Fifteen championship banners fly over Sanford Stadium. Thirteen of these banners stand for the Southeastern Conference championships won by the Georgia Bulldogs. 2 of the banner represent nationwide championships won by the Bulldogs: one banner for 1942 and the various other for 1980. These banners don’t tell all around the Bulldogs’ championship history, though, as there are four other year in i m sorry the regimen was called as nationwide champions through one or much more polls. The adhering to will research each that the seasons when the university of Georgia soccer team"s was called no. 1 in a poll known by the NCAA.

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The 1920 Wildcats/Bulldogs


1920 – Alex Cunningham built the Georgia football routine from virtually total irrelevance top top campus come a regionally respect program throughout his tenure as head coach, i m sorry ran from 1910 through 1919 (with time off for America’s involvement in WWI). He resigned together head coach adhering to the ’19 season in order to reenlist in the U.S. Army. Herman Stegeman to be hired adhering to Cunningham"s departure and took end a regime that boasted a number of returning starters, including star players Artie Pew, ‘Bum’ Day, Owen Reynolds, and also ‘Puss’ Whelchel. The Wildcats, together they to be officially recognized until they adjusted the nickname come the now acquainted Bulldogs half-way v the season, cruised with the schedule with only Oglethorpe (3 points) and also Alabama (14 points) regulating to score. Marring the perfect season, though, to be a 0-0 protective struggle versus Virginia in Charlottesville. The Wildcats/Bulldogs were named co-champions the the southern Intercollegiate Athletics Association along with Georgia Tech and also Tulane. Georgia Tech, having actually lost a game to Pittsburgh to finish with one 8-1 all at once record, was called the ‘Champions of the South’ by the Atlanta Journal, skipping the record of the team from Athens.

The Berryman top quality Points Rating System, a mathematical poll offered to determine historical national champions, named 1920 Georgia Wildcats/Bulldogs together champions for that season.

October 2The CitadelAthens, GeorgiaW40–0
October 9atSouth CarolinaColumbia, southern CarolinaW37–0
October 13atFurmanGreenville, southern CarolinaW7–0
October 23atOglethorpeAtlanta, GeorgiaW27–3
October 30vs.AuburnColumbus, GeorgiaW7–0
November 6atVirginiaCharlottesville, VirginiaT0–0
November 13FloridaAthens, GeorgiaW56–0
November 20AlabamaAtlanta, GeorgiaW21–14
November 25ClemsonAthens, GeorgiaW55–0

Season record: 8-0-1 (7-0 southerly Intercollegiate strong Association)

California, i m sorry is the concensus national champion for 1920, play this schedule:

September 25Olympic A.C. Berkeley, CaliforniaW21–0
October 2Mare Island MarinesBerkeley, CaliforniaW88–0
October 9Saint Mary"s (CA)Berkeley, CaliforniaW127–0
October 16NevadaBerkeley, CaliforniaW79–7
October 23UtahBerkeley, CaliforniaW63–0
October 30atOregon AgriculturalCorvallis, OregonW17–7
November 6Washington StateBerkeley, CaliforniaW49–0
November 13StanfordBerkeley, CaliforniaW38–0
January 1, 1921vs.Ohio StatePasadena, CA(Rose Bowl)W28–0

Season record: 9-0 (3-0 Pacific coast Conference)

1920 last National poll Leaders*:

California: football Research, Helms Foundation, Houlgate System, national Championship Foundation, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess)

Georgia: Berryman QPRS

Harvard: Boand System

Notre Dame: Billingsley, Parke Davis

Princeton: Boand System, Parke Davis


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1927 – Nicknamed the ‘Dream and Wonder’ team, the 1927 Bulldogs formation was amongst the most powerful and talented fielded by the college up come that point in the program’s history. The 1927 team boasted a deep and experienced backfield (so deep that the backfield was offered the nickname the ‘Thousand Backs’) that led the team to a blowout 32-0 success in the season opener against Southern Conference competitor Virginia. The ‘Thousand Backs’ climate traveled to new Haven, Connecticut because that a game against rival Yale, triumphing 14-10 and also handing Yale its just loss the the season. The season ending game versus Georgia tech would have actually potentially sent out Georgia to its very first ever rose Bowl game and also a national title, yet the playing surface at Grant ar was well-watered and an extremely muddy, i beg your pardon favored Tech’s heavier line against Georgia’s secure of speedy backs. The 0-12 loss ended any Rose bowl aspirations because that the Bulldogs. This loss and also the debate surrounding the problems of the field spurred on initiatives to finance and also build a modern-day football stadium in Athens, which would result in the building of Sanford Stadium.

