Bowl projections for Dawgs include Tampa, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Nashville

Where will the Bulldogs go bowling this season? (Associated Press)

Where will the Bulldogs go bowling this season? (Associated Press)

With just a month remaining in the regular season, bowl projections are kicking into high gear. Most projections have 11 SEC teams in postseason play, and it’s interesting that there’s basically no consensus on where Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs will wind up.

Checking a sampling of nine of the better-known sources offering projections, I found three see the Dogs returning to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl, two have Georgia penciled in for the Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, two see them falling behind Ole Miss in the pecking order and landing at the Music City in Nashville and, surprisingly, two project Georgia to go bowling at the Outback in Tampa.

These projections don’t come with predictions of how the rest of the season will play out for the Dogs, but it’s pretty obvious by the placement of Auburn that many expect the resurgent Tigers to beat Georgia this year.

For example, Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel has Auburn in the Sugar and Georgia facing Boston College in the Music City. Mark Schlabach of ESPN gives South Carolina the Sugar nod but has Auburn in the Capital One and Georgia against Minnesota in the Gator. The Sporting News also has Auburn in the Sugar and Georgia in the Chick-fil-A against Miami. CollegeFootballNews.com puts Missouri in the Sugar, with Auburn in the Capital One and Georgia playing Michigan in the Gator. Phil Steele puts Auburn in the Sugar and Georgia against Iowa in the Gator.

And while it’s less clear what SBNation expects, since they have Auburn in the Chick-fil-A (with Texas A&M in the Sugar, South Carolina in the Capital One and Missouri in the Outback), they do have Georgia facing Pitt in the Music City.

But some projections clearly show an expectation that Georgia will beat Auburn. BCS expert Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com puts South Carolina in the Sugar, Texas A&M in the Capital One and Georgia in the Outback against Michigan, with Auburn in the Music City Bowl. And USA Today has Georgia in the Chick-fil-A against Miami and Auburn in the Gator.

Then there’s Brad Edwards of ESPN, who seems to think Auburn will beat Georgia, since he has the Tigers slotted in the Sugar. However, he still has the Dawgs in a Florida New Year’s Day bowl: the Outback, against Michigan.

Assuming the football gods don’t pull the rug out from under Mizzou so that Georgia somehow makes it to the SEC Championship, I’d frankly be surprised to see the Dogs in the Outback unless they win out. However, if they do, a Georgia team with victories over three Top 10 opponents certainly would be attractive.

On the other hand, I don’t see the Dogs falling as far as the Music City unless they lose to both Auburn and Georgia Tech. I think the Gator is the most likely destination, with Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A a possibility.

In the meantime, the UGA athletic office started accepting online requests for bowl game tickets (and SEC Championship tickets, just in case) from Bulldog Club members Wednesday.

A paper ticket application also will be mailed to the Hartman Fund donors and requests are also being accepted by phone. The priority order request deadlines are Nov. 22 for the SEC Championship and Dec. 6 for bowl games. (The applications list all games in which it is possible Georgia will play; no credit card charges will be run until Georgia has qualified for the conference championship and/or it is determined which bowl they’re in. Priorities are based on Hartman Fund scores. Any orders received after the deadlines will be filled on a first come, first served basis.)

For more information and to request a paper application, contact the ticket office by calling 1-877-542-1231 or email gatickets@sports.uga.edu.

So, how would you feel about a second trip to Jacksonville this season? Or another almost-home game in Atlanta? Would a trip to Tampa help make up for the disappointments of this injury-plagued season? Feel free to share your views.

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132 comments Add your comment

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:37 am

There should be 1 focus for Mark Richt:
WINNING THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP

So, since that’s over in 2013, focus should now be on getting the Qb ready who will start in 2014.

Who cares about a Bowl game, we’re 1-2 in Bowl games under Murray anyways, likely gonna lose.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
10:38 am

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:39 am

My bet is UGA ends up back in Shreveport with losses to Auburn and Ga Tech and Kentucky.

1969 Graduate

November 7th, 2013
10:40 am

The real issue is whether we can beat anybody in any bowl game. We’ve yet to have enough data to make an accurate guess.

I’m not very sure at all that we’ll beat Tech or Auburn. Both might kill us dead. Our bowl chances should be killed dead if both beat us.

Go, Dawgs!

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:42 am

Toe be fair, Murray loses 80% of his game against top 10 teams, so Auburn’s a loss.

But Murray wins 90% of his games against unranked teams, so probly will beat Kentucky, Appal St, and GT.

So probly finish like 8-4.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
10:43 am

I’m pulling real hard for Mizz-who? to lose to A&M & Ole Miss
If not then I want them to win out so Steve Arrogance won’t be the SEC champ when he doesn’t deserve it.

