Shaking up Dawgs’ football schedule a great idea

classic bulldog bodyWith the release Wednesday via 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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July 21st, 2011
10:49 am

Cobb Dawg

July 21st, 2011
10:52 am

Don’t think the order of the games matters all that much. But the skeds definitely look tougher in both of those years.

Frank Lane

July 21st, 2011
10:53 am

Agree. Better.

UGA Alum

July 21st, 2011
10:56 am

Troll Power Ratings

July 21st, 2011
10:58 am

Win this year.


July 21st, 2011
10:59 am

How long is Greg McGarity’s contract? I’m not sure McGarity will be around to watch these games if the team keeps losing so many games. I still can’t figure out why McGarity scheduled Boise State for the opener, and opted to keep the Florida game in Jacksonville instead of rotating to Athens. McGarity is lost 4 years down the road, instead of focusing on what he can do today to help get this team back to winning football games.


July 21st, 2011
11:02 am

Greg McGarity is the best thing to happen to UGA athletics since Herschel Walker.

Delbert D.

July 21st, 2011
11:03 am

McGarity’s stated plan for scheduling when he gave his first press conference was to not schedule out of conference home-and-home games. Did alums talk him into the Clemson games? I think they are great for the fans.


July 21st, 2011
11:04 am

I wish we could move the South Carolina game to like 8th in the year. They ALWAYS fold like a cheap beach chair at years end, but play pretty good the first 3 or 4 weeks. Kentucky clobbered them late last year.


July 21st, 2011
11:05 am

Need an open week each year before the FLA game. Definitely an advantage for the Gators when they do and we don’t, and they usually have one. .. Go Dawgs!


July 21st, 2011
11:07 am

Florida on the way back to being Charlie Pell like.

Vance Duly

July 21st, 2011
11:10 am

Give us a patsy in for the season opener (so that suspensions for idiotic behavior can be served, etc.) and an open date before Florida, and that’s all I would need. Clemson could be a dangerous opening game……. Gotta look out for North Texas’ long snapper, though!


July 21st, 2011
11:18 am

The Clemson home-and-home series was scheduled by Damon Evans back in 2005.


July 21st, 2011
11:23 am

At least we’re not flying out west to play a mid-tier team in order to expand our brand. Maybe that was just Damon’s way of expanding his pantie collection.


July 21st, 2011
11:25 am

I don’t understand the bye week placement at all. In 2013, we have LSU, Tennessee, and Alabama all in a row, then a bye week before a home game against Kentucky. In 2014, they come before Vanderbilt and Kentucky! In what universe does that make sense?


July 21st, 2011
11:25 am

UGA should never play Clemson. There is nothing to gain for UGA sho already plays the other South Carolina school. UGA only gets one or two recruits out of SC each year. Clemson and SC get 10 – 20 recruits per year out of GA. Clemson needs the game but UGA does not.

" HOT " seat

July 21st, 2011
11:26 am

Coach Richt,
Please don’t run off Richard Samuel,
he is the only decent experienced running back left on the roster.

jesus gave it all....mark richt....not so much

July 21st, 2011
11:29 am

the “load em up front” schedule was adopted by ray goof so that he could be 4-0 before he played UT. I like keeping Clemson permanent. We used to play Clemson and South Carolina back to back. but then again….we used to have a hard nose, tough, leave it all on the field football program……


July 21st, 2011
11:30 am

You all must not understand how football schedules are put together. The SEC gives you select dates to take your bye week. Also, the out of conference games are scheduled years in advance and are contractual. In order to get out of these games there is usually a buyout agreement.


July 21st, 2011
11:31 am

Samuels will be known by ALL SEC followers by mid season. He has matured greatly in two years since he played RB….and At 6′2” and 240 with 4.5 speed. look out. He also has been preparing his body for LB the last 12 months. Have mercy on any DB trying to bring him down.


July 21st, 2011
11:37 am

If Florida takes an open date the weekend before the Ga Fla game in 2013 and 2014 then this schedule puts the Dawgs at a disadvantage.


July 21st, 2011
11:38 am

Sounds good to me!

Lowcountry Dawg

July 21st, 2011
11:38 am

Would love to see us play Clemson every year again!


July 21st, 2011
11:40 am

Beat the Gators or be gone…that’s this year’s mantra.

F*cking A

July 21st, 2011
11:50 am

I always wondered why UGA took their bye week before Tech instead of the week before UF. I guess it’s better to own the state than the southeast and keep some of those locally grown kids from going to Tech…

Athens= God's Country

July 21st, 2011
11:53 am

2013 looks brutal. We should have a SPECIAL team that year, however.

I love moving the USC game to at least the 3rd game. I agree with the blawgger who said that UGA has nothing to gain from playing Clempson. Clempson has everything to gain. The SEC is hard week in and week out. Throw a Duke, Baylor, or Syracuse in there. Weak teams, but enough to keep the fans interest.


July 21st, 2011
11:54 am

Does the schedule really matter? 5 ranked teams in 13′, 4 in 14′, Richt can’t beat ranked teams anymore, 0-5 against ranked teams in 10′.

7-5 in 13′, 8-4 in 14′. Losses to all ranked teams, just like last year.


July 21st, 2011
11:54 am

Dogs have some recent history of one game suspensions, Scheduling a BS game first is an obvious gamble. If you win, I’ll promise to come back and praise you.