Despite this loss to Georgia Tech, the 1927 team has been called as national champions by three various polls well-known by the NCAA: Berryman QPRS, the Boand System, and also the Poling System. Both the Boand and also Poling Systems space mathematical formulae designed to determine historic national champions.

October 1VirginiaAthens, GeorgiaW32–0
October 8atYaleNew Haven, ConnecticutW14–10
October 15FurmanAthens, GeorgiaW32–0
October 22vs.AuburnColumbus, GeorgiaW33–0
October 29atTulaneNew Orleans, LouisianaW31–0
November 5atFloridaJacksonville, FloridaW28–0
November 12ClemsonAthens, GeorgiaW32–0
November 19MercerAthens, GeorgiaW26–7
November 24atAlabamaBirmingham, AlabamaW20–7
December 3atGeorgia TechAtlanta, GeorgiaL0–12

Season record: 9-1 (6-1 southerly Conference)

Illinois, the concensus national champion for 1927, played this schedule:

October 1BradleyChampaign, IlinoisW19–0
October 8ButlerChampaign, IlinoisW58–0
October 15Iowa StateChampaign, IlinoisT12–12
October 22atNorthwesternEvanston, IllinoisW7–6
October 29MichiganChampaign, IlinoisW14–0
November 5atIowaIowa City, IowaW14–0
November 12ChicagoChampaign, IlinoisW15–6
November 19atOhio StateColumbus, OhioW13–0

Season record: 7-0-1 (5-0 huge Ten)

1927 final National poll Leaders:

Georgia: Berryman QPRS, Boand System, Poling System

Illinois: Billingsley Report, Dickinson System, Helms Foundation, nationwide Championship Foundation, Parke Davis

Notre Dame: Houlgate System

Texas A&M: Sagarin, Sagain (ELO-Chess)

Yale: soccer Research


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1942 – The story that the 1942 Bulldogs team is well known: led by Heisman Trophy winner candid Sinkwich and also his backfield mate Charley Trippi, the team rolled over its competition and also overcame a late-season loss come Auburn to knife a climbed Bowl bid, wherein it beat UCLA 9-0.

At the end of the season, Ohio State was named as national champions by the linked Press. Due to the fact that the connected Press poll to be -- and has -- been considered the poll of record since very first appearing in 1936, Ohio State is taken into consideration to be the champions for the year. It should be detailed that the final AP vote of the season to be issued instantly after the last consistent season gamings were played, so because of this bowl games were no a aspect in that is rankings. The 1942 Georgia team was or has actually been (in the instance of polls that identify retroactive historic national champions) named national champion by eight NCAA well-known polls: Berryman QPRS, Billingsley Report, the DeVold System, the Houlgate System, Litkenhous, Poling System, Sagarin Ratings System, and also the Williamson System. The Sagarin (ELO-Chess) mathematical system, i m sorry is a 2nd ratings system occurred by mathematician Jeff Sagarin and embraced from a system used to rank the relative distinctions in skill in between chess players, has likewise named the ’42 Bulldogs as national champions.

Georgia pan celebrating top top Bourbon St. In brand-new Orleans in the beforehand morning hours of January 2, 1981 would have actually said that UGA had just won its first ever national championship…and at the time they to be correct, indigenous a details point that view. The college of Georgia wouldn’t officially claim the 1942 championship till the 1990s, when Athletic director Vince Dooley initiated a evaluation of the documents from 1942 and also decided that winning a agreement of the polls in use, and the historic polls, allowed Georgia come reasonably claim the nationwide championship for that year. So, despite the 1942 team to be not called as nationwide champion in their own year, that title to be retroactively claimed by UGA. The title for 1942 is still claimed outright by Ohio State.

