Georgia Football: 4 Games That Could Ruin the Bulldogs' 2014 Season
The Georgia Bulldogs could do a lot of special things this season.
If they can stay healthy and the defense improves from what it was last season, they could have a chance to not only win the SEC, but also be one of the four teams that reach the first annual College Football Playoff.
But the Bulldogs have been in position before to have a chance to be a national champion and came up short because they lost a game early or late in the season, and it came back to bite them.
So here’s a look at four games that could ruin the Bulldogs’ 2014 season.
September 13 at South Carolina
This will be the first SEC test for the Bulldogs when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to face the Gamecocks.
The team led by Steve Spurrier will not feature quarterback Connor Shaw or defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. But the Gamecocks still have very talented players on the roster, including running back Mike Davis, who is one of the better backs in the country.
Also, with this contest being the first road game of the 2014 season for the Bulldogs, it will be a game where they may make some costly mistakes, which could lead to a crucial loss.
That said, the winner of this game doesn’t necessarily determine the winner of the SEC East, but beating the Gamecocks will help the team gain some early ground on the division, which is never a bad thing.
September 27 vs. Tennessee
On paper, Georgia is a much better team than Tennessee. But this could be one of those games where the Vols play one of their best games of the year and upend the Bulldogs.
Last year, the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in overtime in Knoxville. That game was an emotional roller coaster for both teams, but the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on a Tennessee mistake to win the game.
So motivation will be the big factor for the Vols coming into this game. And in order for Georgia to avoid the upset, they will have to just play their game and not make mistakes, which is easier said than done.
November 1 vs. Florida
The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings, and they have a very good chance to win against Florida for the fourth straight season.
However, after a miserable 4-8 2013 season, the Gators are looking to bounce back in a huge way, and a signature win for them would be to beat their division rival.
With quarterback Jeff Driskel returning after breaking his leg early last year, the Gators will be better on offense, and the defense will always be strong under head coach Will Muschamp.
This will not be an easy game for the Bulldogs to win. But then again, it never is easy when they play the Gators.
November 15 vs. Auburn
Auburn had a magical season last year, and a big reason why they were able to win the SEC Championship was they had an improbable game-winning touchdown pass against Georgia.
Georgia will obviously be looking for revenge, and with the game being played at Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs will come into the game as the favorites.
But the Tigers still have some firepower on offense despite losing running back Tre Mason and offensive lineman Greg Robinson. Quarterback Nick Marshall is back, and he would love nothing more than to beat his former team in his home state.
Like other games in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, this has the makings of another classic.
Other than the South Carolina game, the Bulldogs are the favorites to win every game they play this season, according to the Golden Nugget.
That doesn’t mean a whole lot at this point, but oddsmakers do like the Bulldogs this season, and based on the talent they have coming back, the Bulldogs do have a chance to do something special.
But this is the SEC, and there is always going to be that team or two that could derail the Bulldogs’ chances to reach their goals.
It has happened before, and there is no reason that it can’t happen again.