Georgia opens the 2013 season on August 31st against Clemson, but thoughts on the future have already begun. Last week, the Bulldogs’ 2014 schedule was released with the major questions surrounding games against Clemson, South Carolina, and Florida. Besides the games just mentioned, the Bulldogs look to have a fairly smooth road to another run at an SEC Championship.
The first half of the season poses the most threat to Georgia’s run, as the Bulldogs’ face Clemson and South Carolina within a three- week period. Week 1 has Georgia at home versus Clemson in a non-conference game. 2014 will mark the second consecutive year in which the Bulldogs face the Tigers; this time, though, the matchup takes places in Athens. With an away game at South Carolina on the horizon, starting off the season in Athens will give the Bulldogs some relief. Home-field advantage is a benefit in any game, but starting off a second season against Clemson will put extra pressure on the Bulldogs. The Georgia-Clemson series currently stands at 41-17-4, with Georgia in the lead, but those numbers will change in one week.
Two weeks later, Georgia faces South Carolina in Columbia. In 2013, the Bulldogs have no break in between Clemson and the Gamecocks, making for an intense two opening weeks. Georgia’s 2014 schedule gives the team a bye week in between Clemson and South Carolina. The extra time between Georgia’s toughest games will be a benefit, considering the South Carolina game is away.
Georgia’s next game actually came as a result of a trade with South Carolina. Originally, Georgia was supposed to play South Alabama in 2014, while South Carolina would play Troy. The two teams ended up switching opponents, with Georgia facing Troy on September 20th. South Carolina will meet South Alabama later in the season, on November 8th. The first half of Georgia’s season concludes with home games against Tennessee, Vanderbilt and a road game against Missouri.
Georgia hits the road again on October 18th when the team plays Arkansas. Georgia and Arkansas last met three years ago, with Arkansas winning 31-24. After Arkansas, Georgia heads to Jacksonville to play the Gators on November 1st, before finishing up the season with games against Kentucky, Auburn, Charleston Southern, and Georgia Tech. Georgia’s game against Auburn occurs at home, which is the first time the Bulldogs have played this series at home in two years. Auburn will remain Georgia’s permanent Western Division opponent in the 2014 season.
Aside from the opening games against Clemson and South Carolina, as well as the annual matchup against Florida, Georgia’s 2014 season looks to be non-controversial. For the sixth season in a row, Georgia will not play Alabama in the regular season. In addition, the Bulldogs’ schedule does not contain matchups against Texas A&M or LSU. Leaving those teams off of the schedule usually puts less pressure on the season.
Complete 2014 schedule:
Aug. 30 Clemson
Sept. 6 Open
Sept. 13 at South Carolina
Sept. 20 Troy
Sept. 27 Tennessee
Oct. 4 Vanderbilt
Oct. 11 at Missouri
Oct. 18 at Arkansas
Oct. 25 Open
Nov. 1 vs. Florida in Jacksonville
Nov. 8 at Kentucky
Nov. 15 Auburn
Nov. 22 Charleston Southern
Nov. 29 Georgia Tech