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UGA will open the 2020 season at Arkansas according to an SEC announcement Monday afternoon.

By the numbers: Georgia set for rare SEC opener vs. Arkansas

Brandon Adams

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.

One:

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).

Two:

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.

Three:

The number of points allowed in the Bulldogs’ 30-3 win against Arkansas in the 2002 SEC Championship Game.

Four:

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).

Five:

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).

10:

Number of wins by UGA in program history against Arkansas (compared to four for the Razorbacks vs. the Bulldogs).

14:

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.

24:

Number of points by which UGA is expected to be favored vs. Arkansas according to Brett McMurphy.

34:

The number the Bulldogs retired in honor of Herschel Walker before opening the 1985 season vs. Alabama.

49:

Rushing touchdowns for Walker while at UGA — the first of which famously came in the 1980 season opener at Tennessee.

71:

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).

100:

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.

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