Four-Year Georgia Universities or Colleges With Football Teams

By Lou Martin

There are 735 four-year colleges and universities that field football teams in the United States as of 2011. Six hundred thirty-nine belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's various divisions and 96 to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Of these, 13 football-playing colleges are located in Georgia and compete at five different levels within the NCAA and NAIA.

NAIA

Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia, competes in the Western Division of the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA. The Hawks play their home games in the 6,500-seat Barron Stadium and, as of 2011, sport a 32-23 all-time win-loss record. SU captured the MSC title in 2008 -- the only year the team has appeared in post-season play. SU was founded in 1873, enrolls 2,900 students and is a Christian-based institution. Official school colors are royal blue and white.

NCAA FBS

Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia compete in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and have won four national championships and 15 conference titles. The school's most recent national title came in 1990.

The University of Georgia fielded its first football team in 1892 and, as of 2011, have compiled an overall record of 737 wins, 396 losses and 54 ties. The Bulldogs have won six national championships and 14 conference crowns. The Bulldogs compete in Southeast Conference's East Division and most recently won the national championship in 1980.

NCAA FCS

Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University and Savannah State University field football teams that compete at the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, formerly known as Division I-AA.

Georgia Southern is a member of the Southern Conference and plays its home games in the 18,000-seat Paulson Stadium. The Eagles' first team was fielded in 1924, but the program was suspended from 1942 to 1981.

Georgia State is the NCAA's newest football team, completing its inaugural season at 6-5 in 2010. The Panthers compete in the Colonial Conference.

Also a member of the Colonial Conference, SSU's first team took the field in 1915. The team plays its home games at Ted A. Wright Stadium/Memorial Stadium, which holds 8,000 spectators.

Divisions II and III

Six of Georgia's four-year college football teams compete at the NCAA's Division II level while one competes at the Division III level.

Division II teams include the Albany State University Golden Rams, the Clark Atlanta University Panthers, the Fort Valley State University Wildcats, the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers, the Valdosta State University Blazers and the University of West Georgia Wolves. ASU, CAU, FVSU and MC are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while VSU and UWG compete in the Gulf South Conference.

LaGrange College fielded its first team in 2006 and, as of 2011, competes as an independent at the Division III level. The Panthers play their home games at Callaway Stadium.

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About the Author

Lou Martin has been writing professionally since 1992. His work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," the "Long Beach Press-Telegram" and the "Deseret Morning News." Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in history and communication.

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