SEC drops Bama, adds Missouri for UGA’s new 2012 schedule

TAMPA — If Georgia does not repeat as Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champions in 2012, it will not have the schedule to blame.

The SEC on Wednesday finally released its new football schedules for next season and the Bulldogs made out well. They dropped the Oct. 6 game at Alabama and picked up a road game against new conference member Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, UGA’s traditional SEC opener against South Carolina was moved back to Oct. 6. That game will also be on the road, as originally scheduled.

The only other change for the Bulldogs was their game at Kentucky, originally scheduled for Oct. 13, moves back one week. That will eliminate what was originally an off week before the Florida game. However, the Gators also lose their off week before playing the Bulldogs, so neither team has an advantage.

Georgia’s non-conference opponents of Buffalo (Sept. 1), Florida Atlanta (Sept. 15), Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 24)  remain the same.

“I don’t think anybody in this conference has an easy schedule,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Wednesday. “We have nothing to base a road game to Missouri on. There’s no question going to Columbia, Mo., is going to be a tremendous challenge.  just like Florida going to Texas A&M is going to be. I know within our building nobody is thinking there’s anything easy about our schedule.”

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt declined comment on the new slate. “I think the focus should be this game and that’s what we’re going to be focued on,” he said. “I don’t want to get too far down the road. Let’s finish up this season and we’ll talk about those things in the future.”

McGarity said it’s important to note that Georgia is not replacing Alabama with Missouri. The Bulldogs simply are keeping Auburn as their traditional rival from the West and had to honor their return game with Ole Miss after playing the Rebels in Oxford last season.

It should also be noted that the new schedule, revamped to accommodate new conference members Missouri and Texas A&M, is intended for just one year. The SEC will reconvene in the spring to look at schedules for 2013 and beyond.

“The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process.”

Said McGarity: “The entire scheduling process was difficult and the transition team led by the SEC office had to deal with some very difficult scheduling challenges and formats. That’s why it took a long time to make it through.”

McGarity remains skeptical that the league would go to nine conference games.

“It really restricts scheduling flexibility to do that, especially when it comes to traditional rivals and having a seven-game home schedule,” McGarity said. “That’s going to be very difficult to do.”

Georgia’s players were essentially oblivious to the changes.

“I really don’t pay attention to any of it,” sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “We just watch film, look at the personnel and line up and play. We can’t help who we play. We don’t make the schedule. So we just go out there any chance we get and try to make the best of it.”

Said fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree: “I didn’t know anything about it. I’m still trying to focus on this year and getting this last game over with. I’ll worry about next year when it’s time to.”

Here’s how the new slate looks:

2012 GEORGIA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

  • Sept. 1 Buffalo
  • Sept. 8 at Missouri
  • Sept. 15 Florida Atlantic
  • Sept. 22 Vanderbilt
  • Sept. 29 Tennessee
  • Oct. 6  at S. Carolina
  • Oct. 13 OPEN
  • Oct. 20 at Kentucky
  • Oct. 27 vs. Florida in Jacksonville
  • Nov. 3 Ole Miss
  • Nov. 10 at Auburn
  • Nov. 17 Georgia Southern
  • Nov. 24 Georgia Tech

1,129 comments Add your comment

ugadawg2005

December 28th, 2011
11:08 am

AU in ATL

December 28th, 2011
11:11 am

You guys are living right, I thik the SEC is doing anything possible to get Mark Richt a ring..You have a great shot to finally win them all going into the SECCG in my opinion…

UGA Insider

December 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Here comes all the jealous haters in 1..2…3……..

supsalemgr

December 28th, 2011
11:12 am

I’ll take Mizzou for AL anytime. I think it is also great we don’t have SC in second game of the year.

TheWad

December 28th, 2011
11:13 am

4 road games plus Jax? That has got to be the biggest cupcake schedule ever for an SEC team!!??!! As a UGA fan I am almost embarrassed to accept that schedule. With any type of running game we should win AT LEAST 10!

honest_abe

December 28th, 2011
11:14 am

schedule looks great!