September 19atKentuckyLouisville, KentuckyW7–6
September 25Jacksonville NASMacon, GeorgiaW14–0
October 3FurmanAthens, GeorgiaW40–7
October 10atOle MissMemphis, TennesseeW48–13
October 17TulaneAthens, GeorgiaW40–0
October 24atCincinnatiCincinnati, OhioW35–13
October 31No. 3AlabamaAtlanta, GeorgiaW21–10
November 7vs.FloridaJacksonville, FloridaW75–0
November 14atChattanoogaChattanooga, TennesseeW40–0
November 21vs.AuburnColumbus, GeorgiaL13–27
November 28No. 2Georgia TechAthens, GeorgiaW34–0
January 1, 1943vs.No. 13UCLAPasadena, California(Rose Bowl)W9–0

Season record: 11-1 (6-1 Southeastern Conference)

Tha AP poll winning Ohio State Buckeyes, led by coach Paul Brown, play one less consistent season video game than the Bulldogs and also did not play in a key game. Your schedule (along v weekly AP vote position)

September 26Fort Knox (Army)No. 1Columbus, OhioW59–0
October 3IndianaNo. 1Columbus, OhioW32–21
October 10USCNo. 1Columbus, OhioW28–12
October 17PurdueNo. 1Columbus, OhioW26–0
October 24atNorthwesternNo. 1Evanston, IllinoisW20–6
October 31atNo. 6WisconsinNo. 1Madison, WisconsinL7–17
November 7PittsburghNo. 6Columbus, OhioW59–19
November 14vs.No. 13IllinoisNo. 10Cleveland, OhioW44–20
November 21No. 4MichiganNo. 5Columbus, OhioW21–7
November 28Iowa Pre-FlightNo. 3Columbus, OhioW41–12

Season record:9-1 (5-1 large Ten)

1942 final National poll Leaders:

Georgia: Berryman QPRS, Billingsley System, DeVold System, Houlgate System, Litkenhous, Poling System, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Williamson System

Ohio State: AP, Boand System, Dunkel System, soccer Research, nationwide Championship Foundation

Wisconsin: Helms Foundation


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1946 – For most of the 1946 season, Notre Dame and Army to be touted as the best teams in the country and also that their conference on November ninth of the year in Yankee stadion would determine the national championship. With an enormous amount the publicity and with 4 players that either had actually or would win the Heisman trophy on the field, the Fighting Irish and the Cadets play to a turnover and penalty ridden 0-0 tie. After this game, military would defeat no. 5 pen 34-7 and also then battle to beat competitor Navy, i beg your pardon would end up the season v a 1-8 record, 21-18. Notre Dame would complete their season by beating 3-7 Tulane (which to be an SEC institution at this time) 41-0 and then no. 16 USC 26-6. Meanwhile, Georgia, led through all-around star player Charley Trippi, perfect the continuous season v a 10-0 record, which contained wins over no. 19 Kentucky, no. 15 Alabama, and also no. 7 Georgia Tech.

Neither army nor Notre Dame participated in bowl games after that season, if Georgia defeated no. 9 phibìc Carolina 20-10 in the sugar Bowl. Phibìc Carolina, led by your star ago Charlie ‘Choo Choo’ Justice, had only one ns on the season, come no. 10 Tennessee, and also had winner the southerly Conference. (UNC had also tied VPI to open the year.)

The AP poll, which, together was detailed above, to be issued automatically after the continual season ended and also did not take into account key games, ranked Georgia 3rd behind nationwide champions Notre Dame and 2nd ranked Army. Of the height ten groups in that final poll, just Georgia and UCLA (ranked no. 4) to be unbeaten and untied. UCLA would shed its match-up v 8-2 (6-1 huge Ten) Illinois in the rose Bowl 45-14, leaving Georgia the just unbeaten, untied team in the country for 1946.

