Visit by LSU, return to Auburn highlight Georgia’s ‘13 schedule (updated)

By TIM TUCKER

Georgia’s 2013 football schedule restores South Carolina to a familiar early-season spot, includes a visit to Athens by LSU and — in an odd quirk — calls for the Bulldogs to travel to Auburn for a second consecutive season.

The SEC finally unveiled next season’s league schedule Thursday after spending many months sorting through the complexities of expansion to 14 teams. The league emphasized that next season’s schedule, like this season’s, is a transitional “bridge” and not a model for an ongoing rotation.

For Georgia fans, the 2013 schedule might be disconcerting: It is UGA’s first since 1957 without a home game against either Auburn or Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs’ two oldest rivals.

For more than a half-century, Georgia has hosted Auburn in odd-numbered years and Tech in even-numbered years. But the SEC said it shifted next season’s Georgia-Auburn game to Auburn “in order to maintain a balanced schedule for the 2014 season and beyond.” Two other games, Ole Miss at Alabama and Texas A&M at Ole Miss, also will be played at the same site this season and next.

“Repeat-venue games, while not desired, provided the only solution to the complex scheduling issues,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.

The other thing that jumps out about Georgia’s 2013 schedule: It is tougher than this season’s and last season’s, both of which avoided the top SEC West teams.

After opening next season with a previously announced non-conference game at Clemson on Aug. 31, Georgia will start SEC play Sept. 7 in Athens against South Carolina. On Sept. 28, Georgia will host SEC West power LSU. Clemson, South Carolina and LSU are currently ranked among the nation’s top 14 teams.

Next season’s Georgia-South Carolina game will mark the 21st time in 22 years that the teams meet in their SEC openers. The exception was this season’s October meeting.

The Georgia-LSU game will be a homecoming for Zach Mettenberger, currently LSU’s starting quarterback and a former Georgia player. He grew up near Athens.

After the early-season gauntlet, Georgia’s remaining SEC games next season are Oct. 5 at Tennessee, Oct. 12 at home against Missouri, Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt, Nov. 2 against Florida in Jacksonville, Nov. 16 at Auburn and Nov. 23 at home against Kentucky.

In addition to the opener at Clemson, the previously announced non-conference schedule includes home games against North Texas (Sept. 21) and Appalachian State (Nov. 9) and the road game at Tech (Nov. 30).

Next season’s schedule is spread over 14 weeks. Georgia will have a bye week following the South Carolina game and another before the Florida game.

“The 2013 schedule will obviously be very challenging,” UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “Our No. 1 priority throughout this process was to protect our long-standing rivalry game against Auburn, and in order to keep this series intact, it necessitated a return to Auburn in 2013. We will start working on the 2014 rotating SEC schedule this spring, and we can confirm that Auburn will be returning to Athens in 2014.”

Beyond that assurance, the SEC described the ’13 schedule as “not based on any previous or future scheduling formats.”

GEORGIA’S 2013 SCHEDULE
All caps signifies home game

  • August 31 at Clemson
  • September 7 SOUTH CAROLINA
  • September 14 Open
  • September 21 NORTH TEXAS
  • September 28 LSU
  • October 5 at Tennessee
  • October 12 MISSOURI
  • October 19 at Vanderbilt
  • October 26 Open
  • November 2 Florida ( Jacksonville)
  • November 9 APPALACHIAN ST.
  • November 16 at Auburn
  • November 23 KENTUCKY
  • November 30 at Georgia Tech

SEC WEEK-BY-WEEK, 2013

Aug. 31

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Sept. 7

South Carolina at Georgia

Sept. 14

Alabama at Texas A&M
Mississippi State at Auburn
Vanderbilt at South Carolina

Sept. 21

Auburn at LSU
Tennessee at Florida

Sept. 28

Ole Miss at Alabama
Texas A&M at Arkansas
Florida at Kentucky
LSU at Georgia

Oct. 5

Arkansas at Florida
Ole Miss at Auburn
Georgia at Tennessee
Kentucky at South Carolina
LSU at Mississippi State
Missouri at Vanderbilt

Oct. 12

Alabama at Kentucky
South Carolina at Arkansas
Florida at LSU
Missouri at Georgia
Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Oct. 19

Arkansas at Alabama
Auburn at Texas A&M
Florida at Missouri
Georgia at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at Tennessee
LSU at Ole Miss

Oct. 26

Tennessee at Alabama
Kentucky at Mississippi State
South Carolina at Missouri
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

Nov. 2

Auburn at Arkansas
Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Mississippi State at South Carolina
Tennessee at Missouri

Nov. 9

LSU at Alabama
Arkansas at Ole Miss
Auburn at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Florida
Missouri at Kentucky
Mississippi State at Texas A&M

Nov. 16

Alabama at Mississippi State
Georgia at Auburn
Florida at South Carolina
Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Nov. 23

Mississippi State at Arkansas
Kentucky at Georgia
Texas A&M at LSU
Missouri at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Nov. 30

Alabama at Auburn
Arkansas at LSU
Tennessee at Kentucky
Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Texas A&M at Missouri

247 comments Add your comment

Mark (another one)

October 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

LSU is pretty early in the schedule as well. We will have to hit the ground running.

