Georgia has a 2014 schedule sure to have Spurrier grinding his teeth

uga logo classicGeorgia could hardly have hoped for a better result than the 2014 football schedule released by the Southeastern Conference Wednesday.

The Dogs drew Arkansas as their SEC West road trip (instead of Alabama as had been rumored early on) and have an open date before the game at South Carolina and another open date before Florida. They’ll also be on the road against Missouri and Kentucky.

The only real downside is that the schedule is front- and back-loaded with home games and Georgia will be away from Sanford Stadium after the Oct. 4 Vandy game until Auburn returns Between the Hedges Nov. 15.

For nonconference games, the season opens as expected with Clemson in Athens and has Troy and Charleston Southern (the week before Georgia Tech).

Georgia will have a new QB (albeit one who has been in the program for years) but with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall back as juniors, all those young defenders back and still a lot of O-line talent. Throw in this schedule and UGA should be a contender next year, what with Bama losing at least quarterback AJ McCarron and probably some other talent and Jadeveon Clowney gone from South Carolina.

Here’s the schedule:

Aug. 30: Clemson (home)

Sept. 6: open

Sept. 13: at South Carolina

Sept. 20: Troy

Sept. 27: Tennessee

Oct. 4: Vanderbilt

Oct. 11: at Missouri

Oct. 18: at Arkansas

Oct. 25: open

Nov. 1: Florida (Jacksonville)

Nov. 8: at Kentucky

Nov. 15: Auburn

Nov. 22: Charleston Southern

Nov. 29: Georgia Tech

So, no Bama, no LSU and no Texas A&M. Looks like a schedule sure to have Steve Spurrier grumbling, don’t you think?

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73 comments Add your comment

ViningsDawg

August 21st, 2013
2:08 pm

I’ll take it. Sets up nice for Mason.

NC Dawg

August 21st, 2013
2:08 pm

HistoryofMatt

August 21st, 2013
2:17 pm

I looked at this schedule and thought:

Depending on what happens this year, Hutson Mason is being set up to completely “Tee Martin” Aaron Murray.

With the defense coming back, with the two running backs in their walk year wanting to impress for NFL scouts, with the o-line talent and receiving talent, and what should be better special teams…

… playoffs or no playoffs, our Dawgs are set up to run the table and win a title.

This isn’t 2008. This is not like that mirage year. The schedule is as baby soft as last year’s, but with the benefit of better talent across the board, injuries notwithstanding (still say Georgia beats Bama had either Bennett or Brown, or both, had not been injured).

2014 is gonna be a helluva year for those of bleeding Red&Black.

Dawgmeat

August 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

Well he did not want Arkansas as his permanent rival (when they were good) so he gets A & M next year. Ha Ha

Sam

August 21st, 2013
2:38 pm

Great, now let’s take care of Clemson and the 2013 schedule first.
Also, I dare say not to get too excited about dodging folks since one never knows (although I will take the chance that Bama is going to be good for as long as Saban is there).

PigIron

August 21st, 2013
2:42 pm

Georgia struck gold again on the scheduling. Good for them. I don’t expect much out of Tennessee until 2016, but Florida and South Carolina are more than enough to keep the Dawgs busy, without having to face the Best of the West.

Watchmacallit

August 21st, 2013
2:49 pm

It’s a favorable schedule for sure. I was hoping for Alabama, A&M or LSU but I’ll take it.

At least Spurrier and the Lamecocks will still have their annual excuse for why they failed yet again to win the East.

Alabama has been making a good living for the last few years, by dodging Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. It will be UGA’s turn again in 2014.

Go Dawgs!!!

ARdawg

August 21st, 2013
3:05 pm

I’m a bit perturbed we don’t get Bama in the regular season

I-DOG

August 21st, 2013
3:13 pm

Too early to tell if this schedule is soft or not.

Clemson: The striped ones could be pretty good (they were last year and they should be again this year, so you have to expect The Tigers will be a top 15 team next year at least).

South Carolina: Going to South Carolina is no picnic. They beat us last year, are ranked top 10 pre-season this year (they lose Clowney), but they should still be a formidable opponent.

UGA could have a good team and still go 0-2. It isn’t like they open with little sisters of the poor in the first two games like Ohio State usually does.

Tennessee: The Vols have been down and this one is at home. Still, they are recruiting well and the coaching staff will be in their 2nd year. Not as tough as the first two games, but this is a program with a lot of tradition and resources. They could be a top 20 team.

Vandy and Missouri: Not juggernauts, but these aren’t gimmee games either. If Georgia has good QB play and the team has worked hard and prepared, then these ought to be wins.

Arkansas: A long trip there is never easy. On paper right now… AR doesn’t look formidable, but nobody knows what they will look like in 2014. Should be easier than AL, LSU, or A&M, but they could be the 3rd best in the SEC West by then, or they could be terrible.

