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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wins: 8 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.
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!