Ranking Mark Richt’s Best Seasons, 6-11

Here is my ranking of the best seasons Mark Richt has had at UGA.  Each season has its notable wins, damning losses, best moment, worst moment, and an reason why it was ranked where it is.  The bottom 6 are today, the top 5 are tomorrow.  Please share any comments or different opinions in the comment section. 

6.  2004

Wins:  10  Losses:  2  

Notable Wins:  LSU, Florida, Georgia Tech Damning Losses:  Tennessee

Best moment:  David Greene’s record setting day in the thumping of defending National Champion LSU

Worst Moment:  The 60 minute bed wetting the next week against Tennessee.

Why Ranked here:  You thought 2008 was disappointing?  I actually think that 2004 was as disappointing as 2008.  The Dawgs had:  David Green, Fred Gibson, Reggie Brown, David Pollack, Thomas Davis, and Odell Thurman.  Plus Broyles award winner Brian Van Gorder.  This team, after beating LSU, was in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East and contend for the BCS Championship.  However, the next week the Dawgs couldn’t beat a mediocre Tennessee team.  I put this team a little higher because Georgia did beat Florida and Georgia Tech.  A 10 win season and AP Top 10 finish is nothing to scoff at, but this season gets moved down the list. 

7.  2001

Wins:  8 Losses:  4

Notable Wins:  at Tennessee, Georgia Tech Damning Losses:  South Carolina, Boston College (Music City Bowl)

Best moment:  The infamous Hobnail Boot game on the road against highly ranked Tennessee.

Worst Moment:  Mark Richt’s late game clock management gaffe against Auburn. 

Why ranked here:   I had 2006 ranked ahead of 2001 initially, but the 2006 losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt moved this one down.  Although the record wasn’t as good as some of the Donnan years, Richt’s first season showed the SEC that Georgia would now become a contender in the conference.  Richt’s stellar road record was shown early in the gutsy, come from behind win in Knoxville and this season gave Georgia fans reason for optimism.  It is low on the list because of the late game clock management gaffe by Richt against Auburn and the poor play versus South Carolina. 

8.  2006

Wins:  9  Losses:  4  

Notable Wins:  at Auburn, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech (Chick Fil A Bowl)  Damning Losses:  Vanderbilt, Kentucky

Best moment:  Matthew Stafford’s coming out party against Auburn. 

Worst Moment:  Closing seconds of the Vanderbilt game, when the Commodores beat Georgia by a field goal on Homecoming.

Why ranked here:  I think that 2006 was actually one of Coach Richt’s better coaching jobs.  For the first time in school history, Georgia  beat 3 teams ranked in the top 15 in consecutive games.  The game against Auburn this year was a thing of beauty.   Georgia even gave eventual National Chamption Florida all they could handle, and the only difference in that game was a Kregg Lumpkin fumble that was recovered for a TD.  However, the 50+ points that Tennessee hung on Georgia in Sanford and the losses to both Vanderbilt and Kentucky are really hard to swallow.  Those two games against the two northernmost schools in the SEC bumped this season down from a really good year to one of the worst.

9.  2008

Wins:  10  Losses:  3  

Notable Wins:  at LSU, Michigan State (Capital One Bowl)  Damning Losses:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech

Best moment:  Darryl Gamble returning Jarrett Lee’s first pass for a TD en route to a thumping of LSU in Death Valley.

Worst Moment:  The 180 minutes that was the first half against Alabama, and the two second halves against Florida and Georgia Tech.

Why ranked here:  Georgia achieved 10 wins, and had pretty good season.  But Georgia had Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green and Kris Durham.  Georgia was Preseason #1 and should have been contending for a National Championship this year.  Those hopes were dashed in the first 30 minutes against Alabama and then after some hope was restored against LSU, Florida dominated the 2nd half.  This was a very disappointing season.

10.  2009

Wins:  Losses:  5

Notable Wins:  Auburn, Georgia Tech  Damning Losses:  at Oklahoma State, at Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida

Best moment:  When Bay Bay Thomas dropped a wide open pass, sealing the victory for Georgia to beat eventual ACC Champions Georgia Tech on their home field.  Caleb King and Washaun Ealey “running the state” was pretty good also.