Florida: Could the Dawgs be going for a 4th straight against the Gators? Gator fans can’t even fathom that last statement, but all it would take is a win this year with two pretty evenly matched teams going at it. Gators could be ranked anywhere from 1-25, but this is always a tough game as we all know.

Kentucky: I don’t think they will be good enough to beat the Dawgs next year

Auburn: See Tennessee above except that one would think it would take at least one additional year for Auburn to become Auburn again given how bad things were last year. Again, given their tradition and resources their fans certainly expect the War Eagle Tiger Plainsmen to be a top 20 team sooner than later.

tech: I would expect a Georgia victory, if for no other reason than it has been tradition.

Really, this is about the same schedule as this year’s “tough one” but you replace LSU with AR. South Carolina may not be as good next year, but Auburn and TN should both be better. If a team went through the Dawgs schedule in 2014 undefeated (not my prediction), and then played for the SEC title against likely Bama, LSU, or A&M… they would have earned the right to be #1 or #2 in the polls.

It is a solid schedule

Watchmacallit

August 21st, 2013
3:16 pm

I was lookin forwardto Alabama, A&M or LSU but I’ll take it. It wll only wok in the Dawgs favor.

At least it will give Spurrier and his followers their annual excuse for not winning the East again.

Alabama has been playing a softer schedule for three or more years now, with no Georgia, Florida or South Carolina. Meanwhile the West was losing ground to the East as far as over all to to bottom strength goes. Their 2013 schedule my be the softest SEC schedule of the BCS era, if Manziel can’t play. It’s worked in ther favor.

Go Dawgs!!!

dale

August 21st, 2013
3:32 pm

Who did Bama draw from the East?

HistoryofMatt

August 21st, 2013
3:49 pm

I-DOG,

It’s not who they play, it’s WHEN they play.

We play USCe AFTER a bye week.

We play Florida AFTER a bye week.

Those kinds of things wildly swing the schedule in our favor, and in the favor of running the table.

Spurrier always tries to schedule a Thursday game for his team so they have two extra practice days for Georgia. That’s made a huge difference the last couple years as he’s shored-up his talent there.

To give the Dawgs a whole extra WEEK of practice before USCe? That’s HUGE.

SimpleDawg

August 21st, 2013
3:56 pm

I’ll bet he’s already whining…… And will be for a long time.

He’ll really be complaining after the Dawgs whip that chicken ass this year.

Truthiness

August 21st, 2013
5:01 pm

Something a little weird about already projecting our NC next year. Guess we should write off this season as just the prelim to the following year when we’re really gonna get serious about winning a championship because of the vagaries of the SEC scheduling system. Not sure why we should be concerned about whipping Clemson next weekend either, unless it’s just for kicks until we get that 2014 thing rolling.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2013
5:05 pm

It’s Karma. Years of having to open the year with TWO SEC games, and never getting an off week before J-ville, finally coming back around.

Bulldawg35

August 21st, 2013
6:02 pm

The schedule won’t matter….spurrier could beat us if the game was played in Iraq!

Class of 93

August 21st, 2013
6:04 pm

Clemson gave us only 7500 tickets to the game this year and due to that we missed the Hartman fund cutoff. I hope McGarity makes sure we do not give those Clempson IPTAY folks one ticket over that number in 2014.

Buzz-off

August 21st, 2013
7:55 pm

I-Dawg @3:13

You are totally correct. We won’t know if Arkansas and Auburn are good draws for about 15 months. 2 years ago Aubun was a defending NC and last year the Razorbacks were ranked in the top 10 before their coach crashed his motorcycle and all the wheels came off (pun intended). I do like the week break before the SC and FL games, as well as: Troy before TN, KY before Auburn and Charleston before GT. Very good pacing…..unlike this year.

Buzz-off

August 21st, 2013
7:58 pm

35,

Don’t forget our agreement, THINK POSITIVE!!!!

dawgfan

August 21st, 2013
8:05 pm

Anything less than undefeated will be a disappointment.

I’m not kidding.

Hickory DAWG

August 21st, 2013
8:22 pm

I love to see that man upset. Makes my day.

NCDawg

August 21st, 2013
9:27 pm

LOL Bill! You know that secretly Spurrier is complaining that the Dawgs have an easy schedule this year because they don’t play Bama in the regular season. He wants any advantage he can get. He beat us last year and still managed to, somehow, not win the division. He will always moan and groan until he can win the SEC and gloat about it. It’s just who he is.

ARdawg

August 21st, 2013
9:34 pm

NCDawg
I have no doubt he’ll moan and groan if he happens to win win and gloat.

ARdawg

August 21st, 2013
9:35 pm

NCDawg
I have no doubt he’ll moan and groan if he happens to win it and gloat.