Dylan

December 28th, 2011
11:15 am

If Georgia plays up to their potential, there’s no way possible we won’t be in Atlanta again next year. GO DAWGS!

AtlNative1973

December 28th, 2011
11:15 am

should go undefeated next year. No Alabama, no LSU, no Arkansas. South Carolina on the road looks to be the toughest game.

bubba4dawgs

December 28th, 2011
11:16 am

Things sure are shaping up nicely for the DAWGS for 2012! Now, for some really good recruiting to go along with the schedule and we’ve got to expect a winner! Fine tune for the big dome in Atlanta! Don’t overlook the “in-between”, however!! GO DAWGS!!!

Preston

December 28th, 2011
11:17 am

If they can’t win at least 11 of those games, something’s wrong!

Dawg Man

December 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Got it made for next year—see us playing for National Championship game now, guess LSU will be dropped for Texas A&M now.

chipperdawg

December 28th, 2011
11:18 am

That schedule certainly looks promising for the Dawgs to put together another run towards the Dome next December, but, I hope their just focused on Tampa and the game at hand right now. A win over Big 10(?) runner-up/top 15-20 program should help in gaining back some national respect, and help along the recruiting trail.
GGGGOOOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs!! Sic’em!!! Woof, woof, woof!!!!

david

December 28th, 2011
11:18 am

dont sleep on Mizzou on the road–they have some big wins there. At least that game is early so it wont be freezing. Happy New Year to all!!

Dawg fan

December 28th, 2011
11:19 am

If we dont go unbeaten now—something is wrong !!!!!

DunwoodyDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:20 am

So, it looks like division realignment is still up in the air. I think the SEC needs to go to a 9 game conference schedule. Otherwise it will take a generation to play through all the teams in the west.

buckblue

December 28th, 2011
11:21 am

another cupcake schedule…win the east then get spanked by LSU once again in the Dome….

Finchdawg

December 28th, 2011
11:21 am

Too bad the bye is before Kentucky. Otherwise looks good.

McDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:21 am

the South Carolina shift could cut both ways -would rather flip Mizzou and USC

Gjjj

December 28th, 2011
11:21 am

Yes, favorable schedule. Everything runs in cycles. Overall, the East is down which helps.

TheWad

December 28th, 2011
11:22 am

One can find a way to make 9 of the 12 games questionable as far as being ’should win’ games. But only Larry Munson could see that schedule and wrink his hands and declare it could be another 7 win season unless things don`t go just right. Buffalo, Van, Tenn, Ken, Ole Miss, AU, GSU, Tech should be automatic wins. sc should also be in that category as well as FL. I leave out Mizz due to the newness of the team in this conference. There really isn`t a team UGA shouldn`t beat next year if they get a typical UGA running game for the whole year. I don`t care who runs the ball, if they have a UGA season at thr RB position then none of those teams should be favored over the Dawgs.

buckblue

December 28th, 2011
11:24 am

LSU just scored again on the dogs….

collegeballfan

December 28th, 2011
11:25 am

UGA should be favored to win every game on the schedule.

miz-am

December 28th, 2011
11:26 am

mizzou will beat georgia on sept 8, just trying to prepare the dawg fans…james franklin is the best returning qb in the SEC, defense will be salty, Columbia will be rockin for that one…ask OU or Nebraska what its like to play there when the crowd is geeked up

FJR

December 28th, 2011
11:27 am

Man, it’s like South Carolina and UGA don’t even play in the same conference. UGA gets a likely still down Auburn team and Ole Miss, while South Carolina gets LSU and Arkansas, haha.

FJR

December 28th, 2011
11:28 am

@thewad

So, a team you haven’t beaten in two years (SC), that you’re playing ont he road, should be in the automatic win category?

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 28th, 2011
11:30 am

Wow, and you fleabags make fun of GT schedule.