September 27ClemsonAthens, GeorgiaW35–12
October 4atTemplePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaW35–7
October 11No. 19KentuckyAthens, GeorgiaW28–13
October 19Oklahoma A&MAthens, GeorgiaW33–13
October 26atFurmanGreenville, south CarolinaW70–7
November 2atNo. 15AlabamaAthens, GeorgiaW14–0
November 9vs.FloridaJacksonville, FloridaW33–14
November 16vs.AuburnColumbus, GeorgiaW41–0
November 23atChattanoogaChattanooga, TennesseeW48–27
November 30No. 7Georgia TechAthens, GeorgiaW35–7
January 1, 1947vs.No. 9North CarolinaNew Orleans, LA(Sugar Bowl)W20–10

Season record: 11-0 (6-0 Southeastern Conference)

While Notre Dame bound Army, they did play a difficult schedule in 1946 (with weekly AP vote position):

September 28atIllinoisChampaign, IllinoisW26–6
October 5PittsburghSouth Bend, IndianaW33–0
October 12PurdueNo. 3South Bend, IndianaW49–6
October 26atNo. 17IowaNo. 2Iowa City, IowaW41–6
November 2vs.NavyNo. 2Baltimore, MarylandW28–0
November 9vs.No. 1ArmyNo. 2New York, new YorkT0–0
November 16atNorthwesternNo. 2South Bend, IndianaW27–0
November 23atTulaneNo. 2New Orleans, LouisianaW41–0
November 30No. 16USCNo. 2South Bend, IndianaW26–6

Season record: 8-0-1 (independent)

1946 final National poll Leaders:

Army West Point: Billingsley Report, Boand System, football Research, Helms Foundation, Houlgate System, Poling System

Georgia: Williamson System

Notre Dame: AP, Berryman QPRS, Boand System, DeVold System, Dunkel System, Likenhous, national Championship Foundation, Poling System, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess)


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1968 – The 1968 Bulldogs were talented, yet an odd selection to end the year through a case to a nationwide title. The Bulldogs, in their 5th season under head coach Vince Dooley, opened their schedule v a controversial 17-17 tie against no. 9 Tennessee. The debate stemmed indigenous a last-minute Tennessee touchdown pass the was ruled complete despite having actually hit the synthetic turf before bouncing right into the receivers’ hands. Another tie adhered to in the seventh game of the season versus a powerful Houston team. The Cougars ranked first nationally in complete offense, yet lost three fumbles to aid keep the Bulldogs in the game. The Bulldogs finished the season with an 8-0-2 record and also an SEC championship, Dooley’s second SEC location in 3 seasons. The Bulldogs would certainly take top top no. 9 Arkansas, climate a member the the Southwest Conference, in the Sugar key on January 1, 1969. The Arkansas defense harried the Bulldogs every day and also took a 16-2 win.

The 1968 season would certainly be the very first time the the Associate press issued its vote after the bowl gamings had to be played. At the conclusion the the regular season, the Bulldogs were ranked no. 4 in the country, behind Ohio State, USC, and also Penn State. The loss to Arkansas knocked the Bulldogs under to no. 8 in the last poll, behind national champion Ohio State, penn State, Texas, USC, Notre Dame, and Arkansas. However, the Liktenhous poll ranked Georgia together the number one team in the country following the season. The Litkenhous system was a “difference-by-score formula occurred by Edward E. Litkenhous, a professor the chemical engineering at Vanderbilt, and also his brothers Frank” and also was in usage from 1934-1984.