MobileDawg

August 21st, 2013
9:48 pm

A lot more fish to fry than gloating over “next” years schedule. Dawgs have a real chance to have a special year. We also have a tough schedule, I’m still not over the bad years as far as confidence goes. Last year was great but I still can’t shake how unprepared we were in Columbia. No excuse for a great team to have such a bad game. The only thing I hope for this year is we stay healthy, show up and compete each and every game. AKA, consistency.

RED DOG 77

August 21st, 2013
11:03 pm

Makes me proud to read posts of “Dawg Fans” who want a “bite” out of Alabama during the regular season……….. GO DOGS………….and by the way, I’m pulling for North Carolina next week.

RED DOG 77

August 21st, 2013
11:10 pm

MobileDawg…………I couldn’t agree more, when I was a young man, I played on a couple teams that did a lot better because of a tough schedule……….the tough schedule could be a blessing after all………………It creates consistency as well as chemistry………….keys to winning football teams.

HotDawg

August 21st, 2013
11:27 pm

And a more experienced defense next year along with another loaded offense equals playoff team in 2014.

HotDawg

August 21st, 2013
11:38 pm

Spurrier is not complaining about UGA or SC schedules this year. Gee, wonder why?
Richt has too much class to whine about SC’s easy schedule. Unlike coach visor whining last year.

HotDawg

August 21st, 2013
11:53 pm

If spurrier pulled that cob that he has for georgia out of his backside, he might look and feel less constipated all the time.

cb

August 22nd, 2013
7:46 am

Ya’ll are obsessed with what Spurrier does and says. You always will be. Soon, you shall be know as Four-gia.

Bulldawg35

August 22nd, 2013
8:38 am

Connor is a captain for the Clemson. Anybody not concerned about Connor starting vs the tigas…then you’re lying to yourself! I just remember how poorly he played against mizzo! I guess you people don’t…some of you need to take off your rosé coloured glasses

HotDawg

August 22nd, 2013
8:42 am

No cb…. just commenting on the hypocrisy of king whiner spurrier….why are you so obssessed with following a georgia site and and caring about comments from some individuals, georgia viewpoint.
kinda ironic of you.

NCDawg

August 22nd, 2013
9:27 am

I like a tougher schedule. I like the early challenges too. Why? Ask yourself this question: Do I perform up to my potential when my workload is lighter or do I perform at a higher level when I am constantly challenged? Most, (by no means all), would say the later. Humans tend to give only the effort “required” to perform any task. It is a higher form of self discipline to always seek to do your best no matter how menial the task.

These are young men learning the lessons of life. Learning to demand more of yourself is not something most people are naturally inclined to do. Most of these guys were so far above their competition’s level of competence naturally that they never HAD to demand their best. “Good enough” was sufficient. There are some that were driven by their own motivations to push themselves but I would guess fully 80% of these young men don’t even really know what their best is.

SO, I like the early challenge. It forces focus. Opening with a patsy just perpetuates the existing “norm” for the younger guys and feels like a break for the veterans. After watching our defense “half-arse” it last year for the most part, I want the new guys in the habit of feeling like their best is “required: not optional to win.

And no, pushing them hard in practice does not guarantee that they will always play hard even against patsies. That is internal.

Bulldawg35

August 22nd, 2013
10:27 am

Still not over these losses

2006- tenn 51- 33
2007 tenn 35-14
2009 looss to tenn
2010 loss to Colorado
2010 loss to central fla
2008 blow out loss fla
2009 blow out loss fla
2011 Boise st 35-14
2012 SC 35 UGA 7

Richt hasn’t done enough to make me forget these losses

bham dawg

August 22nd, 2013
11:16 am

Bulldawg35… you have no life then

Bulldawg35

August 22nd, 2013
11:42 am

Thanks for the sarcastic remark! A cop out remark really though!

gbal

August 22nd, 2013
11:43 am

You know a weaker schedule could play against UGA (the SEC) once this unbiased playoff committee gets established. (yeah right!!) SOS is going to play a bigger part supposedly…

My bet is there will never b more than one team in the playoff if from the same conference. The looser of the SEC championship game will never make it…creating a potential SECCG rematch… Only chance is if a one loss division runner up could squeeze into the playoff? In this case SOS could be a major thing, making a weaker schedule less desirable. Bring on Bama.

Desert Fox

August 22nd, 2013
11:58 am

Yup. More fodder for Spurrier. Plus, he’ll lose Clowney whom will go pro early. I like the open dates before SC and FL in 2014. But that’s next year. More concerned about the D this season and all the injuries there. already behind the power curve w/the youth and inexperience on D then throw in the suspension to JHC, season ending injuries to D players, and all the walking wounded makes it harder to even field a team on D. Its all going to be on AM and the O to score and keep scoring. Otherwise, it’ll be a beat down by Clemson.

gbal

August 22nd, 2013
12:06 pm

I just cant believe the media is not all over this 4 team playoff NOW, before it becomes a reality. 8 teams just makes such obvious sense VS the 4 teams which will NEVER get over two of the best 4 teams in the playoff.

