The Georgia Bulldogs are 4-0… Haven’t we been there before?
Of course … This is the 30th time the Bulldogs have started 4-0 in their history.
In Georgia’s 11 SEC Championship seasons the Bulldogs started eight of them 4-0.
Under Vince Dooley, six Bulldog teams started 4-0. So far under Mark Richt., three Bulldog teams have started 4-0.
Other interesting 4-0 starts from the early years include…
The 1896 team, which was Georgia’s first 4-0 start, was also the only four games the Bulldogs played that year. They were led by the legendary coach, Glenn “Pop” Warner.
The 1910 team, which outscored their first four opponents 237-5 included, wins over Alabama and Tennessee, but don’t forget the big wins over Locust Grove and Gordon.
The 1919 team, which posted shutouts in all four wins and were led by Captain Artie Pew (I don’t know much about him)
But what about some of Georgia’s biggest rivals… how many 4-0 starts have they had?
Georgia Tech has had 28 4-0 starts, but only one since 1971, it was back in 1990 when they won a co-national championship… They had a 4-0 start back in 1966 (that was also the year Star Trek debuted on TV… the campus must have been going crazy back then!)
Auburn has had 27 4-0 starts… 16 as Tigers, eight as War Eagles, and three as Plainsmen
Florida has had 19 4-0 starts, but ten of those are since 1990. If you recall, that was the year college football began… just ask a Gator fan…
Hey, what about Vandy?
Believe it or not, Vanderbilt has had 23 4-0 starts. (Yes, that’s more than Florida) Before this season, they started 4-0 in 1984 and back in 1950, but before that the Commodores started 4-0 in 20 of their first 54 seasons or 37 percent of the time… not bad. (I guess they didn’t run into Middle Tennessee any of those games)
Starting strong is one thing, having a strong middle and a strong finish is another… Let’s hope this year’s version of the Georgia Bulldogs does all three.