1937 - That's a Long Time Ago

ATHENS – For the last 72 years any time the Dawgs and Vols have met one of the two has been ranked – that won't be the case this weekend.


Some guy named Herschel Walker

Georgia's loss to LSU on Saturday coupled with Tennessee's poor season so far makes for a strange set of circumstances entering the game this weekend. Georgia sits at 3-2, but the Vols are 2-3 and have failed to win a conference game this season.

Georgia and Tennessee have played 27 times since the Associated Press poll started in 1936. Back then the AP only ranked the top ten teams in the country. Still, of the 27 games played between the Dawgs and Vols only two of them – 1936 and 1937 – featured two unranked teams. Georgia lost both of those game by being blown out and shut out (46-0 and 32-0).

Since that time Georgia and Tennessee have squared off 13 times with both teams being ranked, eight with only Tennessee ranked and four times with only Georgia ranked. Below is a look at some of the outcomes of those games and a quick look at some of the most important games since 1968 when the two foes started their fights as ranked combatants.


Georgia finally got the Vols in 2000.

Both teams ranked (4-9)
1969 – #3 Tennessee 17, #11 Georgia 3 – Loss
1988 - #12 Georgia 28, #18 Tennessee 17 – Win
1992 - #20 Tennessee 34, #14 Georgia 31 – Loss
1993 - #11 Tennessee 38, #24 Georgia 6 – Loss
1997 - #9 Tennessee 38, #13 Georgia 13 – Loss
1998 - #5 Tennessee 22, #7 Georgia 3 – Loss***
1999 - #6 Tennessee 37, #10 Georgia 20 – Loss
2000 - #19 Georgia 21, #21 Tennessee 10 – Loss***
2002 - #6 Georgia 18, #10 Tennessee 13 – Win
2003 - #8 Georgia 41, #13 Tennessee 14 – Win
2004 - #17 Tennessee 19, #3 Georgia 14 – Loss***
2005 - #5 Georgia 27, #7 Tennessee 14 – Win
2006 - #13 Tennessee 51, #10 Georgia 33 – Loss


Only Georgia ranked (3-1)
1980 - #16 Georgia 16, Tennessee 15 – Win***
1981 - #10 Georgia 44, Tennessee 0 – Win
2007 – Tennessee 35, #12 Georgia 14 – Loss
2008 - #10 Georgia 26, Tennessee 14 - Win



The 1998 game was one of UT's most convincing wins.

Only Tennessee ranked (2-5-1)
1968 – Georgia 17, #9 Tennessee 17 – Tie
1972 – #13 Tennessee 14, Georgia 0 – Loss
1973 – Georgia 35, #11 Tennessee 31 – Win
1989 - #6 Tennessee 17, Georgia 14 – Loss
1994 - #19 Tennessee 41, Georgia 23 – Loss
1995 - #8 Tennessee 30, Georgia 27 – Loss
1996 - #7 Tennessee 20, Georgia 17 – Loss
2001 – Georgia 26, #6 Tennessee 24 – Win***


*** Notable Games:

1998 - #5 Tennessee 22, #7 Georgia 3
Georgia, coming off a road victory at ranked LSU, came home to Athens with as much momentum in the program as ever. The Dawgs were coming off a 10-2 season and a #10 final ranking in 1997. Georgia was off to a 4-0 start – and then came the Vols. Tennessee beat Georgia up and down the field that October day. It was a dominant effort. The Vols used it to springboard to a national title.

1980 - #16 Georgia 16, Tennessee 15
Welcome to college football Herschel Walker. The greatest college football player of all time rocks the Vols for two touchdowns as the Dawgs rally from a pitiful first down performance and grab a critical fumble as the Vols were driving in the fourth. The Bulldogs won the game by one on the way to the national title.


The Hobnail Boot

2000 - #19 Georgia 21, #21 Tennessee 10
There was a time when it looked like Georgia would never beat Tennessee again. That changed when the Vols stumbled into Athens and left 21-10 losers. It was Georgia's first win over the Vols since the start of divisional play in the SEC. The Dawgs would win four games in a row and wound up winning the decade against Tennessee.

2001 – Georgia 26, #6 Tennessee 24
Maybe the biggest win of the Mark Richt era; Georgia's upset win over the #6 Vols was a stunner. David Greene found Verron Haynes in the checkerboard end zone for the win. Larry Munson's Hobnail Boot call made the play even more memorable:

"We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face!"

Awesome.

2004 - #17 Tennessee 19, #3 Georgia 14
Tennessee, a double digit underdog, trips up the Dawgs thanks to a steady running game, Andy Bailey's inconsistent place kicking and 12 Georgia penalties. The Bulldogs rushed down the field at the end of the game, but tight end Leonard Pope ran the wrong route and the Dawgs dropped their first game of the season. Tennessee went on to win the SEC East. Georgia lost only one more game – to undefeated Auburn.

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