’Dogs have No. 55 national ranking
“This could be one of the ‘it’ teams of 2009,” said CollegeFootballNews.com in its analysis of the Bulldogs. “Head coach Derek Dooley is a high-riser who might only be around one more year if his team is as good as expected.”
The Bulldogs were ranked ahead of such other universities as Michigan (No. 57), Wake Forest (No. 59), Maryland (No. 62) and UCLA (No. 66).
Dooley’s club went from five wins in 2007 to a turnaround performance in 2008 that resulted in the program’s first postseason berth since 2001, when it entered the WAC.