I mentioned this in passing last week, but I want to elaborate on how rare the game with Alabama really is. After researching this extensively last week, I have only found nine instances in the entire history of Georgia football where two Top 10 teams battled each other in Athens. (Image: AJC)
Top 10 vs. Top 10 Match-ups in Athens:
- 1942 --- #2 GT at #5 Georgia (W)
1946 --- #7 GT at #3 Georgia (W)
1966 --- #5 GT at #7 Georgia (W)
1971 --- #5 Auburn at #7 Georgia (L)
1976 --- #10 Alabama at #6 Georgia (W) Added
1982 --- #9 Clemson at #7 Georgia (W)
1983 --- #3 Auburn at #4 Georgia (L)
1998 --- #5 Tennessee at #7 Georgia (L)
2002 --- #10 Tennessee at #6 Georgia (W)
Like I said, I'm still not 100% sure that I exhausted all the possibilities. However, I worked with the UGA media guide and the online media guides from some of our opponents to search this.
What games am I missing? If you can post a link proving that I missed one, I'm more than happy to edit the post.
Update: Due to user emails and feedback, I added the '76 Bama game. I thought that was the season opener so I had originally missed it. I was mistaken. (The '42 Bama game was played in Atlanta).
-- Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Tickets
*I used whichever poll had the Dawgs and/or their opponent rated higher. For instance the '82 Clemson game had Clemson ranked #9 in one poll and #11 in the other.