2012 SEC schedule works in Bulldogs’ favor

SEC-Football1UGA fared pretty well in the revamped 2012 SEC football schedule released Wednesday morning.

It’s official that Georgia travels to Missouri Sept. 8 and the South Carolina game, traditionally the conference opener for the Dogs the past couple of decades, moves to Oct. 6, replacing the previously scheduled trip to Alabama.

The Dogs lose the open date ahead of Florida as the visit to Kentucky, originally scheduled for Oct. 13, moves to Oct. 20. But the Gators will have it even tougher, playing host to South Carolina the week before playing Georgia.

Here’s Georgia’s revised conference schedule: Sept. 8 at Missouri, Sept. 22 Vanderbilt in Athens, Sept. 29 Tennessee in Athens, Oct. 6 at South Carolina, Oct. 20 at Kentucky, Oct. 27 Florida in Jacksonville, Nov. 3 Ole Miss in Athens, Nov. 10 at Auburn. The nonconference home schedule looks to remain the same as before, facing Buffalo (Sept. 1), Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15), Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 24).

The bottom line is that the Dogs will again have a favorable conference schedule. South Carolina, on the other hand, must face LSU and Arkansas as its SEC West opponents. You can bet they’re not happy in Columbia.

As for the SEC opener against Missouri, that was widely anticipated so I tried to get a feel for Mizzou by watching a good bit of the Independence Bowl the other night. Unfortunately, North Carolina was such a dismal opponent that it was tough to tell just how good the Tigers were, though it’s obvious quarterback James Franklin, who passed for 132 yards and led Missouri in rushing with 142 yards, is dangerous.

Georgia looks to be the likely favorite again in the SEC East, barring too many losses of key players to the NFL draft. I wasn’t thrilled to hear this week that Branden Smith is one of the Dogs considering leaving early. No doubt the uncertainty about Smith is a factor in the Georgia coaches considering having star wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell possibly also play cornerback some next year, though it’s difficult to gauge just how serious they are about that. Let’s hope the continuing development of Nick Marshall at cornerback makes that unnecessary.

So, overall, I’d say the Dogs are sitting pretty for 2012. What do you think?

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232 comments Add your comment

SBC Pastor

December 28th, 2011
10:58 am

SBC Pastor

December 28th, 2011
10:59 am

I would not say that we are quite to the point of sitting pretty, but I definitely think we are in a pretty good position.

Lenny

December 28th, 2011
11:00 am

Love the conference schedule!

just a fan

December 28th, 2011
11:01 am

Let’s start the new year off right and take care of MSU at the Outback Bowl

Denver Dawg

December 28th, 2011
11:02 am

the Dawgs weren’t scheduled to get Alabama at home – they were GOING to Tuscaloosa, so they didn’t “lose an SEC home game”

KnoxDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:04 am

I like it and I like SC having top play Ark and LSU and we drop Bama. Key is if guys stay who could leave. Others may think they are better than they are and go to the draft. Branden Smith, for example. The guy is barely a starter and maybe the 4th best DB at UGA. I hope his draft assessment opens his eyes. Great talent but not produced for the NFL yet.

BigDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Lowcountry Bulldawg

December 28th, 2011
11:06 am

If Charles/Rambo/Smith come back at worst this team heads in the ‘12 season PreSeason Top10. Many will even have them as a darkhorse MNC team. I can this team going 11-1, stumbling blocks in Mizzou,USCe or against UF, but if this team navigated a 10-2 season with all the Freshman then with a year of seasoning the fanbase should expect to take the next step. Barring defections and injurys then why not say perfection? 12-0 with a matchup with LSU or Bama to go play for the MNC.

Bigdsel5556

December 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Goo dawgs. Hopefully we win the sec.

Roaddawg80

December 28th, 2011
11:07 am

Enter your comments here

The Commish

December 28th, 2011
11:07 am

Merry Christmas Dawgs & Congratulations!! I hope you like the roller skates I bought you for 2012.

Signed,
Commissioner Slive

Roaddawg80

December 28th, 2011
11:08 am

First we didn’t lose a SEC home game! We were suppose to go to Alabama and secondly that makes your first quote wrong by saying Alabama was to visit UGA. Wrong again!

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 28th, 2011
11:09 am

WELCOME BACK, LET’S DO THIS!!

John Galt

December 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Branden Smith is delusional- he is barely above average and does not have the body for the NFL yet. As KnoxDawg said, the assessment will hopefully bring him back to reality.

2012 looks sweet on paper- I hope Jarvis Jones and other leaders can keep us focused.

Cohutta Dawgman

December 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Roaddawg80

December 28th, 2011
11:10 am

The schedule does look favorable. Looks like the key stretch will be Vandy, UT and SC. Should be favored to win all of them. Just have to go out and win them!

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Smith leaving early? Go ahead, dude couldn’t tackle anyway, I still remember Lattimore planting him right on the ground with a stiff arm.

Keep Charles and Rambo, that’s the priority.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Yeah Bill, you are wrong about losing the SEc home game echoed by the comments above.

