Things got really, really quiet around Athens, Georgia, and the Georgia Bulldogs football facility around 2 p.m. on Thursday.
That is when the SEC released its 2013 conference schedule for the world to view.
And needless to say, Dawg Nation is already predicting the pending doom of the Georgia program and Head Coach Mark Richt.
No SEC schedule is ever a walk in the park…
But the one Georgia has to face in 2013 will be one of its greatest tests in the history of the program.
September 7 – South Carolina Gamecocks
The Bulldogs kick off the SEC slate with a familiar foe as they face the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 7 Between the Hedges in Athens. There is no doubt Steve Spurrier is happy about this one in keeping his domination of the Dawgs going with an early season battle.
September 28 – LSU Tigers
After a few weeks to wrestle the cupcakes of the world or to beat themselves up against another non-conference BCS team, Georgia will host the LSU Tigers who will probably be ranked in the Top 5 or 10 again in 2013. This will be the first time the Bulldogs have face the Tigers in a regular season game since 2009. This is one of the two games Georgia will battle a SEC Western Division foe in 2013.
October 5 – @ Tennessee Volunteers
Georgia will have its first SEC road test in 2012 against its rival to the north as it invaded Neyland Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 5. This will be a critical game for the Bulldogs who very well could be 0-2 and trying to right the ship in front of Ole Rocky Top.
October 12 – Missouri Tigers
With a year under its belt in SEC play, the Missouri Tigers will take the trip to Athens for the first time to face Georgia on October 12. This is a game Georgia has to win to either bolster its BCS rankings or to get back even in the SEC Eastern Division race.
October 19 – @ Vanderbilt Commodores
Things continue to remain tough on the Bulldogs has it travels to Nashville, Tennessee, to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 19. This games stinks of a trap game on so many different levels for the Bulldogs.
November 2 – vs Florida Gators
The Worlds Largest Cocktail Party will be a November game in 2013 as the Florida Gators and the Bulldogs battle in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 2. This actually has some good news attached to it as there is a week gap prior to the game with the Gators which means Georgia will probably schedule its BYE week on October 26. Good for Bulldog Nation as it has been very successful when facing the Gators coming off an off week.
November 16 – @ Auburn Tigers
This is another questionable game for Georgia as it travels to face the Auburn Tigers on November 16. This is a tough game against its old rival and very late in the SEC campaign. Auburn will no for sure be much improved in 2013 compared to its dismal 2012 season. This is the second of two games against the SEC West in 2013 for Georgia.
November 23 – Kentucky Wildcats
The Bulldogs will wrap up the 2013 SEC regular season with the Kentucky Wildcats at home on November 23. If anything, this is the saving grace of the SEC schedule for Georgia as it should be able to come away with a victory in the final game.
So how’s the heart feeling right now Georgia fans?
What do you think about the 2013 road map to the SEC Championship in Atlanta, Georgia?
There is no doubt the Bulldogs will have an experienced and proven team ready to accept the challenge of an SEC Title and a BCS title run…
If and only if they can survive this schedule…
M. Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years experience in sports broadcasting, journalism and college athletics and professional baseball. He currently is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.
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