thier home field!
30-24
EAT it Nerds!

Hedgecutter

December 21st, 2009
3:06 pm

Congrats Dawgs…you need something to be proud of….

GT Press Club

December 21st, 2009
3:07 pm

Other Bestseller’s by Captain Dave:

“Urology is My-ology”

Comparing GT and UGA 2009

December 21st, 2009
3:11 pm

Georgia has a 7 – 5 record, 4 – 4 and third in the SEC East (behind Tennessee), going to the Independence Bowl, unranked in any poll. Georgia Tech has an 11 – 2 record, ACC Champions, going to the Orange Bowl, and ranked 9th in the BCS. Which team had the better year? Which team has the brighter future?

gdawginkalamazoo

December 21st, 2009
3:11 pm

But that #3 in the SEC ranks us as #1 in the ACC!

Red Clay Hound

December 21st, 2009
3:11 pm

Ouch Captain! Maybe you should quit while your losing.

Gratefuldawghead

December 21st, 2009
3:15 pm

This Year …Which team sold all thier home games out in the biggest stadium in Georgia? Which team beat the ACC Champion?

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

Comparing GT and UGA 2009

December 21st, 2009
3:16 pm

gdawginkalamazoo – No, the Dawgs aren’t ranked in anything except maybe “Biggest Disappointments of 2009″.

DawginLex

December 21st, 2009
3:18 pm

Keep comparing.

30-24 is all that matters.

Paul's Johnson

December 21st, 2009
3:18 pm

Mutts have been a mid-tier program for the last 4 years. By citing that “we’re number three!” Mutley U is admitting that. Been a long, long time since 1980, hasn’t it?

Hedgecutter

December 21st, 2009
3:20 pm

Comparing GT and UGA 2009….you know that whatever record UGA has, they are still UGA. They deserve to be in the NC game. They should have beaten UT and FLA and gone to the SEC Championship game….because they are UGA!!! Just ask any UGA fan.

TUCK FECH

December 21st, 2009
3:21 pm

Which team is totally OBSESSED with the DAWGS! Which team is just starting to smell a BCS bowl while the DAWGS all ready been to 3 ? Which team buys Gold Rings like a National Championship for ONE win out of 8 ?

TUCK FECH

December 21st, 2009
3:24 pm

Paul Johnson, I think the DAWGS were 2 in the Nation in 2007, won the SEC 2005, and 2002….Then kicked your @ss in 2009!
What has Tech done?

JB

December 21st, 2009
3:26 pm

The Yellow Maggots are losing just about every good guy they have. UGA is getting just about all there’s back.

Do you really want to say Yech’s future is brighter? Really?

You lost to our worst team in a decade with your best team in a decade, on your own field. Need we say much more?

HBTD!!!

Comparing GT and UGA 2009

December 21st, 2009
3:26 pm

Hey Fech – I would say that the “Dawgs” are more obsessed with Georgia Tech than Georgia Tech is obsessed with Georgia. Apparently, beating Tech has defined Georgia’s season. I admit that it would have been nice to beat Georgia this year, but it really was not that important of a game for Tech. Tech still won the ACC Championship, is ranked 9th in the BCS and is playing in the Orange Bowl. However, Georgia is unranked, is going to the Independence Bowl and is generally irrelevent on the national scene.

dawgfan

December 21st, 2009
3:29 pm

I still say LSU wasn’t any better than us in the ’00s, just luckier. We split our games with them this decade. We had a 1 and 2 loss season too. We just weren’t in the right place at the right time. So it goes though. Their 2003 team was indeed pretty bad azz. Its a nice little debate, but they’ve got the hardware and we don’t. Don’t get mad cajuns. Just keeping it real.

I would like to invite the Tech fans to start a “Best of the ACC” list. This is the SEC and big boy football. It is not safe for you here. Like every other player on your roster against Georgia, you may get hurt. Go find some Wake Forest fans to talk trash to and leave the grown up football talk to us SEC folks. Here, I will help you:

4th best ACC team of the decade: Georgia Tech or Wake Forest? Discuss.

JB

December 21st, 2009
3:29 pm

Yeah, beating the team you hate the most isn’t important.

I’m sure AU didn’t care that they lost to AL… I’m sure CU didn’t mind losing to SC, either.

Thanks for playing. Run along now.

HBTD!!!

Baseball Dawg

December 21st, 2009
3:29 pm

Is Perno inviting Coach Steve Webber to the event? Coach Webber was the Head Coach of the Dawgs and the Dawgs were the first EVER SEC team to win the College World Series. It is only fitting that Coach Webber, now with the Padres in AAA as their pitching coach, be invited and honored.

Minnesota Dawg

December 21st, 2009
3:33 pm

I’d rather be a GA BULLDAWG than a Florida Gator, LSU Tiger!!! Look at the history of our program and Georgia wins the best of the century award. From Butts to Dooley to Richt, we have a proud tradition of winning. You can’t beat the integrity of Dooley and Richt! They are fine coaches of character and should be the envy of all schools. We play by the rules and don’t put winning over integrity!

TUCK FECH

December 21st, 2009
3:34 pm

Tech Fans can’t get enough of the DAWG BLOG! They can’t fill thier stadium but they can fill this blog…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
OBSESSION is when you buy GOLD RINGS for 1-8 win over the DAWGS!

We pulled your stinger out and stomped it flat,again!

December 21st, 2009
3:36 pm

Great new book for YOU TECHIES. “REACHING UP TO TOUCH THE BOTTOM” 45 years of GT football.

So UGA was third with the 2 years of Jim Donnan included. Not too bad, but we need to do better.

Tech is like the blind hog. They find an acorn every now and then. From the looks of the team they field, I have to believe that ACORN had something to do with the recruiting also.

Oh yeah, talk about irrelelvant, Tech will have lower viewing than that of the Independence Bowl. Except in Iowa of course. The word out is that the Obowl wanted to bring in Boise or TCU but that the ACC vetoed it as they were scraed to play another team with a tough defense. You know kind of like UGA’s defense. HA HA HA. Tech is pitiful. It appears that the better teams have found a way to stop the high school rush. We beat you with our best Offensive Player, and Defensive Players out, so Techies come shine my shoes.

gdawginkalamazoo

December 21st, 2009
3:38 pm

Comparing…

and THAT disappointment beat your BEST team ever, except for that Citrus Bowl team back in 1990 that might have been your best since you won the Citrus Bowl because that was one of the toughest bowls ever.

CaptainDave

December 21st, 2009
3:38 pm

CaptainDave does not quit…that is why I am not a UGA fan. I am not qualified.