By the numbers: Georgia set for rare SEC opener vs. Arkansas
With the announcement that Georgia will open the 2020 season at Arkansas, let’s take a look at some numbers to know when the Dawgs play the Hogs this September — including a look back at some notable season openers vs. SEC foes.
The number of times in the last 24 years UGA has started the season against an SEC opponent. (The Bulldogs opened in 2019 at Vanderbilt).
Number of touchdowns Nick Chubb scored to go with 202 yards rushing in the Bulldogs’ 45-32 win against Arkansas — which was the last meeting between the two programs.
The number of points allowed in the Bulldogs’ 30-3 win against Arkansas in the 2002 SEC Championship Game.
The number of consecutive years UGA opened the season vs. South Carolina (From 1992-95 when the Gamecocks were still a relatively new member of the SEC).
Margin of defeat in the Bulldogs 18-13 loss at LSU to open the 1990 season (Ironically, UGA had basketball bragging rights against the Tigers back then after beating LSU — and freshman phenom Shaquille O’Neal — twice during the 1990 basketball season on its way to an SEC championship).
Number of wins by UGA in program history against Arkansas (compared to four for the Razorbacks vs. the Bulldogs).
UGA’s preseason rank in 1988 when it opened the season by beating No. 17 Tennessee 28-17 in what turned out to be legendary coach Vince Dooley’s final year with the Bulldogs.
Number of points by which UGA is expected to be favored vs. Arkansas according to Brett McMurphy.
The number the Bulldogs retired in honor of Herschel Walker before opening the 1985 season vs. Alabama.
Rushing touchdowns for Walker while at UGA — the first of which famously came in the 1980 season opener at Tennessee.
Years since UGA and quarterback Fran Tarkenton beat Alabama 17-3 to open the 1959 season. (The start of a seven-year stretch in which the Bulldogs opened seasons against the Crimson Tide).
The percentage of chance UGA fans will be tired of hearing about new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman’s ties to the Bulldogs by the time this game kicks off Sept. 26.