The Bulldogs open the season with one of the marquee games in the first weekend of college football. The team travels to Clemson to take on the Tigers under the lights on national television in what will be an extremely difficult game. I expect this to be a shootout and for Georgia’s young secondary to struggle against Tajh Boyd and Clemson’s talented receivers.
Dawgs lose 38-34.
September 7 – South Carolina
I think Georgia will go 1-1 in its first two games. I’m not sure whether the Dawgs will beat Clemson or South Carolina but I predict they’ll get one victory and I’ll take South Carolina because the game is being played in Athens. South Carolina should have an excellent defense but they still have some major questions on offense. With UGA playing its first home game and Aaron Murray wanting to make up for last season’s performance, this is the year for the team to snap the losing streak against the Gamecocks.
Dawgs win 24-16
September 21 – North Texas
This is when Georgia exhales during the ridiculously difficult four game stretch to open the season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dawgs sleepwalk through the first 20 minutes of this game before turning it on and running away in the second half. This should be a great opportunity for Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, & Keith Marshall to put up some huge numbers and for the defense to gain some confidence before heading into the heart of the SEC schedule.
Dawgs win 48-10.
September 28 – LSU
LSU scares the heck out of me. You never know what Les Miles and his team are going to do. They could come out and play like an NFL team or they could make so many mental mistakes that they can’t get out of their own way. People that are projecting LSU to have a down year are playing with fire because, even when LSU is down, they’re still capable of beating any team in America. I think this will be a game where Georgia has to rely on Aaron Murray to make big plays to win it. And I think our senior leader will get it done.
Dawgs win 27-23.
October 5 - @ Tennessee
If the Dawgs beat LSU, the Tennessee game becomes much more dangerous. Georgia will be flying high from a victory over the Bayou Bengals and playing on the road at Neyland Stadium has given the team trouble over the years. The Vols have nothing to lose and the team will be desperate to get a signature win against a marquee opponent in Butch Jones’ first season as head coach. It’s one of these games that could easily go down in the category of, “How did we lose to them?!”
Dawgs win 31-28.
October 12 – Missouri
Grown man football makes its way to Athens this season after UGA rudely welcomed the Tigers to the SEC last year. Missouri simply doesn’t have the depth or talent to compete yet in the SEC and the Dawgs shouldn’t have any trouble handling the Tigers again this season. I’d love to see this be a game where Mike Bobo runs the ball 45 times and the offense churns out 300 yards rushing. Punch ‘em in the mouth.
Dawgs win 35-13.
October 19 - @ Vanderbilt
The 48-3 win over Vanderbilt was one of the oddest outcomes in the SEC last season. As good as they were last season, the Dawgs were not 45 points better than Vandy. James Franklin clearly has the Commodores on the rise and they can no longer be penciled in as an easy win by any team in the SEC East. I think Georgia has enough talent and depth to get this win on the road but it will definitely be a challenge and they must avoid making stupid mistakes.
Dawgs win 30-26.
November 2 – Florida
I hate this game so much. Even though Georgia has now won two straight in the rivalry, I still feel like this game brings out the worst in the Dawgs. Whether it’s penalties, turnovers, or missed assignments, it always feels like the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is played by two drunk teams. As poorly as Georgia has played over the past few years, they’ve been fortunate that Florida has played even worse. I’m worried that won’t happen again this season.
Dawgs lose 21-17.
November 9 – Appalachian State
Hopefully Appalachian State will be able to take the money they make from this game and use it for a lot of great programs for the university. Unfortunately, that probably won’t do much to ease the sting of the beating the football team is going to take at the hands of the Dawgs, especially if they’re coming off a loss to Florida in the previous week. This is the game when everyone looks ahead to next season with optimism because of Hutson Mason.
Dawgs win 52-14.
November 16 - @ Auburn
People are very excited about Gus Malzahn bringing his offense back to Auburn and they should be. He’s a great recruiter and it shouldn’t take him long to improve the Tigers’ offense in a big way. The problem is – Auburn is still required to play defense. Brian Van Gorder’s defense was a disaster last season in the SEC as a unit that lacked discipline and fundamentals. They have some promising young talent on the defensive side of the ball but it might take a season or two before things come together.
Dawgs win 37-28.
November 23 – Kentucky
Georgia’s national championship hopes last season hinged on a 4th quarter comeback on the road at Kentucky. Yes. At Kentucky. Aaron Murray made enough plays late for the Dawgs to win but it was still a very uninspired performance. I expect UGA to have learned the lesson that you don’t get weeks off in the SEC and to make short work of the Wildcats. Georgia will have the advantage at nearly every position on the field and there’s really no reason this game should be close.
Dawgs win 44-20.
November 30 - @ Georgia Tech
It’s so fun to finish the regular season each year with a game that proves the Dawgs are the best college football team in the state. I think Georgia Tech will try to hang on to the ball to keep Georgia’s explosive offense off the field but Todd Grantham has shown an ability to prepare for the triple option and his defense typically has good success against this throwback style of offense.
Dawgs win 30-21.
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