Conference winners will always get the benefit of the doubt and there will be two weak conference winners in each year. SORRY, and not being an SEC homer, but its just facts.

8 teams…

To be democratic (fair) the top 5 conference winners get auto in IF they are ranked in he top 15 in the country per a BCS type formula (multiple polls and computer SOS rankings)

The last 3 slots are given to the highest ranked per that same formula. Any slots not filled by conference winners also go to the formula and highest ranked.

At the end of a season when all games are played and over… the dust settles, there are normally 4-5 teams that could make some justification for being in that top tier group. This system with 8 teams would most likely insure that those best 4-6 teams are in the field. With 4 teams, only 2 of the best will make it.

gbal

August 22nd, 2013
12:07 pm

Get on it writers!!! now… before the season gets started.

gbal

August 22nd, 2013
12:09 pm

LOVE the DAWGS and hope for a championship, but too many questions on D to be ranked this high this early.

USC Jimi

August 22nd, 2013
12:11 pm

If the SEC doesn’t go to 9 conference games the only way to stop these out of whack schedules is to have 2 rotating opposite division opponents. All of the traditional rivalries are no reason to have this much disparity within conference schedules!

NCDawg

August 22nd, 2013
12:41 pm

Quick question to ask yourself when considering the strong schedule ( especially with a GOOD team first ) vs. wimpy schedule and easy wins: Do you perform your best at work when you have it easy or when you are challenged?

There is wisdom in the trial by fire method of training.

NCDawg

August 22nd, 2013
12:50 pm

Desert Fox
August 22nd, 2013
11:58 am

Alot is being made about the injuries but the injuries during camp are superficial. How do I know? Damian Swan was listed on the injury list with a hip flexor and groin strain played in the scrimmage held last night. So did Mitchell. Garrison Smith is quoted after being asked about the injuries, “I think it’s really more of a preventive thing that guys are out rather than injury,” Smith said. “I don’t really think guys are injured where they can’t play. I think they’re just trying to make sure they’re 100 percent before they bring them all the way back. You don’t want to bring a guy back when he’s only 90 percent when you can actually get him to 100 percent. I don’t think anybody’s not able to play right now. Those guys are working out, they’re doing everything we do, they’re just not practicing now.”

I think it’s gamesmanship. And that quote and the fact that Coach Richt isn’t divulging who will be the kicker means that he is using every advantage he can find. Not a bad tactic, when you are facing a team at THEIR place.

ALB-dawg

August 22nd, 2013
2:26 pm

Funny I do not recall Spurrier or Les Miles or anyone else complaining about scheduling in 2008 when UGA played Bama, LSU, and Auburn in addition to their East schedule along with non-conference games against AZ STate and TEch. It all comes around.

Desert Fox

August 22nd, 2013
3:17 pm

NCDawg

August 22nd, 2013
12:50 pm

Agree that these injuries are not of the serious kind to hold a player out, excluding those lost for the season, but its still troubling if they’re not 100% come game day. They’ll need every body out there healthy playing w/even minor sprains and dings could hamper their ability to perform at 100%. takes time to fully recover from hammies and injuries that can slow a player down. that’s what concerns me. they may play but will it hamper their play. we’ll see.

ALB-dawg

August 22nd, 2013
3:22 pm

Granted the Dawgs don’t face bama or LSU, but I think it is a gross underestimation of Arkansas and Auburn to call it a patsy schedule. If one of those teams beats bama and/or lsu in the next two years? Would it still be so disparate?

I-DOG

August 22nd, 2013
5:12 pm

I don’t like it that Ray Drew did not show up on the stat sheet again in the scrimmage yesterday for Georgia. Was he held out for some reason? I was really hoping he would be sort of the Garrison Smith of last year, but none of the coaches and players have mentioned him all pre-season long. That isn’t good.

Love what I am hearing about the young corners and LBers though.

NCDawg

August 22nd, 2013
5:20 pm

Desert Fox
August 22nd, 2013
3:17 pm

After the first game or two no one is 100%… football is rough. Look how much faster Gurley looks at the beginning of the season than he does midway through the season. Marshall didn’t get to spell him as much because he had injuries that really slowed him down. These guys will play and 80-85% of them you won’t know they were hurt.

I just had this feeling because the injuries weren’t occurring under the game -like conditions of scrimmages and then BAM out fo the blue comes Garrison Smith’s quote. Clemson has their own injury issues.

Oh well, injuries and dealing with them are part of the game. The Dawgs will manage.