Georgia Football released a hype trailer for this week’s game against Vanderbilt.
This week’s theme is Stronger Together. Country music star Ray Fulcher narrates the trailer and explains that this Georgia team plays as one. This is something that Smart talks about as a core DNA trait of the Georgia program. The one trait that summarizes this is connection. Smart talks about connection as one of the core pillars of the program.
Saturday’s game will be the 83rd time these two teams have played each other. It is not often considered a rivalry in the SEC, but given its history, it is.
This will be the last time Vandy and Georgia play each other for the foreseeable future, which is extremely odd. With the additions of Texas and Oklahoma, Georgia is losing a ton of annual opponents. The Vanderbilt game for Georgia isn’t a marquee game on the schedule, but it is a tradition, and I hate that we are losing the game to play Texas.
Georgia and Vandy first played in November of 1893, and Vandy won the game 35-0. Vanderbilt was the powerhouse in the early days of football and southern football. When it started, I had no idea of the correlation between academic schools and the powers of football. It has something to do with getting a head start on everybody else. But Vanderbilt was the southern football power in the early years. Vandy owned this series against Georgia until 1958, and the Dawgs have crushed them ever since. Georgia and Vanderbilt would start playing annually in 1954. Since that point, Georgia has only lost ten times and tied once.
The series sits in the favor of the Dawgs with 60 wins and 20 losses. There have only been two ties in the series. If you go from 1962 till today, Georgia has only lost six times to Vanderbilt. The longest win streak in this series is 11 games, which Georgia had from 1974-1984. Vanderbilt’s longest win streak was four from 1901-1912.
The Dawgs have owned the Dores since the middle of the last century. But what is interesting is that the Vandy has not scored a touchdown against the Dawgs in 5 years! Has won 5 straight games against Vanderbilt. After Kirby Smart’s first-year defeat by the Commodores, Georgia has owned the series.
We will see if Vandy can cross the endzone on Saturday against the Dawgs.