UGA Insider

October 18th, 2012
3:34 pm

What is the over/under on suspended players for the first 2 games? I am really tired of being the butt of so many jokes about our program. I think this off-season is a good time for a face-lift

Joey

October 18th, 2012
3:34 pm

Hope this calms the “UGA hasn’t played ANYBODY!” crowd.

I just wish we could play some more ACC teams . . .

da' rick

October 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

only way they gotta shot of winning those tough opening games is to have richt hit the ground running back to tallahassee

Dawg_Mike

October 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

Ruh Roh- we better not have any 2 game suspensions to start the year out next year or I can hear the OBC now……

Cigar Guy

October 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

4th and a Bird will have a tough go next year with this schedule

gomdawg

October 18th, 2012
3:39 pm

DON’T KNOW WHY WE WOULD PLAY AUBURN BACK TO BACK IN AUBURN ??????????????

clock stoppa

October 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

uga will start 1-4 in first 5, 6-1 in last 7 …7-5 in 2013…

Dawg Haus

October 18th, 2012
3:42 pm

That’s a pretty brutal schedule, but maybe it will keep the team focused from the get-go. I guess we won’t be hearing anything from the peanut gallery about a soft schedule.

Big Dawg

October 18th, 2012
3:45 pm

Oh man!! So we will lose 3 games in September? Wow! We may lose 5 games next year. Clemson, SC, LSU, UT, Florida. When does Richt’s contract expire? Expectball those teams to be ranked. Y’all know how we fare vs ranked opponents

clock stoppa

October 18th, 2012
3:45 pm

gomdawg, to get every one 4 home cnference games, they had to move some games around…guess they figured that game wouldn’t have much meaning late in the season…both will be below .500 by then…

TampaDawg84

October 18th, 2012
3:47 pm

Well, no one can say we have a weak schedule next year. It is loaded. If we do well, then the coaching staff will definitely be around for a while. If not, look for big changes after 2013. I don’t think they will do many changes now because they want all the new coaches gelling for this schedule.

2013 = critical year for changes.

Big Dawg

October 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

Dawg Mike, the chances of us not handing down suspensions prior to the beginning of the season are slim to none. Adams and Richt are so righteous they will look for reasons to punish someone at the worst possible time. They may drug test on January 1st, and after spring break

old dog

October 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

Not all the time, but it used to be we played Auburn over there better. Now we got S.C. at the first of the season again, when (as Spurrier pointed out) everybody except the third string punter will be frickin’ suspended! Oh wait……..they tore us up this year anyway………..o-line o-line o-line anybody? Then, it will not matter who or where OR when we play! Gotta get some hosses, though..

LHarding Dawg

October 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Big Dawg – You are a friggin idiot!

Biff

October 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

So now we will have Auburn and Tech at home each even year? That’s a terrible move, the back-end of the schedule will be awful on odd years.

2_dawgs

October 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

ozzfest

October 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

Sorry, we still “do not play anybody”…..Thank God for Ebay for those 2 junk games. (Down from 3 this year.)

Anybody notice that since Ohio State cancelled the 2020-21 series, they have changed their minds, and decided to schedule powerhouse teams for those future years. If only McGarrity had a brain (or a heart…)

ZinoDawg

October 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

I’m calling it right now – Dawgs go 7-5 next year.

DawgFanInBama

October 18th, 2012
3:55 pm

Big Dawg…God forbid they drug test “after spring break”…It’s not hard for kids not to do drugs…

If I were coach, I would drug test every single Monday. No reason these kids are getting a free damn ride and still want to be dumb. I get it…”they are in college”…Okay, well then live the college life and don’t play football.

Dawg Fud

October 18th, 2012
3:55 pm

Another weak home schedule. Every year…..

GoDawgs

October 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Joey,

I would love to play more ACC teams to. We would not only win but would be more prepared and not get outcoached like these SEC games we have to play.

Chip Towers

October 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

Dawg Fud: Dogs happen to be playing on road at Clemson and Ga Tech in 2013. Can’t control SEC tilt.

red soda

October 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

you don’t have any tough road games…of course, i’m looking at your schedule thru the eyes of an LSU fan…alot easier than what west teams play…

aaron

October 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

October is the best time for home games and this means we’ll only have one October home game in 2 years (2012-2013)…..

GT4403

October 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

As much as I like Richt, that schedule will seal his fate. There is an easy 5 losses there with the way his teams handle big games. That will be the normal record going forward without changes. No way he survives it.