July 21st, 2011
11:55 am

before you all blow mcgarity’s horn, let us not forget former ad damon evans. mcgarity would not be able to make all of these moves and pull any of these strings without the soundness of finance and management that was damon evans. it doesn’t matter if he got caught wearing drag, it has nothing to do with how he went about his business at UGA. He did not hire CMR or Coach Fox. He is not responsible for the expansion of Buuts-Mehre or Stegman. Let us see how he handles all of the teams, the coaches, and the pot of gold he was left with before we sing his accolades.

Boise Dawg

July 21st, 2011
11:56 am

Delber D. I think his stated plan was to never travel out of the south for a road game….(Arizona St., Colorado). This is why he cancelled the Oregon series. Personally I love the national exposure and playing a variety of major programs around the country. I like the series with Clemson, but don’t want to see a situation where the only big OOC games we play are against ACC teams.


July 21st, 2011
11:59 am

Bill King -

“Both schedules feature two open dates (though, unfortunately, neither is the week before the Florida game”

Why should that matter? UGA loses either way.


July 21st, 2011
12:07 pm

Im not so sure I like it. Admittedly it sounds good, but I like to think that getting S.C. early in the schedule always contributed to our dominance. Once S.C. gets going throughout the season, every SEC fans knows what they are capable of (or who they upset for that matter). UGA almost always looks better on paper when compared to S.C. , so getting them early is to our advantage IMO.

Richt is GONE!

July 21st, 2011
12:14 pm

No way our current coaching staff makes it past those two years. Even if Richt pulls another rabbit out of his hat to save his job this year in the weakened down East…he will not survive years where he must face LSU and Bama plus adding a quality OOC game with Clemson simply nails the end of the Richt era on the wall. No way Pollack or 680 the fan will save his job a second time and third time.

Dawg 39

July 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

I sure like having the open date before the Fla. game this year. Not sure about 2013 & 14 but the schedules are about as good as we could expect. Will Richt be around ? Doubful… Will the next coach be better or even as good ? Doubtful…

Ricky 4

July 21st, 2011
12:27 pm

Who cares. Let’s play ball.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

South Alabama….North Texas….Charleston Southern…..App State…..?

And here I was thinking we were a Division I School all this time!

Silly me.

ca dawg

July 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

i’d actually like to play SC even later in the year–they almost always have depth problems, and we play them when they’re healthy and fresh. georgia teams under richt have as a rule improved as the season went on, not gotten worse. i think it would be an advantage to play them later on.

NC Dawg

July 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Open date before Fla. should be top priority…middle of the year…good time to rest bodies and mind. Aside from that, I have no problem scheduling some “lesser” teams if it means added victories. Florida does it and no one complains about the extra wins.

Theron Sapp

July 21st, 2011
1:11 pm

I’m not sure North Texas and Appalachian State are the stuff of a “very attractive home schedule.”

Alabama Jack

July 21st, 2011
1:17 pm

Who cares? its only jawga.


July 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

Has anyone seen the Florida schedule for the same two years? If the Gators have both byes before Georgia AGAIN, then McGarity needs to be gone. I realize that an AD has limited control over this, but he needs to be pounding the SEC offices like Nick Saban (rightfully too) did when it came to light that they were facing so many teams that had a bye. Folks complain about the game being in Jacksonville every year and while that has some validity, but Florida having had off almost every week before this game since 93 while Georgia was playing an SEC opponent is FAR more disadvantageous. That needs to be balanced out like it is this year.

Dawg Man

July 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

We are going to be National Champs anyway for the next 6 years!!!!!! With all our dream team recruits, we will run everybody off the field.


July 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

These schedules suck. We need the easy games early (like NFL preseason games) to evaluate talent in game situations, give freshman experience before being thrown into the fire, and get the offense back in a rythm. And, it is suicide to not have an off week before Fl. 17 losses in 20 tries proves it.

Cheech AND Chong

July 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

I’ll have some of the stuff Dawg Man is smoking.

Denver Dawg

July 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

I’m not one to make excuses, but since Florida has an open date before us EVERY YEAR, it might be smart to copy them for this one thing. Just sayin’…

Urban Meyer

July 21st, 2011
1:53 pm

Do you GA fans realize how silly you sound – instead of trying to manipulate the schedule why don’t you stop making excuses and beat UF if you can.Open date here, open date there, Clemson yes, Clemson no, SC early, SC late – why don’t you just shut up and beat us?


July 21st, 2011
1:57 pm

The SEC has 12 teams. The Big Ten now has 12 teams. I would love to see one weekend a season where, just like in basketball with the Big Ten – ACC showdown, you have the Big Ten – SEC football weekend. Imagine it. Alabama vs. Ohio State, Florida vs. Penn State, Georgia vs. Nebraska, LSU vs. Michigan. Play six games at SEC stadiums and six games at Big Ten stadiums. Then flip the venues for the next season. It’s basically a conference vs. conference home-and-home.


July 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

tech and Florida are the only games that should always remain just about where they are.

I hope that we will continue to play tech and one other real college team each year. As for the other games against teams like Coastal Carolina and South Alabama, I guess this gives me a chance to give those tickets to friends and relatives who never get to experience gameday in Athens.

Sorry we have abandoned the home and home stuff started under Evans. Going to Boulder and Tempe was like going to a Bowl game. Their fans could not get over the number of fans traveling with the Bulldogs and adding a few days after the game gave us a chance to see the area.

Going to Stillwater? Not so much!!! At least I can mark that off my list of places to ever visit again!


July 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Why so many cupcakes?????????


July 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

Me don’t think da schedule is da porblem.