Worst Moment:  When Tim Tebow broke Hershel Walker’s SEC Touchdown Record against Georgia in a the second consecutive blowout loss to Florida. 

Why ranked here:  The second worst season at Georgia in Mark Richt’s tenure.  This season would have looked a lot better if Georgia had, again, not had costly turnovers against Kentucky.  After a lackluster effort against Oklahoma State, the Dawgs were blown out by Tennessee and Florida.  A very mediocre season where the only good thing was coming from behind to beat an equally mediocre Auburn team and dominating the best Georgia Tech in recent years. 

11.  2010

Wins:  6  Losses:  7  

Notable Wins:  Tennessee  Damning Losses:  Central Florida (Liberty Bowl), at Mississippi State, Florida, at Colorado

Best moment:  The only real redeeming thing about 2010 was beating Lil’ Dooley convincingly in his first trip back to Athens.

Worst Moment:  Not scoring a Touchdown against Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.

Why ranked here:  Georgia lost close games against Arkansas and Florida, and Georgia hanged in there and gave Auburn a good game.  But the Dawgs had costly turnovers against South Carolina, Colorado, and Mississippi State.  This was the first losing season Georgia had since 1996, so I think it is pretty obvious.

Corbindawg…tomorrow 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011 are ranked 1-5….see wher they fall!


1 Response to “Ranking Mark Richt’s Best Seasons, 6-11”

  1. 1 bulldawg20 April 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Way to go Bubba Watson, 1st Major won by a Bulldog; and, he spent every interview discussing UGA.

    No way that 2004 was worse than the year just ended, 2011. Admittedly, as you pointed out, 2004 was a wake-up call for we Bulldog fans that – well, we just can’t beat good teams when we are ranked highly ourselves. The only really good wins we had # 4 vols in 2001, # 6 LSU in 2005 and # 9 Auburn in 2006, all featured 4 loss 3 loss and 4 loss years where we lost to a host of teams, while beating the 3 best teams we played of these entire 11 years. So, 2004 was a major disappointment and clearly belongs in our worst 6 seasons to-date.

    However, 2004 was not nearly as bad beating good teams losing to all of them 2011, while we beat no team with 10-win season, no team with 9-win season (There were 36 teams with 9-win season and 27 with 10-win season 2011.)

    2011 stands out as clearly definable one of worst seasons in our 11-year discussion.

    Not only could we not beat Boise State and South Carolina to begin the season, but we had issues off-the-field all season long with our stars (as we did in 2008) and lost both of the last 2 games. LSU was just a disaster 10-42 and Michigan State was amazing. The same amazing loss to end the season vs Michigan State as we had playing South Carolina 2011. Both games we had leads and well, there is no other way to put it but we ran up our stats beating teams who had poor seasons (two 8-win teams neither who ended up ranked) and against South Carolina and Michigan State, there were gaffes of major proportions on offense that just gave the games away, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    2004 was an eye-opening experience that while we had David Greene and David Pollack, we just did not beat any team who made it to the top 10.

    2011 was just more of the same on that of 2004 that we did not beat any team who made any top 10 again as we’ve not beat any who have except 3 years where we lost 4, 3 and 4 games.

    2011 was way worse than 2004 in the area of not beating any team of all 4 we played who made it to any top 25.

    2011 stands out as one of our worst seasons of these 11, sir, and way worse than 2004. Now, not only can we not beat any teams making any top 10, now we also cannot beat any teams making any top 25. 7 losses in a row to teams making any top 10. 9 losses in a row to teams making any top 25. And, we’ve lost 9 games in a row to SEC teams who made their season a winning SEC season against SEC teams.

    What your charts should show, therefore are that we’re # 21 in the nation in won/lost record after 2005 when we last won The SEC Championship and of just 2012 SEC teams we’re # 6 SEC team for 2012 in won/lost record after the 2005 season. And, now we’ve got all the off-field issues again too to exacerbate our attrition in addition. That 2005 season was eight (8) seasons ago, now this up-coming 2012 season.

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