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1927 seasonEdit

1927 Georgia Bulldogs football
National Champion (Boand, Poling)
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1927 record9–1 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coachGeorge "Kid" Woodruff
Home stadiumSanford Field
Seasons
← 1926
1928 →
1927 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NC State § 4 0 0     9 1 0
Georgia Tech § 7 0 1     8 1 1
Tennessee § 5 0 1     8 0 1
Vanderbilt 5 0 2     8 1 2
Georgia 6 1 0     9 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     5 3 0
Virginia 4 4 0     5 4 0
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
LSU 2 3 1     4 4 1
Mississippi State 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington & Lee 2 3 0     4 4 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 0     5 4 0
Maryland 3 5 0     4 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 5 1     2 5 1
North Carolina 2 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 6 1
Auburn 0 6 1     0 7 2
§ – Conference co-champions


The 1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team had a 9–1–0 record and, for the first time in the history of the Georgia Bulldogs football program, could stake a claim to being National Champion. Called the "dream and wonder team" the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the nation with one regular season game remaining, but were upset by Georgia Tech by a score of 12–0 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] Nevertheless, at the end of the season, Georgia was ranked number 1 in two polls recognized by the NCAA.[2] The Bulldogs were also listed as number 1 in two other polls of the 1927 season, but most recognize Illinois as the 1927 National Champion.[3]

Oddly enough, Georgia did not win the Southern Conference championship in 1927 as a result of their loss to Georgia Tech in the last game of the season. Georgia Tech (7–0–1 in the conference), NC State (4–0–0 in the conference) and Tennessee (5–0–1) all finished undefeated in the Southern Conference that year.[4]

The season featured Georgia's first-ever win against Yale and six shutouts. It was the win over Yale that propelled the Bulldogs to the national spotlight. The November 24, 1927 game against Alabama was the first game played in newly-completed Legion Field and snapped a five game losing streak against Alabama. The 1927 team was anchored by two All-American ends, Chick Shiver (Shiver was also the team captain) and Tom Nash (Nash was a consensus All-American). This was the last season that George "Kid" Woodruff served as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs football team and the team's 34th season of college football.

Date Opponent Site Result
1927-10-01† Virginia Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 32–0  
1927-10-08* at Yale New Haven, CT W 14–10  
1927-10-15* Furman Sanford Field • Athens W 32–0  
1927-10-22 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 33–0  
1927-10-29 at Tulane New Orleans, LA W 31–0  
1927-11-05 at Florida Jacksonville, FL W 28–0  
1927-11-12 Clemson Sanford Field • Athens W 32–0  
1927-11-19* Mercer University Sanford Field • Athens W 26–7  
1927-11-24 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 20–7  
1927-12-03 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 0–12  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming.

Notes Edit

  1. "Football National Championships". UGA Sports Communications. 2006-08-02. http://www.georgiadogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=46724&SPID=3571&DB_OEM_ID=8800&ATCLID=526158. Retrieved 2007-01-12.[dead link]
  2. "Past Division I-A Football National Champions". ncaa.org. Archived from the original on 2007-01-12. http://web.archive.org/web/20070112110831/http://www.ncaa.org/champadmin/ia_football_past_champs.html. Retrieved 2007-01-13. Georgia was listed number one by Boand System and Poling System. Illinois was listed number one in five of the nine polls recognized by the NCAA.
  3. "1927 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. 2007. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/national_championships/yearly_results.php?year=1927. Retrieved 2007-01-13. Georgia also listed number 1 by 1st-N-Goal and James Howell. Illinois was listed number one in a total of 14 polls.
  4. "Conference Championships – Southern Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. 2007. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/conference_champs/champions.php?conid=180. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
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