Raleigh

December 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Go dawgs. I like mcgarity’s non conference schedule. Extremely favorable

really

December 28th, 2011
11:16 am

Looks like the East is UGAs to lose with the way the schedule falls. What would have happened this year if the team had time to gel before the “bigger” games on the schedule? I never thought I would say it but would love to Rambo back next year. As good as Orson Charles has been,I think there is more depth at TE than there is in the defensive backfield.

beebee

December 28th, 2011
11:17 am

Hopeful Dawgs fans: This is what the man meant to write: “The bottom line is that the Dogs will lose an SEC home game.”

Now, couple that with all them road losses they are sure to have, PLUS my Jackets bouncing the pups like they should have done the last three years, and UGA will be set for another miserable year – y’all ain’t out of the woods YET – and Murray will do a Stafford on ya!

bee

Gman

December 28th, 2011
11:20 am

Looks like the losses to graduation and the NFL will be heavier than anticipated. In Smith’s case, guess you don’t need to have much of a resume to play in the NFL.

GT79

December 28th, 2011
11:20 am

really tough out of conference schedule……leg humpers are pathetic

Bill King

December 28th, 2011
11:24 am

You’re right. I was looking at the program from the last Georgia home game and it had Alabama in Athens, which is wrong.

Desert Fox

December 28th, 2011
11:24 am

Don’t like losing open date before FL game and having to travel to Mizzu. However losing AL on the sched and SC getting the short end of the sched stick is a bonus. Now all thats left is for all the eligible jr’s return for their senior season instead of leaving for the nfl.

Dr. Morpheus

December 28th, 2011
11:25 am

Go ahead and complain trolls, no one ever said life is fair.

gtfanfrom1951

December 28th, 2011
11:26 am

Easy SEC East = two losses or more for UGA

C from Marietta

December 28th, 2011
11:26 am

@ GT79

Your right. GT is pathetic. Seriously? I guess getting your arse kicked by UGA year in and year out hasn’t stopped you from talking crap. Your an idiot.

BullDogMike

December 28th, 2011
11:27 am

Hard to spend good money to go watch Buffalo and Ga. Southern, Fla.(WHOEVER THEY ARE)Atlantic etc. Just can’t get fired up on game day for these teams. Won/loss record should look good at the end. That’s all the polls look at anyway. Moving Carolina down a few weeks is the only real good thing I see.

BKbroila

December 28th, 2011
11:27 am

Beat Michigan State….Charles should leave…anyone else is crazy not to come back….honestly…Bacarri Rambo has 7 interceptions….should have 12! The 7 he has were thrown right to him and he has dropped 4-5….you don’t get gifts like that in the NFL and you better not drop any, and has been burned on every gimmick play this season…he has a lot to learn….Sanders “frying pan hands” Commings!!! Lol…this guy has dropped more pick sixes than anyone in the country…Marshall and Swann should be starting by next year…I cannot believe that John Jenkins is considering…he needs another year….all of these guys could be first 2 rounders if they work on making themselves complete players….Don’t get me started on Cornelius Washington…with that guys physical gifts, he should be an all american….of all the people on this team, he has the most potential to go top 5 if he would apply himself…that being said, the dawgs should roll this year….go dawgs!

C from Marietta

December 28th, 2011
11:28 am

@ gtfanfrom1951

I know one of the losses will not be GT. LOL. Is that all you can do at GT, pray that ANOTHER team beats UGA? If you can’t beat em root against em. Is that the manta at GT. LOL

gomdawg

December 28th, 2011
11:29 am

Let’s win the Bowl game and think about next year lateer GO DAWGS. WHO EVER STAYS STAYS IF THEY DON’T WE HAVE REPLACEMENTS WANTING TO PLAY

duronimo

December 28th, 2011
11:31 am

An easy schedule is important since the Dogs consistently lose to good teams. The difference between this year’s record and the past 3-4 years is tied directly to the number of good teams played. The wordsmiths will continue to rationalize that progress is being made, but facts are a stubborn thing.

BigChic

December 28th, 2011
11:31 am

Her comes the wishin’ and hopin; again for next year. All you mutts want is a cupcake schedule. You don’t want to tie up with anybody good. Chickens!

Mike Bobo 17 INt

December 28th, 2011
11:32 am

You have to be kidding…..already talking about next year favoring the Dogs….you open with Mizzou in the road, a former Big 12 team…remember what happened last time UGA opened on the road against a Big 12 team…(OSU)?

Hello, is anyone home? Hello? McFly?

Columbus Dawg

December 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Yep, Bama dodges the bullet, and I have news for Rambo, one decent season after having had two lousy ones will not get you drafted in upper rounds. Rambo needs senior season as much as anyone.

UGA rushing attack will be much improved in 2012. I will not predict leader of the 2012 tailback pack, but will predict much, much better running game than we have seen in some years at UGA. Coach Richt is right, Richard Samuel IV will be a force in 2012. UGA trending up, way up.

Bama trending down. LSU takes care of business this time. Bama loses most key D players from 2011, Saban will get bored after two seasons with no championships. Will leave after 2012 season. Looks like Gunner versus Mett for starter at LSU in 2012, both will likely play, but LSU will not repeat with first year starters at QB.

