Georgia Strength of Schedule: The SEC’s 7th toughest schedule

NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech

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.

2014 SEC Strength of Schedule Rankings:

How the NCAA ranks the SEC’s 2014 strength of schedule
#1: Tennessee strength of schedule
#2: Arkansas strength of schedule
#3: Florida strength of schedule
#4: Auburn strength of schedule
#5: Kentucky strength of schedule
#6: South Carolina strength of schedule
#7: Georgia strength of schedule
#8: LSU strength of schedule
#9: Texas A&M strength of schedule
#10: Ole Miss strength of schedule
#11: Mississippi State strength of schedule
#12: Alabama strength of schedule
#13: Missouri strength of schedule
#14: Vanderbilt strength of schedule

Georgia’s offensive roster is loaded entering the 2014 season, and the defense looks to finally have the coordinator to help take the unit to the next level. Georgia’s strength of schedule is in the smack middle of the SEC’s 14 teams.

Georgia’s strength of schedule for 2014:

2014 Georgia Bulldogs schedule

  • Aug. 30: Clemson
  • Sept. 13: at South Carolina
  • Sept. 20: Troy
  • Sept. 27: Tennessee
  • Oct. 4: Vanderbilt
  • Oct. 11: at Missouri
  • Oct. 18: at Arkansas
  • Nov. 1: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
  • Nov. 8: at Kentucky
  • Nov. 15: Auburn
  • Nov. 22: Charleston Southern
  • Nov. 29: Georgia Tech

By the Numbers

  • 7 home games
  • 4 away games
  • 1 neutral site game
  • 2 power non-conference games
  • 4 projected preseason top 25 teams (Clemson, South Carolina, Missouri, Auburn)

Strength of Schedule Rank

  • SEC East: 5th
  • SEC overall: 7th

Notes:

Cross-divisional opponents: Arkansas and Auburn
Opponents winning %: 92-61 (.601)
Bye weeks: Before South Carolina and Florida
Biggest swing game: South Carolina

Like last season, Georgia has to be cocked and loaded for the front-end of their schedule. Hosting Clemson and making a road trip to South Carolina the first two games will be tough, even with a bye week sandwiched between, and we’ll know right away whether the Bulldogs are a serious contender for the College Football Playoff.

The Bulldogs are seeking revenge against Clemson, who beat the Dawgs in their house last year, and UGA’s rivalry with South Carolina is one of the most underrated rivalries in college football. Again for 2014, the Georgia-Carolina game will play a significant part in how the East race shakes out.

The Bulldogs face a four-game skid against Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky, all away from Sanford Stadium. Road games at Missouri and Arkansas precedes the bye week before Florida and Kentucky come calling. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party usually brings blood, and Kentucky could be much better than they were last year. The biggest gimmie of the four is Arkansas, who is in strict rebuilding mode.

The Bulldogs’ biggest swing game and most important game is South Carolina. Obviously, getting off to a great start 1-0 against the SEC East’s biggest contender would have massive implications and would give the Bulldogs the head-to-head victory.

Georgia is one of the few teams to play two legitimate power non-conference teams against Clemson and Georgia Tech. Few teams in college football even want to tackle that feat.

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