The Georgia Bulldogs look to close out the season with a win on Monday when they clash with Texas A&M.
Most Dawg fans are obviously disappointed in the season that was 2009. You could even take the disappointment back to the middle of 2008. Frustrating? Yes, most definitely.
Mark Richt is busy looking for his new defensive coordinator, hopefully one that will return the Dawgs defense to the "junkyard dawg" mentality. Patience has run thin in the Bulldog Nation this season.
But before we step too close to the edge, it might be helpful to take a step back and look at what we have seen in this decade.
Chris Low from ESPN.com recently completed his research and published his rankings of the SEC programs of the decade. You can read the story here by clicking this link.
As a Dawg fan it is really nice to see the results of this research. Most Georgia fans feel that the Dawgs don't get near the credit they deserve. This research gives us nothing but the numbers.
It has been said many times, that numbers don't lie.
So, what do these numbers show?
Georgia ranks a strong third in the SEC for the decade (2000-2009). Only Florida and LSU have better numbers. Only Florida and LSU have won National titles.
Georgia has won 97 games in the decade. Florida and LSU have won 99. Against the SEC, Florida leads the way with 64 wins, LSU follows with 58. Georgia has won 57 SEC games in the decade.
Against top 25 teams, Georgia is 30-22. Only the Gators (35-21) and the Tigers (31-20) rank higher. In bowl games, the Dawgs and LSU are 7-2, while Florida is a surprising 4-5.
Much is made of where you finish the season. Interestingly enough, Georgia has six top ten finishes, while the Gators have four and the Tigers have five.
Florida and LSU have played in four SEC championship games, and have both won the title three times. Georgia has played in three, and won the title twice.
The big stat that any detractor will point to is, of course, national championships. The Gators and Tigers have two, and of course the Dawgs have ... well, you know the answer there.
So what do these numbers tell us?
Should we walk around with our chest stuck out and proclaim, we are number three?
No, that does not have a great ring to it. But what it does show is this...
The Dawgs are a legitimate national power.
You don't win 97 games in a decade if you are a pretender. You don't win more conference games (57), than every team in your conference but two, if you are not for real. That conference is generally considered to be the best conference in college football, by the way.
You don't finish in the top ten more often than Florida and LSU, if you are not a perennial contender.
That's what the numbers say.
So, thank you Chris Low.
Looking back on the past ten seasons tells us this: Georgia has been in the mix. The Dawgs haven't won it all, but you can't win it all if you are not in the mix.
The future is bright.