Welcome to Mark Richt’s new charmed existence.
While it’s impossible to project how difficult a schedule will be until a season plays out, it’s safe to assume Georgia just caught a huge break. Instead being forced to travel to Alabama next season as previously scheduled, the Bulldogs will play at Missouri.
That means for the second straight season, the Dogs will avoid Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. And they play Mississippi again.
The SEC released its 2012 schedule Wednesday. There are three changes from the original schedule Georgia was supposed to play. The Sept. 8 game at South Carolina just became at Missouri (which will be making its SEC debut). The Oct. 6 game at Alabama is now at South Carolina. Also, the open date before the Oct. 27 Florida game is now on Oct. 13, the week before the Kentucky game.
When you add the fact that Georgia will open the season against Buffalo against Boise State, this qualifies as potentially one of the easier schedules they’ll play in recent memory. The Dogs’ non-conference games will come against Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.
In the SEC East, Florida must play LSU and newcomer Texas A&M, and South Carolina plays LSU and Arkansas.
Teams sometimes are better than projected (and vice versa). But here’s how Georgia’s 2012 schedule breaks downs, including current Sagarin computer ranking, just for some kind of measurement.
Sept. 1: Buffalo, 135.
Sept. 8: at Missouri, 16.
Sept. 15: Florida Atlantic, 190.
Sept. 22: Vanderbilt, 36.
Sept. 29: Tennessee, 53.
Oct. 6: at South Carolina, 15.
Oct. 13: Bye.
Oct. 20: at Kentucky, 87.
Oct. 27: Florida (Jacksonville), 35.
Nov. 3: Mississippi, 112.
Nov. 10: Auburn, 45.
Nov. 17: Georgia Southern, 84.
Nov. 24: Georgia Tech, 50.
How many losses do you see on that schedule?
By Jeff Schultz