To bad you can’t figure out a way to drop South Carolina because you know you would. Half of the teams in the ACC would go undefeated with that schedule.

Pathetic.

DunwoodyDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:31 am

Look at the Misery fans talking smack already. A&M and Mizz need to be ready. We actually play defense in the SEC. Your fancy offenses are about to hit a few brick walls.

atldawg10

December 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Looks like USC and Vandy got messed with the most – they open the season with a game against each other. Nobody else has an SEC game the first week of the season.

DunwoodyDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:34 am

RAMBLE ON. 1 for the last 11 really must sting!!

SouthSide Dawg

December 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Mizzou fans have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 28th, 2011
11:37 am

What a JOKE. Will UGa ever have to play a difficult schedule? Richt & Bobo are going to look like freaking coaching geniuses winning 10 games/yr. against the worst teams in the SEC. UGa should be called the All Cup Cake SEC Champs.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

December 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Mizzou fans are well represented by the Tech faithful.

Cohutta Dawgman

December 28th, 2011
11:38 am

Go Dawgs! Bring em on.

CCDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:38 am

Another CAKE schedule, If we do not make to dome again everybody needs to be fired……….

Zack in the ATL

December 28th, 2011
11:38 am

Does Georgia Tech intend to keep playing football? And if so, why the hell in the ACC?? Join a real conference.

10 out of 11

December 28th, 2011
11:38 am

ramble on: “Half of the teams in the ACC would go undefeated with that schedule”.

Tech wouldnt be one of them though! Cant beat UGA or Richt! ha ha ha ha

Montgomery Burns

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

Mercy, talk about a cakewalk schedule….

Ricky

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

Boy, it never ends. Blame the SEC, UGA does not set the conference schedule. Go Dawgs!

Hit A Single

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

That schedule reminds me of the Florida and Alabama schedules of past years. Go Dawgs! If it wasn’t the schedule all these jealous fans would find something else to criticize the Bulldogs for. Beat Michigan State!

Dap01

December 28th, 2011
11:39 am

What a dreary life these bloggers must live. Their only intent in life if to slander UGA in anyway possible.

Paul R.

December 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Cowards!
You can’t be the best if you don’t play the best.

Vince Doodly

December 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Stars must be aligning for 2012. This schedule should put UGA undefeated going into the FL game at least. Only tough games look to be SC on the road, Auburn on the road and Florida. All of those are not insurmountable.

Hit A Single

December 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Paul R.- Does the R. really stand for Reject?

Jborodawg

December 28th, 2011
11:42 am

I hope Mason gets some playing time in the Outback. He really needs to get some ‘meaningful’ experience…not just mop up time.

I agree with McDawg….prefer they flip S.C. and Mizzou.

I agree with TheWad…IF we can get a ‘typical’ Dawgs running game, we should have a great season. Just hoping Crowell gets his mind right.

RxDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Well isn’t that lucky for Alabama.

Buzzman

December 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Looks like a High School Schedule. If they can’t win out, something is wrong, I see 5 easy wins. Watch them get beat by Ga. Southern…

10 out of 11

December 28th, 2011
11:43 am

paul r: Since we made the schedule and have so much control over it that was a well thought out comment. You are an idiot and cant beat UGA or Richt! otherwise you wouldnt be on here. lol

neutral

December 28th, 2011
11:44 am

The SEC is doing everything possible to hand Mark Richt a ring….but hey, im not complaining.

CCDawg

December 28th, 2011
11:44 am

Die hard fan or not….. If you do not think this schedule is cake, you are definitely in denial. It is not a matter of criticism. …

True Dawg Fan

December 28th, 2011
11:45 am

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 28th, 2011
11:30 am
Wow, and you fleabags make fun of GT schedule.

To bad you can’t figure out a way to drop South Carolina because you know you would. Half of the teams in the ACC would go undefeated with that schedule.

Pathetic.

You had an easier schedule this year than this one for next year and look what it got u! hahahahaha, 1 for 11 clowns!