OL,OL,OL,OL

October 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

CMRs team almost always start slowly. Next season that will mean a 1-3 record going into Tennessee
game. This will happen with 8-10 starters on defense gone to graduation or NFL, let alone the offensive losses. Really good talent behind these guys, but its young. Really going to be a struggle
in’13!

Math?

October 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

If the season truly starts August 31 and ends November 30th, that will provide 14 weeks in the season, allowing for TWO bye weeks. I would think that would be nice for the teams to schedule those by weeks near the more brutal stretches.

Discuss …

Yikes

October 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

Visiting Tech and Auburn in the same year is one thing. Auburn, if these schedules start following normal patterns, will have to finish every other season going to Georgia and Alabama.

Under Perform

October 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR, you guys

TigerFan

October 18th, 2012
4:17 pm

@Joey, plan to start out 0-1 at Death Valley in Auguts next year, much like what the other South Carolina team did to you recently . . .

Reggie's Balls

October 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

Who cares who GA plays, they are irrelevant in the major landscape of college football.

CigarDawg

October 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

Holy Gauntlet, Batman!

There is no excuse for not being ready for those opening games. Circle them on the calendar now and be prepared to have our boys thinking about them starting the very day after whatever bowl game we win (see, I can still be an optimist) Behavior issues, academic issues, mental preparation issues, penalty issues all need to be under control well before kickoff next August 31.

Reine

October 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

Wow. Lucky them. Avoiding Alabama…again. Well, no worries. They’ll lose the east to South Carolina, or, inevitably, get embarrassed at the SEC championship game when they go up against Alabama. Oh..,and LSU is gonna deliver a very swift spanking, so just be prepared to bend on over and take it without whining…

LOL

October 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

LOL, that joke of a coaching staff hopefully will do their normal routine to get ready and we will get blown out early and often. Maybe 2014 they can finally get a coach that doesn’t suck.

Left Coast Dawg

October 18th, 2012
4:25 pm

Well, at least we won’t have to hear Spurrier complaining about UGA’s schedule, like the old wuss he is. Maybe we should complain about the cupcake schedule that Bama and USCe plays.

clock stoppa

October 18th, 2012
4:26 pm

you georgia fans have become so used to playing cupcake schedules that when you play just a regular SEC schedule, you freakout…

Reine

October 18th, 2012
4:27 pm

Call Steve Spurrier whatever you want. The mutts will keep losing to him every year.

robodawg

October 18th, 2012
4:29 pm

I don’t like reversing the Auburn schedule unless we can reverse the Tech schedule too. Odd years we will now not have a single meaningful home game in November.

As I find myself asking too often, is the St Louis TV market worth this?

clock stoppa

October 18th, 2012
4:32 pm

@ left coast dawg:

2013 SC non-conference schedule:

•08/29 – North Carolina
•09/21 – South Carolina State
•09/28 – at UCF
•11/30 – Clemson
as tough, if not tougher than UGA’s…

robodawg

October 18th, 2012
4:32 pm

And Bama – Tennessee will be played on the FOURTH Saturday in October?

BjohnDawg

October 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

One ugly schedule…and with a week off before …wait for it ….North Texas. WTF!

truedawg881

October 18th, 2012
4:37 pm

Great im glad we get clemson and lsu added know n one can say we play soft schedule.

Macon Mike

October 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

robodawg, maybe McGarrity will start scheduling a BCS conference opponent every other year in November…

LogicalUS

October 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

Well, I guess that “the move to the middle of the season will solve the losing to SC ” didn’t work out so well, so I guess Vince told the SEC office to move it back to the opening of the season before SC gets rolling.

Well not to worry because by the time the Disney Dawgs get rolling next summer, “playing at the first of the season” will be a HUGE advantage to the preseason MNC once again.

CR

October 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

A better solution to prevent these teams mentioned from playing consecutive years against the same opponent at the same site can probably be resolved by trying this scenario.

* Georgia vs Auburn in Atlanta (Georgia Dome).
* Ole Miss vs Alabama in Jackson (Memorial Coliseum) or in Memphis (Liberty Bowl).
* Texas A&M vs Mississippi in Shreveport,LA (Independence Bowl).

RICHT IS A LOSER

October 18th, 2012
4:47 pm

Can’t coach em up. Doesn’t really care. Not good for business. Good enough for the Georgia Bullfrogs though.

Macon Mike

October 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

do I have this figured right? Using the 6-1-1 format, UGA will play west teams (except Auburn) in Athens once every 12 years? So, LSU is here in 2013, Georgia goes to Baton Rouge in 2014, and you don’t see them again until 2025? Right?

East TN Dawg

October 18th, 2012
4:50 pm

Can we go ahead and call Gruden and see what he’s doing in 2014? Put a deposit down, see if he’ll wait us out another couple years before someone else snatches him up. I heard he might be UT bound when they can Dooley, so we need to try and claim him…

DaveDawg96

October 18th, 2012
4:52 pm

Dang, good to Alabama next year. No Florida, Georgia, South Carolina. And LSU at home.