2013 UGA Football Schedule:

1. 8/31, 8:00 ABC -@Clemson – UGA’s nearest geographic rival, a few miles closer than Tech.
2. 9/7, 4:30 ESPN -South Carolina – Cocks have beaten Dawgs for 3 straight for 1st time ever.
(BYE) – Early practice period after 2 Palmetto State teams.
3. 9/21 -North Texas – Mean Green have some pretty alums.
4. 9/28 -LSU – Last trip to Athens featured phantom unsportsmanlike call on AJ.
5. 10/5 -@Tennessee – Dawgs have won 3 straight in series.
6. 10/12 -Missouri – Mizzou’s 1st time Between the Hedges.
7. 10/19 -@Vanderbilt – Nashville called hippest city in USA by GQ magazine.
(BYE) – Bye before Cocktail Party has resulted in past wins.
8. 11/2, 3:30 CBS -Florida – Dawgs go for 3 straight wins in Jacksonville.
9. 11/9 -Appalachian State – App State a regional small league power.
10. 11/16 -@Auburn – Back-to-back trips to the Plains in SEC scheduling quirk.
11. 11/23 -Kentucky – No football Midnight Madness.
12. 11/30 -@Tech – ATL, represent.
12/7, 4:00 CBS -SEC Championship – GO DAWGS!
Jan 2014 -Bowl – Richt 8-4 as head coach in bowl games, including 2-1 in BCS.

Schedule Analysis: South Carolina and Clemson each won 11 games, with Clemson beating SEC power LSU in a bowl and Carolina blowing the Dawgs out in Columbia. LSU won 10 games and is annually a big, deep, talented team. LSU owns a slightly better overall winning percentage than UGA during the 12-year Richt tenure, and is the only SEC program to be able make that claim. Going undefeated in those three games with a rebuilt defense seems improbable, though it does favor UGA that both SEC match ups are played Between the Hedges, where Georgia was undefeated in 2012. The back half of the schedule could be another clean slate for the Dawgs, for a third consecutive season. The biggest challenge there is clearly 11-win Florida at the Cocktail Party, where UGA has won twice consecutively. Georgia also must guard against a midseason upset at 9-win Vandy, where some good UGA teams have struggled. BAMA-GEORGIA SEC rematch appears fairly likely, with the other true challengers to the conference throne in this order: South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida. Only these six programs have a legitimate shot at winning the SEC in 2013.