Georgia Football: Final Game-by-Game Schedule Predictions
We are two weeks away from the start of the college football season, and the Georgia Bulldogs have put in a lot of work this month in order to great ready for the 2014 campaign.
The AP poll was recently released, and the Bulldogs came in at No. 12. That means the media thinks the Bulldogs will have a bounce-back season and will have a chance to win the SEC and be a part of the first-ever College Football Playoff.
But will this be the year the Bulldogs take the next step and make a run at the national title? Will they be able to survive their SEC schedule and not have any loses that would keep them from their goals?
Here’s a final look at the game-by-game schedule predictions for the Bulldogs.
August 30 vs. Clemson
Georgia’s first game will be against a team that lost a lot of firepower on offense. Head coach Dabo Swinney will break in two new quarterbacks, and those quarterbacks will have to find a top target at receiver since Sammy Watkins has moved on to the NFL.
But Swinney will have his players ready to go, and the defense will be stronger than last season with seven starters returning led by All-American Vic Beasley. That said, the Bulldogs have more experience on both sides of the ball, and with this game being in Athens, the Bulldogs will take this one in a high-scoring affair.
Georgia 38, Clemson 34
September 13 at South Carolina
Like Clemson, South Carolina lost key pieces on both sides of the ball, including NFL No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. But they still have Mike Davis, who is one of the better running backs in the SEC, and Dylan Thompson is a quarterback who has proven he can win in this league.
The Bulldogs were able to get past South Carolina last year in a high-scoring affair. This time, the scoreboard won’t light up as much, and because this will be the first road game for a Bulldogs team that still has to jell, South Carolina will come away with the win.
South Carolina 24, Georgia 23
September 20 vs. Troy
After two rough and physical games, Georgia will get a little bit of a breather when it faces Troy in Athens.
The Trojans are no pushover by any means. In fact, they were ranked 13th in the nation last season in passing offense. But the Bulldogs have too much talent on offense and defense to make this game close in the fourth quarter.
Georgia 45, Troy 17
September 27 vs. Tennessee
For the last two seasons, Tennessee has been the least talented team between them and the Bulldogs, but each year, the Vols have taken UGA down to the wire.
This year will not be the same story. Despite having 10 starters returning, the Vols will have to replace nearly their entire offensive line and will also have to replace Rajion Neal, who was the team’s leading rusher last season.
When Georgia played Tennessee last year, they lost Keith Marshall and Justin Scott-Wesley to season-ending injuries. The same thing won’t happen again this year, and the Bulldogs will win in a convincing fashion.
Georgia 28, Tennessee 14
October 4 vs. Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt got a key win against the Bulldogs last year, which led to a 9-4 record. New head coach Derek Mason inherits a team that has seven returning starters on offense and five on defense.
But as talented as guys like Jerron Seymour and Kyle Woestmann are for the Commodores, the Bulldogs will be seeking revenge against them and will likely get it in a huge way.
Georgia 45, Vanderbilt 20
October 11 at Missouri
This will be another tough road game for the Bulldogs, as they will face the defending SEC East champions.
Despite not having James Franklin under center, Maty Mauk proved he can be an elite quarterback in the conference as he helped the Tigers beat Georgia last year.
The Bulldogs will be a more seasoned team at this point of the year, but so will the Tigers, and the crowd for that game could make a big difference when push comes to shove.
Missouri 24, Georgia 21
October 18 at Arkansas
The Bulldogs will travel to Little Rock, not Fayetteville, to play the Razorbacks, which makes it a little more interesting.
The Bulldogs are 7-2 against Arkansas since the Hogs joined the SEC in 1992, and both losses came in Athens. There are some good players for the Razorbacks, such as Alex Collins and Trey Flowers, but they are still a team in transition, and the Bulldogs should have no issues getting an easy win against Bret Bielema’s group.
Georgia 35, Arkansas 10
November 1 at Florida
The Gators had one of their worst seasons in recent memory as they went 4-8 last year and suffered 11 season-ending injuries.
With a new offensive coordinator and a healthy quarterback in Jeff Driskel, Florida should be right back in the thick of the SEC East race, and it would love nothing more than to break the three-game losing streak against Georgia.
However, the Bulldogs look like they no longer fear playing in Jacksonville, and they will be well-rested after having the previous week off. It will be another classic game in Jacksonville if nothing else.
Georgia 24, Florida 17
November 8 at Kentucky
The Bulldogs will have their final road game of the year against a Kentucky squad that did not win an SEC game last season.
The Wildcats did not have the consistent playmakers last year, and for the most part, they still don’t. However, they will be a little better since they will have 16 starters returning.
That still won’t be enough to take down the Bulldogs. The Wildcats will make it a close game to start off with since they will be at home, but the Bulldogs will pull away in the second half.
Georgia 41, Kentucky 24
November 15 vs. Auburn
After being on the road for the last month, the Bulldogs will be back at Sanford Stadium to take on the defending SEC champs.
Because the Tigers have 15 starters back, including quarterback Nick Marshall, they have a chance to be better than what they were last season.
However, the Bulldogs were a batted pass away from defeating the Tigers last season, and that will be on their minds when they play Auburn this year.
This will be a battle all game long, but this will also be the game where Hutson Mason has a late touchdown pass to give Georgia the win. That would be fitting for this game since that is what Auburn did to the Bulldogs last season.
Georgia 37, Auburn 30
November 22 vs. Charleston Southern
The Bulldogs will have another game where they should have their reserves playing in the second half when they take on Charleston Southern.
Again, this is not going to be a pushover team because the Buccaneers are one of the better programs in the FCS. But they are not at the same level as the Bulldogs when it comes to talent, and this will be a tuneup for the Bulldogs before they take on Georgia Tech in the finale.
Georgia 56, Charleston Southern 7
November 29 vs. Georgia Tech
In Mason’s first start as a Bulldog, he led the team to a double-overtime win against Georgia Tech last year.
The Yellow Jackets have not been able to beat the Bulldogs consistently since Mark Richt took over the team in 2001. In fact, the Bulldogs have only lost to the Jackets once in that time span, which came in 2008.
Georgia Tech lost key players on both sides of the ball, but they should, and will, be ready to face Georgia in the final game of the season. But the win last year shows that the Bulldogs know how to beat Tech, and that should not change this year.
Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 21
Final Record: 10-2, 6-2 in the SEC