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Georgia Bulldogs: Previewing and Predicting Every Game on the 2013 Schedule

Week 1: @Clemson

 

Location: Clemson, SC

Date: August 31

Time: 8 PM

TV: ABC

Preview: It's the clash of the "O."  Georgia-Clemson in primetime? Pass the popcorn.  This should be an exciting and intriguing matchup that will attract a national television audience.  Clemson is led by dynamic, dual-threat quarterback Tajh Boyd, who decided to come back to Clemson for his senior season.  

Clemson has great offensive weapons around Boyd including sensational WR Sammy Watkins.  Georgia also has another lethal offense with great balance led by QB Aaron Murray, RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, and their deep wide receiving corps.  

Clemson and Georgia should sport two of the top offenses in the nation, and this game could potentially be a shootout.  Ultimately, the Bulldogs' SEC Defense gets in done.

Prediction: Georgia 45-Clemson 38

Week 2: vs. South Carolina

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: September 6

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Steve Spurrier has done a good job at South Carolina.  In fact, he has done an outstanding job including taking a team known for their mediocre winning tradition to back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time in South Carolina history.  The "Ole' Ball Coach" has also recruited well, and the results are evident on the gridiron.  

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney leads the Gamecocks and is in contention for the Heisman Trophy.  Although the Gamecocks no longer have RB Marcus Lattimore, Sophmore RB Mike Davis looks like a capable SEC RB as he has good size.  Don't look for South Carolina's rushing game to wither without Lattimore.  Also, don't forget about the explosive one-two punch at quarterback in Conner Shaw and Dylan Thompson.  Carolina has won 3 of the last 4 games against the Bulldogs, but Georgia won't let it happen again.  

Prediction:  Georgia 24-South Carolina 17


Week 3: BYE


Week 4: vs. North Texas

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: September 21

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: The North Texas Mean Green aren't very mean.  This game could be over by halftime as Georgia hopes to get ready for LSU the next week.  Aaron Murray's ability to spread the field through the air, RB Todd Gurley's tough rushing ability, and RB Keith Marshall's explosiveness will be too much for North Texas.  

Prediction: Georgia 45-North Texas 10

Week 5: vs. LSU

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: September 28

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Well, LSU is another team like Georgia that lost a lot of starters on the defensive side of the ball.  The offense of LSU was certainly potent at times last year, but it should be better with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.  Veteran QB Zach Mettenberger will look to be a bigger part of the LSU offense in 2013.  Running back is a strength for LSU.  They return dynamic and powerful runner in Jeremy Hill along with Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard.  If I could name what head coach Les Miles is good at, it's recruiting.  LSU still has talent on the defensive side of the ball, but it will probably take some time for the new starters to play to their potential.  Ultimately, LSU can't stop the Bulldog's O.  

Prediction: Georgia 31-LSU 24

Week 6: @Tennessee

 

Location: Knoxville, TN

Date: October 5

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Head Coach Butch Jones looks like the right guy to lead the Tennessee Volunteers back to the national spotlight.  After leading Cincinnati to a 10-3 record in 2011 and a 9-3 record last season, he was hired by Tennessee after the firing of Derek Dooley in Knoxville.  

Tennessee has been rebuilding the last few seasons to say the least.  The Big Orange faithful have to be patient with Butch Jones as rebuilding in the rugged SEC is all but easy.  It will take a few seasons for the Vols to be back in SEC contention.  Still, the Volunteers have SEC talent and can never be counted out as Georgia almost slipped up last season.  

Prediction: Georgia 24- Tennessee 14

Week 7: vs. Missouri

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: October 12

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Missouri certainly had a surprise in their first year in the SEC.  The Tigers went to 7 straight bowl games before last season's 5-7 dissapointment.  Missouri still has talent especially on offense with QB James Franklin who was one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation until last years injury riddin season.  

Missouri should have on of the nations top breakout players in 2013 in WR Dorial Green-Beckham.  Beckham was the #1 overall recruit in the class of 2012.  Missouri should be better with an SEC season under their belt, but they can't beat Georgia.

Prediction:  Georgia 45- Missouri 21

Week 8: @Vanderbilt

 

Location: Nashville, TN

Date: October 19

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: James Franklin has done an outstanding job at Vanderbilt.  Franklin has lead Vanderbilt to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history and a bowl win for the second time in school annals in his first two seasons as head coach.  The Georgia-Vandy game hasn't been boring since the Grantham-Franklin affair.  

