So how long had it been since Georgia ended the season unranked in either the Associated Press or coaches’ final poll, as happened today?
The last time it happened was . . . 1996.
This season, victories over Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale and Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl did not catapult the Dogs into the Top 25 of the final AP or coaches’ polls, which were released this morning.
The last time Georgia was unranked in either final poll was Jim Donnan’s first season as coach, when the Dogs went 5-6 in ‘96.
Since then, Georgia had been ranked in the final AP poll every year and in the final coaches’ poll every year except one (the exception being 2006, when the Dogs were unranked in the final coaches’ poll but 23rd in the final AP poll).
Before this season, Georgia had been ranked in the top 10 of the final coaches’ poll six of the previous seven seasons.
In today’s rankings, the Dogs were in the “also receiving votes” category of both polls. They received seven points in the AP balloting, ranking 33rd, and 13 points in the coaches’ poll, ranking 32nd. Georgia finished the season with an 8-5 record.
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