A look back at the historic clashes between the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide
ATLANTA – Another installment in the epic Georgia Bulldogs v Alabama Crimson Tide rivalry is slated for Monday night in Indianapolis, and the stakes are as high as they can get.
Georgia will have faced Alabama in two of the previous five games of the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Georgia Bulldogs football fans may not need to remember that Alabama recently took the lead in the rivalry. The Georgia Bulldogs are in the middle of the football team’s longest losing streak against Alabama, dating back to September 2008.
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This game may look different to Georgia football fans as the Bulldogs are favored by some sportsbook to win the national championship.
The Georgia Bulldogs are 25-42-4 against the all-time Alabama Crimson Tide. Here is a look back at the times of clashes between Alabama and Georgia:
Georgia, the first college football game recorded in Alabama
Georgia record against Alabama 1895-1909: 2-3-3
Georgia won the first ever meeting between the two teams, 35-0. There are four ties between Georgia and Alabama in 71 total clashes; three of those ties came in the first seven games recorded between the teams.
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Georgia’s longest winning streak against Alabama
Georgia record against Alabama 1910-1920: 6-1
The 1910s saw the Bulldogs’ longest winning streak against the Crimson Tide.
Georgia won five straight games against Alabama from October 1910 to November 1916.
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Southeast pre-conference matches
Georgia record against Alabama 1921-32: 3-7
In the last decade before the Southeastern Conference was formed, Alabama beat Georgia 177-66.
Georgia lost five straight games from 1922 to 1926. The Crimson Tide shut out the Bulldogs in three of those games.
Alabama was recognized as the national college football champion in 1925 and 1926. It was the first Crimson Tide dynasty, so to speak.
The Southeastern Conference is born
Georgia record against Alabama 1934–1940: 0-2
The first two meetings between the Georgia and Alabama football teams as members of the newly formed Southeastern Conference in favor of Alabama.
The conference was different from what it is today. It included Tulane, based in New Orleans, and now Georgia Tech, an affiliate of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Rivalry becomes tradition
Georgia record against Alabama 1941-1965: 8-15-1
Georgia and Alabama football teams played every season from 1941 to 1965, except 1943.
Alabama won three national championships during that streak under legendary head coach Bear Bryant.
Georgia were the only team to beat Alabama in their 1965 national championship season. That season the Bulldogs were led by their own legendary head coach: Vince Dooley. It was Dooley’s second season as Georgia’s football head coach.
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The Vice Dooley years
Georgia record against Alabama 1972-85: 2-4
Georgia and Alabama did not meet on the grill for seven years after the 1965 season.
The Bulldogs went 1-3 against Alabama in the 1970s before the rivalry resumed.
In 1980, the Dooley-led Bulldogs were declared National Champions. Georgia haven’t finished a season at the top of college football since that season.
Georgia and Alabama faced off twice in the ’80s, cutting the streak.
Georgia record against Alabama 1990-1995: 1-3
Alabama and Georgia each went through several coaching changes from the late 80s through the 90s.
Georgia finished the season in the Associated Press top 25 seven times during that span, but the Bulldogs’ best result was No.8 in 1992.
That year, Alabama ran the table and finished with another national championship. It would take 17 years before the Crimson Tide won its next.
Georgia defeats Alabama at the turn of the millennium
Georgia record against Alabama 2002-2008: 3-1
Alabama’s superiority over Georgia in college football hasn’t always seemed like a guarantee.
Georgia have won their first three meetings against opponent Southeastern Conference under the direction of head coach Mark Richt. Georgia’s first two wins over Alabama in the 2000s predated head coach Nick Saban’s arrival at Tuscaloosa. The Richt Bulldogs faced Mike Shula’s Crimson Tide and swept a back and forth streak between the two programs: 27-25 in 2002 and 37-23 in 2003.
The first meeting between the Richt Bulldogs and the Nick Saban Bulldogs was a 26-23 overtime win for Georgia at Tuscaloosa in 2007, Saban’s first season as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. . Georgia lost a home game to Alabama in Athens the following year. The loss marked the start of Alabama’s seven-game winning streak against Georgia.
Crimson Tide defeats Bulldogs in Championship games
Georgia record against Alabama from 2012 to 2021: 0-6
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: General action during the SEC Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs on December 4, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest / Icon Sportswire via Getty Picture (Getty Images)
The pain of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game may be fresher for Georgia Bulldogs football fans than the team’s last loss in the 2021 Southeastern Conference Championship.
Four of the last seven games between the teams have been at “neutral” venues – all four games have been played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta or the Georgia Dome.
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Georgia lost the 2012 SEC Championship game on a red zone snapshot with time expired. Georgia led in the fourth quarter, but Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron led the Crimson Tide in a scoring campaign that left Georgia with 3:15 left to score, requiring a touchdown. Alabama defeated Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game. Georgia won the Capital One Bowl over Nebraska.
Georgia met Alabama in a championship game in Atlanta just over five years later. Alabama won the national championship game on Jan. 9, 2018, in overtime when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected with wide receiver and future Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith on a 41-yard pass.
Georgia lost two more SEC Championship clashes to Alabama in 2018 and 2021. Georgia led 28-21 in the fourth quarter of the 2018 SEC Championship before Alabama rallied to win. Georgia’s most recent game with Alabama in the 2021 SEC Championship is the only loss the Bulldogs have suffered this season.
Georgia also went 0-2 in regular season games against Alabama in 2015 and 2020.
Historical games and data courtesy of University of Georgia Sports Communications and College football benchmark.
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