With the release Wednesday via Sicemdawgs.com of Georgia’s tentative football schedules for 2013 and 2014, it looks like we’re starting to see Greg McGarity’s influence, and he isn’t afraid to shake things up.
Both schedules feature two open dates (though, unfortunately, neither is the week before the Florida game) and the nonconference games are spread throughout the season (both seasons open with the latest home-and-home with Clemson). The Dogs do have an open date before Georgia Tech in 2013, and they tune up for the Jackets the next year with Charleston Southern.
But the most noticeable change is that South Carolina no longer occupies the traditional (since 1991) spot as the Dogs’ SEC season-opener, with a trip to Vanderbilt (!) being the first conference game in 2013 and the Dogs opening the SEC wars on the road against Arkansas the next year.
The 2013 plan is a bit unusual in that the Dawgs are on the road for the first two games, but overall it’s a very attractive home schedule: at Clemson (Aug. 31), at Vandy (Sept. 7), South Carolina (Sept. 14), North Texas (Sept. 21), at LSU (Sept. 28), at Tennessee (Oct. 5), Alabama (Oct. 12), Kentucky (Oct. 26), Florida in Jacksonville (Nov. 2), Appalachian State (Nov. 9), Auburn (Nov. 16), at Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
In 2014, it goes like this: Clemson (Aug. 30), at Arkansas (Sept. 6), at South Carolina (Sept. 13), Vandy (Sept. 27), Tennessee (Oct. 4), LSU (Oct. 11), at Kentucky (Oct. 25), Florida in Jacksonville (Nov. 1), South Alabama (Oct. 8), at Auburn (Nov. 15), Charleston Southern (Nov. 22), Georgia Tech (Nov. 20).
I don’t know about you, but I like mixing the schedule up a bit. I’m as big a traditionalist as you’ll find, but aside from the Jacksonville game being in the vicinity of Halloween and the Dogs closing with rivals Auburn and Tech I don’t see any reason for Georgia to be locked into playing the same teams at the same point in the schedule each year. And I particularly like having the less challenging games sprinkled throughout the schedule instead of all bunched up in the first few weeks like it used to be.
What do you think of this scheduling approach?
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