History Repeating Itself?

The Dawgs this year have given us hope for the possibility of winning the coveted national title.  After beating both Missouri and Arkansas on the road, it seems that we may have cleared one of the bigger hurdles in our schedule. If we beat Florida this coming Saturday, our road to the SEC Championship will be a smooth one, barring some catastrophic failure. We’re positioning ourselves well to participate as one of the top four teams in the first ever College Football Playoff at the end of this season.

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Source: AJ

The last time Georgia Football was awarded the national championship was in 1980 under the revered direction of Coach Vince Dooley. I thought it would be interesting to draw comparisons between the 1980 and 2014 seasons (thus far), and maybe note a few parallels between them.

First of all, the most glaring difference between the two seasons is that in 1980 the Georgia Bulldogs went 12-0, and 6-0 in SEC Conference play. Our tragic loss to South Carolina ruined the potential for a perfect record this season. However, the similarities begin with the location of games. In 1980 we hosted Clemson, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech in Sanford Stadium, just as we have done and will do this season. In a couple of weeks, the Dawgs will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Wildcats, just like the 1980 Dawgs did. Also, interestingly enough, the University’s Homecoming opponent was Vanderbilt for both the 1980 and 2014 seasons.

So far this season, we’ve had two shutout games against Troy and a previously ranked Missouri football team at the Tigers’ stadium. In 1980 we had three shutout games, one of which was on the road at Kentucky. There’s still time for the Dawgs to repeat the 1980 shutout pattern this season, and even so on the road at Kentucky – and wouldn’t that be fantastic. At this point, we can also hope for victories over Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech.

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Source: Skyline Pictures

In 1980, the Dawgs progressed in the rankings all the way from 16th to 1st in the nation. This season we’ve bounced around a couple of times, but have similarly held the 12th, 10th, and 6th place rankings that the 1980 team did. In the 1980 National Championship game, Georgia beat Notre Dame for the title. This is a situation that could likely happen in 2014, as Notre Dame is currently the 6th ranked team in the country.

But this is where I’ve found the most noteworthy parallels:

  •  In 1980, we beat South Carolina by three points to earn a 13-10 victory over the Gamecocks. As disappointing as this is to bring up, we lost to South Carolina this year by the very same margin of three points.
  • Also, our victory over Auburn in 1980 was played on November 15th, and the Auburn game this year is scheduled for November 15th. The same situation stands with our Georgia Tech game this year that’s scheduled for November 29th, as this matchup was also played on November 29th of 1980.

While these similarities may only be coincidental and probably aren’t suggestive of our performance this season, Karl Marx once said, “History repeats itself.” Here’s to hoping he’s right.

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Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

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