We are within a month of the 2011 college football season, and, frankly, we’re not yet in preseason form. No, I’m not referring to the Georgia Bulldogs; they seem to be doing fine so far, but we in the blogosphere need to step it up a notch in order to be prepared for the fall campaign.
Inasmuch as there are many minutiae remaining to absorb and multiple fan bases left to offend, I thought I would combine both objectives in this handy quiz to acquaint you with some of the opponents appearing on the Bulldogs’ schedule. Give these questions a whirl; the answers appear after the jump, but no fair peeking!
As always, your sense of humor should be placed in the "on" position before you proceed:
1. The Boise St. Broncos enter this season ranked seventh in the coaches’ poll, representing a quantum leap from BSU’s 2-10 record in the Broncos’ first season in Division I-A. What noteworthy event in Georgia football history coincided with Boise State’s first year in what is now the FBS?
a. Fran Tarkenton led the Bulldogs to the 1959 SEC championship.
b. Vince Dooley began his career in Athens with a Sun Bowl season in 1964.
c. Herschel Walker guided the ‘Dawgs to the 1980 national title as a freshman.
d. Jim Donnan was in his first year as the head coach of the Red and Black.
2. The South Carolina Gamecocks are the favorites to repeat as division champions this autumn, so great things are expected in the Palmetto State. How many times in their history have the Gamecocks won ten games in a season?
3. The Mississippi St. Bulldogs’ last SEC championship was won:
a. Before the moon landing.
b. Before the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch.
c. Before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
d. All of the above.
4. Derek Dooley now has a full season under his belt as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. In his career in Knoxville, what is Coach Dooley’s record in games in which the Vols were ahead at the end of 60 minutes of play?
5. As the head coach of the Florida Gators, Steve Spurrier guided his team to six first-place finishes in the SEC in the seven seasons from 1990 to 1996. In the 14 seasons since, how many of Coach Spurrier’s teams have won the SEC Championship Game?
6. Despite Coach Spurrier’s dominance, his Gators never went undefeated. In fact, Florida’s last unbeaten season was a 5-0-1 campaign in 1911, and the Orange and Blue have never posted an undefeated and untied ledger over the course of an entire autumn. How many Gator clubs have finished winless?
7. Auburn currently is under investigation by the NCAA with regard to the recruitment of Cam Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy and guided the Plainsmen to the 2010 national championship before being taken first overall in last spring’s NFL Draft. How many times were the Tigers involved in NCAA major infractions cases prior to the present investigation?
8. Which annual Georgia rivals have the Bulldogs beaten 61 times, the most wins claimed by the Red and Black in any single series?
a. Kentucky Wildcats.
b. Vanderbilt Commodores.
c. Auburn Tigers.
d. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
9. Bill Curry, while serving as the head coach at his alma mater in the 1980s, famously called out the Red and Black by promising to "bring the cheaters to their knees!" How many major infractions cases has the NCAA brought against Georgia Tech since Coach Curry made that statement?
10. How is it to be a Georgia Bulldog?
a. It’s great.
b. I said, "It’s great!"
c. I SAID, "IT’S GREAT!"
d. All of the above.
1. d. Jim Donnan was in his first year as the head coach of the Red and Black. Boise State moved up to Division I-A in 1996.
2. d. One. The Palmetto State Poultry went 10-2 in 1984.
3. d. All of the above. The moon landing was on July 20, 1969. The establishment of the Air Force was on September 18, 1947. The attack on Pearl Harbor was on December 7, 1941. Mississippi State clinched its only SEC championship with a win over Ole Miss on November 29, 1941.
4. d. 6-2. The Big Orange led when time expired against the LSU Tigers and the North Carolina Tar Heels, but, in each case, late penalties allowed downs to be repeated, and Tennessee went on to lose both games.
5. d. One. The Sunshine State Saurians defeated Auburn in the Georgia Dome in 2000. Coach Spurrier’s teams have gone 1-2 in the SEC Championship Game in the last 14 years.
6. d. Five. Florida failed to win a game in 1904 (a season the Gators claim does not count), 1916, 1918, 1946, or 1979.
8. d. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs have beaten the Ramblin’ Wreck 61 times, as compared to Auburn (52), Vanderbilt (51), and Kentucky (50).
9. d. Three. As noted in the introduction to the public infractions report dated July 14, 2011, Georgia Tech had major infractions cases brought against it in 1989 (in football), 2005 (in football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s outdoor track, and men’s and women’s swimming), and 2011 (in football and men’s basketball).
10. d. All of the above. Well, duh! I knew you knew that, but this seemed like a pretty good time to remind everyone.
That brings us to the bonus question:
Are you ready for some football?