The Rankings Are Out! What About UGA?

August 6, 2020
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ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs got their first ranking of the wild 2020 season on Thursday. 

It was right where the team left off - No. 4. The Bulldogs finished 2019 as Sugar Bowl champions and as the 4th-ranked team in America after a 12-2 season. This is the first time in UGA history the program has started the season in the top five in three consecutive years.

But to get back to a top five finish the Dawgs will have to claw their way through two big games with pre-season top-ten teams. 

No. 3 Alabama and the No. 8 Gators highlight Georgia’s 2020 slate so far. Both games are not in Athens. But the Dawgs are scheduled to host No. 11 Auburn in Athens at some point this fall. 

Clemson grabbed the top spot in the coaches’ poll with No. 2 Ohio State right behind them. Those two faced off in the College Football Playoff Semifinals last year. Defending national champs LSU check in at No. 5 - meaning SEC teams occupy three of the top five spots in the poll as well as five of the top 11. 


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Texas A&M checked in at No. 13 giving the SEC six teams in the first poll of the year - tied with the Big Ten for the most teams in the rankings. The ACC (with the addition of Notre Dame) and the Big 12 had four teams each in the poll while the Pac 12 had three. 

This is the seventh time in history Georgia has started a season ranked in the top five. The Bulldogs have finished in the top five 12 times in school history. 

Georgia Bulldogs teams with top five starts.

1942 - No. 2 in AP Poll
2004 - No. 3 in AP Poll; No. 4 in Coaches' Poll
2008 - No. 1 in AP Poll; No. 1 in Coaches' Poll
2013 - No. 5 in AP Poll; No. 5 in Coaches' Poll
2018 - No. 3 in AP Poll; No. 4 in Coaches' Poll
2019 - No. 3 in AP Poll; No. 3 in Coaches' Poll
2020 - No. 4 in Coaches' Poll

Georgia Bulldogs teams with top five finishes.

1942 - No. 2 in AP Poll - Named national champions
1946 - No. 3 in AP Poll - Named national champions

1959 - No. 5 in AP Poll
1966 - No. 4 in AP Poll
1980 - No. 1 in AP Poll - Named national champions
1982 - No. 4 in AP Poll
1983 - No. 4 in AP Poll
2002 - No. 3 in AP Poll; No. 3 in Coaches' Poll
2007 - No. 2 in AP Poll; No. 3 in Coaches' Poll
2012 - No. 5 in AP Poll; No. 4 in Coaches' Poll
2017 - No. 2 in AP Poll; No. 2 in Coaches' Poll
2019 - No. 3 in AP Poll; No. 3 in Coaches' Poll

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