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Know Your Foe: Georgia Bulldogs, Taxes

Penn State will attempt to defeat Georgia and slay taxes this week.

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The University of Georgia

Location: Athens, GA
Enrollment: 35,197
Home Stadium: Sanford Stadium
Head Coach: Kirby Smart (Interim for Bowl Game: Bryan McClendon)

The Internal Revenue Service

Location: Washington, DC
Staff: 89,500
Head Coach: Commissioner John Koskinen

Series History: Georgia

First Game: January 1, 1983 (Penn State won 27-23)
Last Game: January 1, 1983 (Penn State won 27-23)
Overall: Penn State leads series 1-0 (1.000)
Current Streak: Look, if you have not figured it out by now, they've only played once and Penn State beat them to win the national championship. I know this because I looked it up. I was born in 1991.

Series History: Taxes

First Game: February 3, 1913 (Taxes won by a score of the 16th Amendment)
Last Game: April 15, 2015 (Taxes won)
Overall: Taxes are undefeated

2015: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

Finishing third in the SEC East was not good enough for head coach Mark Richt to keep his job. After 15 years at the helm of the Bulldogs, Richt was let go at the end of the regular season and would go on to take the head coaching job at his alma mater of Miami. In his place, Georgia hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, but Smart will not be taking over until after the bowl game. Assistant head coach (as well as wide receivers coach, recruiting coordinator, and passing game coordinator) Bryan McClendon will coach the TaxSlayer Bowl before leaving Georgia to take the offensive coordinator job at South Carolina under Will Muschamp. And you thought Penn State's coaching situation for the bowl game was messy.

Georgia was ranked ninth in preseason polls, and would ascend to as high as seventh after early blowout wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina. But things derailed after a loss to Alabama, with Georgia losing the next week on the road to Tennessee. Just two weeks after the Tennessee loss, the Bulldogs fell to Florida 27-3 at EverBank Field. So while they have experience playing on the field, the experience was not a particularly enjoyable one for them.

Taxation proceeded along undeterred in 2015, and picked up minor victories in June and September over 1099 employees.


Star running back Nick Chubb suffered a knee injury in the Georgia loss to Tennessee that has kept him out for the remainder of the season, including this bowl game. In his place, Sony Michel has done an admirable job, both as a rusher and as a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. Quarterback Greyson Lambert can be very good when he gets into a rhythm. While the offensive line has limited his sacks in 2015, he has been under pressure quite a bit, and it could be a matchup that Penn State's defensive line can exploit. Malcolm Mitchell is Lambert's favorite target, and he has carried an otherwise underwhelming receiving corps.

Taxes attack via the law. Some of my fellow writers on staff here are lawyers or are in law school, bug them about it.


The Bulldogs run a 3-4 defensive scheme. Inside linebacker Jake Ganus leads the team in tackles and successful postgame proposals. Meanwhile in the secondary, Bill confessed to a Georgia blogger that he is terrified of Christian Hackenberg throwing deep against safety Dominick Sanders, who leads the team with five interceptions.

Taxes had a porous defense up until the passage of the aforementioned 16th Amendment. Since that big 1913 victory, federal income tax has been undefeated with no legitimate challenges.

Special Teams

Like Penn State, Georgia's punting failed to impress this season, at least in the first half of the year. But they had an inspired idea for dealing with their punting issue: send a quarterback out to punt. Backup quarterback Brice Ramsey has been punting for Georgia since late October, and has done a better job than original punter Collin Barber. I wonder how far Trace McSorley can punt a football.

Punt returners Isaiah Mackenzie and Reggie Davis are dangerous: they've combined for three touchdowns and four fumbles this season. Kicker Marshall Morgan has not missed a PAT this season, but he is just 71 percent on field goal attempts.

Taxes are led on special teams by Death and Bo Ryan.


You can find the latest scores and scoops on Georgia sports at Dawg Sports. Reading a tax blog sounds like a chore.