How does Georgia’s 2017 team compare to its 1980 championship squad?

In the 1980 Sugar Bowl, 27 years ago, Georgia football made history. The top-ranked Bulldogs, facing off against Notre Dame, debuted Hairy Dawg, a red-and-black-clad mascot that has roamed the sidelines ever since.

Oh, and the Dawgs went on to beat the Irish and claimed the school’s second national championship.

Monday, UGA will be playing for its third title, and Hairy Dawg will be there to root his team on against Alabama.

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So how do Hairy Dawg’s first and current teams stack up? Let’s dive in.

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Record

1980: 12-0
The Dawgs struggled in their season opener at Tennessee, barely winning 16-15, but no other game ended within three points for the Bulldogs, who posted three shutouts (42-0 against Texas A&M, 41-0 against Vanderbilt, 27-0 against Kentucky) and took down three ranked teams (No. 14 South Carolina, No. 20 Florida, No. 7 Notre Dame) on the year.

2017: 13-1
UGA’s closest game of the season came in just the second week, as the Bulldogs traveled to Notre Dame, where they held on to win 20-19. They won the next seven games by an average of 28.9 points per game, until a trip to No. 10 Auburn arrived, where UGA was dismantled 40-17. The Dawgs responded with four straight wins, including a revenge game against the No. 6 Tigers and a thriller in the CFP semifinal against No. 2 Oklahoma. In total UGA went 4-1 against ranked opponents, and held opponents to 10 points or fewer seven times.

Points per game

1980: 27.8 (ranked 15th of 138)
2017: 36.3 (ranked 17th out of 130)

Winning margin

1980: 16.4
2017: 20.6

Scoring breakdown




  1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q
1980 68 (22%) 99 (31%) 76 (24%) 73 (23%)
2017 125 (25%) 127 (25%) 154 (31%) 93 (19%)

Defense




  YPG Passing YPG Rushing YPG PPG Turnovers forced Third-down conversion
1980 306.3 166.3 140 11.4 30 37
2017 289.5 167.6 121.9 15.7 19 33.66

Rushing vs. Passing




  % plays rushing Rushes per game Rushing YPG Rushing TD per game % plays passing Passes per game Passing YPG Passing TD per game
1980 77.6% 54 240.6 2.2 22.4% 15.6 132 1.1
2017 69.7% 44.9 267.4 2.9 30.3% 19.5 172.9 1.6

Starting quarterback




    CMP ATT PCT YDS Y/A TD INT EFF
1980 Buck Belue 77 156 49.4 1314 8.4 11 9 131.8
2017 Jake Fromm 165 259 63.7 2383 9.2 23 5 166.4

Running backs




    ATT YDS AVG TD
1980 Herschel Walker 274 1616 5.9 15
2017 Nick Chubb 205 1320 6.4 15




    ATT YDS AVG TD
1980 Carnie Norris 56 353 6.3 1
2017 Sony Michel 142 1129 8 16




    ATT YDS AVG TD
1980 Jimmy Womack 49 209 4.3 0
2017 D’Andre Swift 77 603 7.8 3

Wide receivers




    REC YDS AVG TD
1980 Lindsay Scott 19 374 19.7 1
2017 Javon Wims 44 704 16 7




    REC YDS AVG TD
1980 Amp Arnold 20 357 17.9 4
2017 Terry Godwin 34 591 17.4 6

Kicker




    XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG%
1980 Rex Robinson 36 36 100 16 22 72.7
2017 Rodrigo Blankenship 61 61 100 17 20 85

Daniel Wilco has worked at the AJC, Sports Illustrated, and SEC Country. His writing has also appeared on SI.com, Men’s Health, and The Cauldron.

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