September 14atNo. 9TennesseeKnoxville, TennesseeT17–17
September 28ClemsonAthens, GeorgiaW31–13
October 5atSouth CarolinaColumbia, southern CarolinaW21–20
October 12No. 13Ole MissAthens, GeorgiaW21–7
October 19VanderbiltAthens, GeorgiaW32–6
October 26atKentuckyLexington, KentuckyW35–14
November 2No. 15HoustonAthens, GeorgiaT10–10
November 9vs.FloridaJacksonville, FloridaW51–0
November 16atNo. 12AuburnAuburn, AlabamaW17–3
November 30Georgia TechAthens, GeorgiaW47–8
January 1vs.No. 9ArkansasNew Orleans(Sugar Bowl)L2–16

Season record: 8-1-2 (5-0-1 Southeastern Conference)

Woody Hayes led his Buckeyes through a complicated schedule to an undefeated season (with weekly AP poll position):

September 28SMUNo. 11Columbus, OhioW35–14
October 5OregonNo. 6Columbus, OhioW21–6
October 12No. 1PurdueNo. 4Columbus, OhioW13–0
October 19NorthwesternNo. 2Columbus, OhioW45–21
October 26atIllinoisNo. 2Champaign, IllinoisW31–24
November 2No. 16Michigan StateNo. 2Columbus, OhioW25–20
November 9atWisconsinNo. 2Madison, WisconsinW43–8
November 16atIowaNo. 2Iowa City, IowaW33–27
November 23No. 4MichiganNo. 2Columbus, OhioW50–14
January 1, 1969vs.No. 2USCNo. 1Pasadena, CA(Rose Bowl)W27–16

Season record:10-0 (7-0 huge Ten)

1968 last National vote Leaders:

Georgia: Litkenhous

Ohio State: AP, Berryman QPRS, Billingsley Report, Dunkel System, FACT, FB News, soccer Research, FW, Helms Foundation, nationwide Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling System, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), UPI

Texas: DeVold System, Matthews net Ratings, Sagarin


1980 – There deserve to be no doubt about Georgia’s 1980 nationwide championship season, together the Bulldogs were the only unbeaten and untied team in the country at the end of the year. The Dawgs started the season in ~ no. 16 in the AP Poll, with an competent defense led by Scott Woerner and also Frank Ros, and also a hard offense led by Buck Belue. Georgia was coming turn off of a disappointing 6-5 campaign in 1979 and had inquiries at to run back, with rarely-used backs Donnie McMickens and Carnie Norris being joined in the backfield by true freshman Herschel Walker.

As Georgia fans – and all of college football – would soon find out, Herschel to be not just a difference device at tailback, but the ideal ever come play the position. His transcendent talent, added to a tough, experienced team, it is provided Georgia v an unbeaten season, among only three in school history (the others taking place in 1896 and also the previously mentioned 1946).

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After a tough 17-10 victory over no. 7 Notre Dame in the street Bowl, the Bulldogs ended the season v 58 ½ the end of a possible 63 an initial place votes in the AP poll, the only time the the Dawgs have ended the season ranked no. 1 in the AP Poll. 2nd ranked Pittsburgh (3 ½ votes) and also fifth location Florida State (1 vote) were the only other groups to receive an initial place votes in the final AP poll.

September 6atTennesseeKnoxville, TennesseeW16–15
September 13Texas A&MAthens, GeorgiaW42–0
September 20ClemsonAthens, GeorgiaW20–16
September 27TCUAthens, GeorgiaW34–3
October 11Ole MissAthens, GeorgiaW28–21
October 18VanderbiltAthens, GeorgiaW41–0
October 25atKentuckyLexington, KentuckyW27–0
November 1No. 14South CarolinaAthens, GeorgiaW13–10
November 8vs.No. 20FloridaJacksonville, FloridaW26–21
November 15atAuburnAuburn, AlabamaW31–21
November 29Georgia TechAthens, GeorgiaW38–20
January 1vs.No. 7Notre DameNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl)W17–10

Season record: 12-0 (6-0 Southeastern Conference)

1980 last National vote Leaders:

Florida State: FACT

Georgia: AP, Berryman QPRS, Billingsley Report, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms Foundation, nationwide Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling System, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI

Nebraska: FACT

Oklahoma: Dunkel System, Matthews net Ratings

Pittsburgh: Devold System, FACT, soccer Research, NY Times, Sagarin

*The resource for the last National Polls is the NCAA football Subdivision record book, which is freely easily accessible online at: