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Georgia Strength of Schedule: The SEC’s 8th toughest schedule

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SDS takes a trip around the SEC and ranks the schedule strength of all 14 SEC teams. We’ll work our way down to the toughest schedule in the SEC. Next up is Georgia.

Previous Schedule Rankings:

Georgia continues its quest for an SEC and national championship in 2013. Despite owning the NFL Draft over last several years in the SEC, the Bulldogs haven’t been able to capture an elusive championship, even with back-to-back years of playing in Atlanta for the conference crown.

Georgia enters 2013 as one of the favorites in the SEC, maybe the favorite outside of Alabama, to make a championship run, and with 10 returning starters on offense headlined by Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley, it’s easy to see why this team could win it all. In 2013, Georgia’s strength of schedule ranks No. 8 overall in the SEC.

2013 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule

  • Aug. 31st – at Clemson
  • Sept. 7 – South Carolina
  • Sept. 21 – North Texas
  • Sept. 28 – LSU
  • Oct. 5 – at Tennessee
  • Oct. 12 – Missouri
  • Oct. 19 – at Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 2 – Florida
  • Nov. 9 – Appalachian State
  • Nov. 16 – at Auburn
  • Nov. 23 – Kentucky
  • Nov. 30 – at Georgia Tech

By The Numbers

  • 6 Home Games
  • 5 Road Games
  • 1 Neutral Site (Florida)
  • 2 Cupcakes
  • 4 Preseason top 25 projected opponents (Clemson, South Carolina, LSU and Florida)

Strength of Schedule Rank

  • SEC East: 4th
  • SEC: 8th

Notes

  • Cross-divisional opponents: LSU and Auburn
  • Opponents winning percentage in 2012: 86-65 (57%)
  • Bye weeks: Before North Texas and Florida

Georgia’s strength of schedule commands the most attention on the front end. Three of the first four games come against ranked opponents in Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. The good thing for Georgia is that they host both South Carolina and LSU, but the first game against Clemson on the road will be a heart thumper for all SEC fans, not just UGA fans. Bragging rights against the SEC is on the forefront of the ACC crazies’ minds.

The Bulldogs started off two previous seasons (2009 and 2011) with two big non-conference games against Boise State and Oklahoma State. Neither of those two games was at Sanford Stadium, and both resulted in early season losses.

While Clemson could prove to be the toughest test of the year, the South Carolina-Georgia rivalry will be one of the best. I don’t understand why this game doesn’t get more attention. It’s always a punishing thriller, and Steve Spurrier has a personal vendetta against the Bulldogs.

Georgia does escape Alabama and Texas A&M, arguably the two favorites in the SEC, certainly in the West, but they do face a rebuilding LSU team instead. LSU holds an all-time series lead 16-12-1, and the last meeting in the 2011 SEC Championship resulted in a Bulldogs’ 42-10 loss.

Georgia should expect to face a much better Auburn team than last year’s underwhelming showing, and I’m anxious for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to kick back into high gear.

The Bulldogs had the SEC’s easiest schedule in 2012, and they took advantage of it by winning 12 games and beating the second-ranked Gators in Jacksonville.

Will Georgia find what they’re looking for in 2013?

Be on the lookout for the rest of this series as we break down every schedule in the SEC for the 2013 season.

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  1. The cupcakes are Georgia Tech and App State or North Texas?

  2. the cupcakes are App State and North Texas lol.