By beating Aubarn Dawgs will have beaten 3 top ten teams. How can they not be ranked ahead of S.C., Ole Miss & Aubarn? The loss the Vandybilt was a fluke caused by #1 injuries #2 dumb refs #3 Screw ups on special teams (again).

The game against Aubarn is big for the Dawgs – go Dawgs!

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:44 am

Murray loses 80% against top 10 teams, and loses 72% against top 25 teams, we got plenty od data that says if it’s a top 10 or top 25, UGA will lose as long as Murray is Qb.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:46 am

Aaron Murray isn’t clutch in big games, like top 10, top 25, or Bowl games.
In top 10, loses 80%
Top 25, loses 72%
Bowl games, loses 67%.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
10:47 am

TROLLS enter in 5 4 3 2 1 ……

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
10:49 am

Blabs – We got it – you blame EVERY loss on Murray. He’s a one man team. Check!

swimdawg68

November 7th, 2013
10:50 am

I would prefer to see GA in the Chick-fil-A bowl in Atlanta. Not prepared to travel overnight at the end of this year due to our record. Lost excitement ater the Vandy defeat. I have quit ordering bowl tickets through the Bulldog Club. I have a very high prority on the points, but the last 2 years for the SEC game the best I could purchase through the club was endzone seats. It’s not the fault of the club it’s the SEC ticket allocation as well as the bowl tickets made available to schools I sit in the club level in Sanford about the 30 yard line, not prepared to sit in the endzone anywhere. From now on, I will purchase tickets from various web sites. I may pay a litle more but at least I will have good seats.

Aaron's Mom

November 7th, 2013
10:53 am

I don’t really care which bowl game we go to, so long as my boy wins that Heisman Trophy!

Mazel tov!!!

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:53 am

Fo projecting wins in 2013,

Murray in 2013 struggles against top 25 defenses, unless their offense is real bad like florida. Lost to Clemson, and Missouri, beat Florida.

Now, GT & Auburn both have top 25 defenses, where murray’s record is 1-2 in 2013.

But Murray’s record is 0-2 when facing a top 40 scoring offense, GT & Auburn are both in the top 40 there, so likely 2 more losses.

Murray ends up 7-5 in 2013, and 72% chance he loses the Bowl game if it’s a top 25 team, so 7-6.

Tatman

November 7th, 2013
10:54 am

We also have pretty good data that “Bubs” is a troll….

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:01 am

Auburn is #28 in scoring offense, and #22 in scoring defense. So that’s a loss for murray.

This could be the year GT beats UGA. GT is ranked #37 in scoring offense, and #14 in scoring defense,

Murray really struggles against those kinds of balanced teams in 2013 (0-2 so far).

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:05 am

Blabs – 100% of the time you don’t know your a_ _ from a hole in the ground.

*** All offenses struggle against a top 25 defense except A&M which rung up 42 on Bama.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:07 am

Murray is 1-2 in Bowl games, 0-2 in SEC Championships, so he’s1-4 post-season record.

Hutson Mason PLEEZE?

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:07 am

Blabs – STATS are for losers…… and TROLLS (same thing as losers under a diff name)

Last Stand George

November 7th, 2013
11:08 am

Don’t overlook Appalachian State! Dawgs will not beat Auburn and may get upset by GT.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:09 am

Only STAT that counts is the “W”. All the rest is just ESPN . BS

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:10 am

The story of 2013 for UGA:

TURNOVERS + 3RD DOWN CONVERSION = 7-6

UGA is 104th in turnover margin, 77th on 3rd down conversions Offense, 85th on 3rd down defense conversions.

Not going to win more than 7 games when you rank so poorly in the 2 key stats.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:11 am

Blabs (aka Last Stand George) (aka Aaron’s Mom) ….. you need to be checked for schizo personality

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:12 am

Blabs – “Not going to win more than 7″ I’ll take that bet!

DawginLex

November 7th, 2013
11:13 am

Georgia can also still go to the Sugar Bowl but one of the trolls will ever show up if that were to happen

“A healthy Georgia remains the only threat to Alabama from the East”
Kirk Herbstreit

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:13 am

Only stats that count is “W”
Murray wins 20% against top 10
Murray wins 28% against top 25
Murray wins 20% post season games (1-4 record)

DawginLex

November 7th, 2013
11:13 am

none, not one

dang keyboard

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2013
11:14 am

Blabs – blab, blab, blab blab, blab….. Hate to tell you but no one is considering your opinion ’cause your bulb only has 2 watts.

