Since CDAWG7 reasonably requested additional data regarding the upcoming outing between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers, and since Dawg Haus had some valid constructive criticisms of Fighting Like Cats and Dogs, and since college football season is fast upon us, I thought I’d take a moment to cobble together the requested minutiae, in order to augment those details into which I have delved previously. Here, per Dawg Haus’s request, is the all-time series scoring and record by decade:
- 1890s: Georgia 55, Clemson 8 (Georgia leads, 3-0)
- 1900s: Clemson 189, Georgia 26 (Clemson leads, 8-2)
- 1910s: Georgia 106, Clemson 56 (Georgia leads, 5-1-2)
- 1920s: Georgia 115, Clemson 0 (Georgia leads, 3-0)
- 1930s: Georgia 46, Clemson 18 (Georgia leads, 2-0)
- 1940s: Georgia 97, Clemson 25 (Georgia leads, 4-0)
- 1950s: Clemson 33, Georgia 21 (series tied, 1-1)
- 1960s: Georgia 158, Clemson 69 (Georgia leads, 6-0-1)
- 1970s: Georgia 222, Clemson 68 (Georgia leads, 6-3)
- 1980s: Georgia 146, Clemson 140 (Georgia leads, 4-3-1)
- 1990s: Georgia 89, Clemson 77 (Georgia leads, 3-1)
- 2000s: Georgia 61, Clemson 28 (Georgia leads, 2-0)
In the first three series meetings (1897-1899), Georgia won three in a row by an average margin of 18-3. In the next ten series meetings (1900-1909), Clemson won eight of ten (including seven straight) by a nearly identical average margin of 19-3. What was the difference? John Heisman’s arrival at Fort Hill.
Between 1902 and 1911, there were ten straight shutouts in the series. Clemson held Georgia scoreless in the Orange and Purple’s six victories, Georgia held Clemson scoreless in the Red and Black’s three victories, and the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw in 1910.
Between 1915 and 1927, there were six straight shutouts in the series. Georgia held Clemson scoreless in the Red and Black’s five victories and the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw in 1919.
Georgia did not score a point against Clemson in five straight series meetings from 1902 to 1906. Clemson did not score a point against Georgia in six straight series meetings from 1915 to 1927.
Clemson scored one more point (56) in the eight games of the 1910s than Georgia scored (55) in the three games of the 1890s, but Georgia scored two fewer points (187) in the first 21 series meetings (from 1897 to 1919) than Clemson scored (189) in the ten games of the 1900s.
Over the course of the 1910s, Georgia averaged 13 points per game against Clemson and Clemson averaged seven points per game against Georgia. In 1982, the last time the Bulldogs and the Tigers opened the season against one another in a nationally-televised night game pitting top ten teams, Georgia won, 13-7.
Other than an aberrational two-game set in the 1950s, this series was remarkably consistent for half a century: Georgia’s average margin of victory over Clemson was 23-9 in the 1930s, 24-6 in the 1940s, 23-10 in the 1960s, and 25-8 in the 1970s.
Clemson scored one more point (69) against Georgia in the 1960s than the Tigers scored (68) against the Bulldogs in the 1970s.
The 1980s virtually could not have been more of a dead heat between these two teams.
In 1968, eventual SEC champion Georgia beat Clemson in Athens, scoring 31 points in the process and springboarding a one-loss Sugar Bowl season. In the next series meeting in 1969, the Bulldogs beat the Tigers in Clemson, winning by a 30-0 margin. In the next series meeting in 1970, Georgia beat Clemson, scoring 38 points in the process.
In 2002, eventual SEC champion Georgia beat Clemson in Athens, scoring 31 points in the process and springboarding a one-loss Sugar Bowl season. In the next series meeting in 2003, the Bulldogs beat the Tigers in Clemson, winning by a 30-0 margin. The next series meeting is next Saturday.