Murray will be much more polished in 2012 after offseason tweaking. UGA receiving corps will be incredible. Offensive line will progress with new starters.

No worries in defensive backfield, Swann and Nick Marshall will show what “Dreams are made of.” Sanders Commings will continue to improve, and will have outstanding 2012 season as well. Will have one of the most feared safeties in all of college ball in Shawn Williams.

Haters better get ready to get that hiney spanked by them “Junkyard Dawgs” for a while…heh heh heh!

45-7

December 28th, 2011
11:34 am

Tech sucks. So does auburn
Beat msu first guys

DIT

December 28th, 2011
11:36 am

I could give a flip about next year. There is still one more big game to play this season. Dawgs need to beat a good team THIS SEASON!
Next year will take care of itself. And people, just ignore the tek trolls. They are so envious of UGA that they live on our blog. They refuse to admit that EVERY year they have a soft schedule due to playing in the A SHe She conference. Deal with it tekies, you’ll always be UGA’s little brotherly pests!

SEC Football

December 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Ther is no way Branden Smith is ready for the NFL. The kid needs another year in college.He has a lot of potential but plays off the ball to much. Has the tools to go to the next level but needs to work on playing the bump and run etc.

DIT

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

Brandon Smith will get a big jolt when he puts “feelers” out there on where he would go in the draft because it will not be as high as he expects. He’s good, but needs another year at the least.

beanster

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

The SEC is going to have to abandon the 8 game conference schedule. As much as I like the apparent “ease” of next year’s schedule, only getting one team from the West who isn’t a “usual” opponent won’t do much to help the Dawgs in the minds of the talking heads on ESPN. I would trade Ole Miss for a Bama, or LSU, or Arky.

Dawg fans are going to be going through serious withdrawal in September. We don’t start until the 8th AND we have a bye the week after?

I really like the fact that we don’t play SC until October. Also, neither UF or UGA has a bye week before the WLOCP — we play UK the week before, UF plays SC — niiiiiiice.

USC at Vandy to start off the season on Aug 30? Go ‘Dores!

Murphy

December 28th, 2011
11:41 am

If we all think Richt was on the hot seat early this year he will really be feeling the heat with this schedule.Im pretty sure just a trip to Atlanta will not satisfy our fan base this time around.

cupcake schedule

December 28th, 2011
11:44 am

Man, they couldn’t have an easier schedule. I hope they give a cupcake to every fan that attends a game they play in.

duronimo

December 28th, 2011
11:45 am

For the upcoming bowl game, I’m predicting that the Dogs will play a great 1/2 game. I’m also predicting that if we get off to a big lead that we will do what’s best for the other team (the Golden Rule) and go conservative. That way they will have a sporting chance of catching us in the second half.

TigerinGA

December 28th, 2011
11:46 am

Even if UGA goes undefeated or loses one, its going to be hard for them to get National recognition with that light of a schedule (no good SEC West teams and nothing to shout about non-conference). The AD should have tried to schedule a good non-conference game rather than just taking the easy wins vs GA Southern, Buffalo, and FL Atlantic all in the same season. That’s what the top SEC programs do (think LSU vs Oregon & West VA or Alabama vs Penn State) and its the reason they get consistent national recognition.

WHAT???

December 28th, 2011
11:47 am

Way to avoid being lit up UGA!!! Alabama would crush you!!!

Laughable

December 28th, 2011
11:48 am

In case you missed this story and need a good laugh check out these quotes from yesterday’s AJC:

Ga. Tech notes: Sun Bowl appearance ‘a big deal’

The Yellow Jackets have shown enthusiasm about playing Utah in the Sun Bowl and being in El Paso, which will give them more of an opportunity to end their bowl-game losing streak, now at six games, than they ever had last year.

Small turnout

About 5,000 out-of-town visitors are expected for the game. That will be one of the lowest visitor turnouts for the Sun Bowl in several years, the El Paso Times reported Tuesday. The game had one of its top visitor showings last year, when an estimated 16,000 fans traveled to El Paso for the Notre Dame-Miami game.

“Overall, we’ll be very happy with 5,000,” said Veronica Castro, an official with the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sleeping soundly

Players were raving about the team hotel’s Sleep Number beds, which are adjustable for firmness.

Bwahahahahahah, the highlight of the bowl season is the hotel beds. Hahahahaha.

TigerinGA

December 28th, 2011
11:51 am

Just as an observer – I also don’t understand all of the rejoicing with the cupcake schedule that was handed to you – that makes two years in a row. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best – consistently. The coach and the AD can make it happen, if they have the desire.

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution [...]

DIT

December 28th, 2011
11:51 am

Alright, I feel for it. When it comes to next years schedule, I personally don’t like the easier schedule. I would have rather played Bama. No, I did not fall and crack my head open, I would just rather have a tough schedule and only come out with a loss or 2 than play this easy schedule crap, run the table, and have to listen to everyone say we played a cupcake schedule. Granted, tek will always kill the strength of schedule for any team, but a tougher conference schedule makes a team better.
Just saying.