DawginLex

November 7th, 2013
11:15 am

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
10:46 am

Aaron Murray isn’t clutch in big games, like top 10, top 25, or Bowl games.
In top 10, loses 80%
Top 25, loses 72%
Bowl games, loses 67%.
*********************************************************

What were the LSU and SC games, a picnic?

You are a moron

drbasic1

November 7th, 2013
11:15 am

@bubs

you don’t know squat dude…if you did, you would know a team from SEC East does not go to Shreveport any longer, shows your still a moron and talk out of you @$$

Aaron's Mom

November 7th, 2013
11:16 am

We can still win the National Championship if everyone will just get on-board and stop being energy vampires.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:23 am

Murray’s td to turnover ratio in the last 3 games is
4 td’s, 4 turnovers

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:25 am

Murray’s td to int ratio in last 2 games:
1 td, 1 int

Bo Shelton

November 7th, 2013
11:28 am

All you fair weathered fans are pitiful -

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:32 am

South Carolina and LSU are not top 25 scoring defenses like GT & Auburn are.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:37 am

South Carolina isn’t a good team in 2013, ranked 48th in scoring offense, and 33rd in scoring defense.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:38 am

LSU’s defense is struggling this year, top 12 in scoring 2010-2012, but #31 in 2013, Murray got them on an off year.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:40 am

Poor Florida, 104th scoring offense, Murray caught them on an off year too.

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:41 am

South Carolina had a top 15 scoring defense in 2011-2012, but dropped to #31 in 2013, Murray caught them on an off year.

Tatman

November 7th, 2013
11:55 am

Bubs, I’m guessing a GWreck fan?

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
11:59 am

Tatman, no, not a GWreck fan, don’t even know what that is. Are you a North Texas fan, you seem like one to everyone here.

Spike

November 7th, 2013
12:05 pm

Bubs.. Your breath stinks, man

Bubs

November 7th, 2013
12:08 pm

Spike.. your logic is fuzzy, man.

dawgfan

November 7th, 2013
12:33 pm

The only relevant question concerning the post-season should be who will be our interim coach while we’re searching for Richt’s replacement.

Bulldawg35

November 7th, 2013
12:36 pm

Y’all ever notice that Richt goes after the refs more in home games than on the road? That’s because Richt likes to his gentleman side on the road…he is scared of the road crowd booing him if he goes after the refs…. That’s why we are probably one of the worst road teams in the sec. Sad but true.

Bulldawg35

November 7th, 2013
12:38 pm

Flo- ri- duh..

No the loss to vandy was because we are a poor road team…that is turn over prone. We can’t force turnovers either. We are probably last in the nation in the turn over margin.

old dog

November 7th, 2013
12:40 pm

Gotta have a D to dominate…..ask Johnny Football. He has hung points on everybody, (and has been forced to) due to lack of a D. We are doing the same. It caught us, too. You cannot and will not be #1 in every facet of the game. However, we are trying to knock the Sisters of Mercy out of their bottom seeding on the d side. D success at UGA will take a whole new scheme.

robodawg

November 7th, 2013
12:40 pm

I think the Sugar would prefer A&M and the national hype that comes with Johnny Heisman over Auburn or S Carolina.

I don’t care too much about Outback v Gator, as long as we get a decent matchup out of it. With the Big 10, that’s impossible to predict, but I would hope for Michigan. Or Chick-Fil-A is fine if we get to play someone like Miami.

7576DAWG

November 7th, 2013
12:54 pm

Gurley should carry the ball no more than 15 times against App.State in the first half . Then we hope he will be 100% from the Auburn game to the end of the season. If Rumph is as good as his Spring numbers and Bennett is 100% then our Offense will be back over 500 yards a game . If our Special teams can just not make mistake I think our Defense will be better than they have been thus far. With that in mind don’t count Georgia out of the Auburn game or beating GT by 2 touchdowns or winning all the rest of their games.If that happens they will be good enough for a BCS Bowl game but the Vanderbilt lose was devastating even though three things had to line up for Vanderbilt to help them win , and it did. If we win out the best we will get is Capital One or Outback and a win would get Georgia a top 15 ranking. Without the Vanderbilt loss we could have ended in the top 7 but is it what it is.
If Georgia can find a Quarterback next year we will be able to field a team that should have a top 5 preseason ranking. Georgia will be loaded next year if we can keep them healthy.

Tatman

November 7th, 2013
1:12 pm

Bubs, GWreck…you know, Georgia’s ‘other” team…”The joke by the Coke”…The North Avenue Trade School”….

Bulldawg35

November 7th, 2013
1:17 pm

Watch out for tech…their defense is ranked 14th in the nation….if we lose to tech…Richt should fired. How can it be that Ted roof is better than Grantham. UGA is broke and can’t be fixed.