Vanderbilt has a talented and stingy defense, a good offense, and one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Jordan Matthews.  This could be a potential slip up game for the Bulldogs as they might be looking ahead to their annual slug-match with Florida.  Although Vanderbilt will put up a valiant effort, Georgia will find a way to sneak by the Commodores in Nashville.

Prediction: Georgia 24-Vanderbilt 21

Week 9: BYE


Week 10: vs. Florida 

 

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Date: November 2

Time: 3:30

TV: CBS

Prediction:  Head coach Will Muschamp certainly knows how to play defense, he just needs to work on his offense.  Muschamp was hired at Florida before the 2011 season after Urban Meyer left his job and eventually went on to coach at Ohio State.  Muschamp who played safety at UGA in the '90s was a very successful defensive coordinator at Texas before being hired at Florida.  In 2011, Florida had #8 defense in the nation.  In 2012, the Gators had the #5 best defensive unit in the country.  Muschamp has loads of talent on the defensive side of the ball, for he is an outstanding recruiter.  

QB Jeff Driskel leads the Gator's offense that has been very inconsistent and has trouble putting points on the board.  It sure didn't help to have RB Mike Gillislee who was UF's leading rusher in 2012 graduate.  Florida still has great talent with RB Matt Jones and the class of 2013's #6 running back according to Rivals.com in Kelvin Taylor.  

Florida is the scariest team on Georgia's 2013 slate in my opinion.  Florida is ultra-talented, and if will take a great effort in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" for Georgia to come out with a win.   The Georgia-Florida rivalry is one of the best in college football and will be a deciding factor in who will go to Atlanta. 

Prediction: I'll take the field.


Week 11: vs. Appalachian State

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: November 9

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview:  Appalachian State can't be overlooked.  Just ask Michigan.  The Bulldogs will be tired after a rough and physical battle with Florida, but the Mountaineers can't compete with SEC talent.

Prediction: Georgia 55-Appalachian State 10

Week 12: @Auburn

 

Location: Auburn, AL

Date: November 16

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Well, Auburn has had a crazy few season.  From winning the 2010 BCS Championship to a 3-9 debacle which led to the firing of head coach Gene Chizik.  Auburn is hopeful that it will return to its winning ways with the hire of former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.  

Malzahn was the offensive coordinator in the BCS Championship season and is known for his innovative play-calling.  Malzahn is an offensive guru and with his help the Tiger's should have a better season offensively.  

The Tigers main question marks is on the defensive side of the ball.  They had a poor defensive performance last season, and it won't change overnight.  They also have questions on the offensive side of the ball especially at quarterback.  The strength for this team is the running back duo of Tre Mason and JUCO transfer Cameron Artis-Payne.  

The Auburn faithful will see their beloved Tiger's thrive under Malzahn, but need to be patient.  Overall, Georgia's offense will be way too good for the Tigers to handle, and the Bulldogs will win and put themselves ahead all time in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

Prediction: Georgia 42-Auburn 20


Week 13: vs. Kentucky

 

Location: Athens, GA

Date: November 23

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Kentucky is rebuilding.  At least that's what they hope after hiring new head coach Mark Stoops and bringing in a solid recruiting class given the circumstances.  After a nightmare, 2-10 season in 2012, Joker Phillips was fired as head coach and Mark Stoops was hired at in Kentucky's vacated head coaching slot after being defensive coordinator for Florida State.  

Kentucky might surprise a few people in 2012 as they have some quality offensive talent and a defense that has very good potential.  They won't be able to compete with the likes of Georgia this season, though.

Prediction: Georgia 35-Kentucky 14

Week 14: @Georgia Tech

 

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: December 7

Time: TBA

TV: TBA

Preview: Well, the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry or "Clean-Old Fashioned Hate" as the annual meeting is called has been slightly leaning in Georgia's favor.  Georgia has won 11 games against Tech for the past 12 seasons.  

Georgia is leading the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech overall 62-40-5.  Georgia has better talent than Tech, plays better football, and has simply outclassed them for most years.  This certainly won't change this year.

Prediction: Georgia 45-GA Tech 17

Overview: Georgia has high expectations on the offensive side of the ball in 2013.  They should have one of the top offenses in the nation.  Even though Georgia lost a lot of starters on defense, they still have good talent and depth on that side of the football.  Coaches and players have even said that the offense will be smaller but just as fast if not faster in 2013.  Though I hope for a dominating defense, its hard to replace Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree, etc.  

I think Georgia's offense will win games for them, and their defense will do enough to send them to the SEC Championship in Atlanta for the third straight season.  Who knows? They could gather a ring or two along the way.


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