2019 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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2019 Georgia Bulldogs football
Georgia Athletics logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division champion
Sugar Bowl champion
SEC Championship Game, L 10–37 vs. LSU
Sugar Bowl, W 26–14 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2019 record12–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachKirby Smart (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJames Coley (1st; 3rd overall season)
Defensive coordinatorDan Lanning (1st season)
Home stadiumSanford Stadium
(Capacity: 92,746)
Uniform
Georgia bulldogs football unif.png
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fourth-year head coach Kirby Smart.

Georgia began the year ranked third in the AP Poll, and were considered the favorite to represent the East Division in the SEC Championship Game for a third consecutive year. On September 21, the team secured a win over then-No. 7 Notre Dame, 23–17. They suffered their first loss of the year when they were upset by unranked South Carolina at home. Georgia rebounded with wins over highly ranked rivals No. 6 Florida and No. 12 Auburn, and ended the regular season atop the East Division with an 11–1 record, 7–1 in SEC play, and ranked fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings. In the SEC Championship Game, Georgia fell to West Division champion and eventual national champion LSU, 37–10. Georgia fell out of contention for the Playoff and received a bid to the Sugar Bowl to play Big 12 Conference runner-up Baylor, which Georgia won 26–14. The Bulldogs were ranked fourth in the season's final polls.

Georgia led FBS in scoring defense, but was 49th in scoring offense.[1][2] Safety J. R. Reed and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas were named consensus All-Americans. Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was the recipient of the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best placekicker. Quarterback Jake Fromm led the team in passing with 2,860 yards and 24 touchdowns. Running back D'Andre Swift led the team in rushing with 1,218 yards.

Preseason[edit]

SEC Media Days[edit]

The 2019 SEC Media Days were held July 15–18 in Birmingham, Alabama. In the preseason media poll, Georgia was projected to repeat as East Division Champion and SEC runner-up.[3]

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

The Bulldogs had eleven players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Schedule[edit]

Georgia announced its 2019 football schedule on September 18, 2018.[4] The 2019 schedule consists of 7 home and 4 away games in the regular season along with a neutral site game.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 31, 20197:30 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 3ESPNW 30–640,350
September 74:00 p.m.Murray State*No. 3ESPN2W 63–1792,746
September 1412:00 p.m.Arkansas State*No. 3
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
ESPN2W 55–092,746
September 218:00 p.m.No. 7 Notre Dame*No. 3
CBSW 23–1793,246
October 57:00 p.m.at TennesseeNo. 3ESPNW 43–1492,709
October 1212:00 p.m.South CarolinaNo. 3
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA (rivalry)
ESPNL 17–20 2OT92,746
October 196:00 p.m.KentuckydaggerNo. 10
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
ESPNW 21–092,746
November 23:30 p.m.vs. No. 6 FloridaNo. 8CBSW 24–1784,789
November 97:30 p.m.MissouriNo. 6
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
ESPNW 27–092,746
November 163:30 p.m.at No. 12 AuburnNo. 4CBSW 21–1487,451
November 233:30 p.m.Texas A&MNo. 4
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
CBSW 19–1392,746
November 3012:00 p.m.at Georgia Tech*No. 4ABCW 52–755,000
December 74:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 LSUNo. 4CBSL 10–3774,150
January 1, 20208:45 p.m.vs. No. 7 Baylor*No. 5ESPNW 26–1455,211
Schedule Source:[5]

Game summaries[edit]

at Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Bulldogs 14 7 3 6 30
Commodores 0 6 0 0 6
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
57–20–2 8–2 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 41–13

Murray State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 7 0 10 0 17
No. 3 Bulldogs 7 35 7 14 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Arkansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 0 0 0 0
No. 3 Bulldogs 13 21 14 7 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sept. 1, 2001 W, 45–17

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 7 Fighting Irish 0 10 0 7 17
No. 3 Bulldogs 0 7 6 10 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sept. 9, 2017 W, 20–19

at Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Bulldogs 10 16 3 14 43
Volunteers 7 7 0 0 14
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
23–23–2 7–3 Sept. 29, 2018 W, 38–12

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Gamecocks 7 10 0 003 20
No. 3 Bulldogs 3 7 0 700 17
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
51–18–2 6–4 Sept. 8, 2018 L, 20–17

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
No. 10 Bulldogs 0 0 14 7 21
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
58–12–2 9–1 Nov. 3, 2018 W, 34–17

vs. Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Bulldogs 3 10 3 8 24
No. 6 Gators 0 3 0 14 17
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
51–43–2 5–5 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 36–17

Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
No. 6 Bulldogs 7 9 3 8 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–1 Sept. 22, 2018 W, 43–29

at Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bulldogs 7 7 7 0 21
No. 12 Tigers 0 0 0 14 14
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
59–56–8 7–3 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 27–10

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 3 3 7 13
No. 4 Bulldogs 3 10 3 3 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2009 Independence Bowl W, 44–20

at Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bulldogs 17 0 21 14 52
Yellow Jackets 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
67–41–5 8–2 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 45–21

vs. LSU (SEC Championship)[edit]

SEC Championship Game
1 234Total
No. 4 Bulldogs 0 307 10
No. 2 Tigers 14 3173 37
  • Date: December 7
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–17–1 2018 L, 16–36


Statistics

Statistics Georgia LSU
First downs 20 26
Total yards 286 481
Rushes–yards 25–61 36–132
Passing yards 225 349
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 20–43–2 28–38–0
Time of possession 26:22 33:38
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia Passing Jake Fromm 20/42, 225 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Brian Herrien 8 carries, 24 yards
Receiving George Pickens 4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD
LSU Passing Joe Burrow 28/38, 349 yards, 4 TD
Rushing Clyde Edwards-Helaire 15 carries, 57 yards
Receiving Justin Jefferson 7 receptions, 115 yards, 1 TD

vs. Baylor (Sugar Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 7 Bears 0 0 14 0 14
No. 5 Bulldogs 3 16 7 0 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 Sept. 16, 1989 W, 15–3

Rankings[edit]


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 3 3 3 3 3 3 (4) 3 T (3) 10 10 8 6 5 4 4 4 5 4 
Coaches 3 3 3 3 3 3 (1) 3 10 9 7 6 5 4 4 4 5 4 
CFP Not released 6 4 4 4 4 5 Not released

Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
1 4 Andrew Thomas OT New York Giants
1 29 Isaiah Wilson OT Tennessee Titans
2 35 D'Andre Swift RB Detroit Lions
4 111 Solomon Kindley OG Miami Dolphins
5 167 Jake Fromm QB Buffalo Bills
6 190 Charlie Woerner TE San Francisco 49ers
7 255 Tae Crowder LB New York Giants

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Team Defense". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 Team Offense". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Media predicts Alabama to win 2019 SEC Championship". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. July 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "NOTRE DAME, TEXAS A&M HIGHLIGHT 2019 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE". University of Georgia Department of Athletics. September 18, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 15, 2019.