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The Georgia Bulldogs’ Toughest Games of 2013

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The Georgia Bulldogs' Toughest Games of 2013

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After a tough SEC Championship loss, the only way for the Bulldogs to improve upon last year will be to play in the National Championship. The Georgia Bulldogs face several tough opponents in 2013, and to make it to the National Championship will be as tough as it has ever been for the red and black. If the Bulldogs can beat these opponents they will surely run the table to the SEC Championship.

The offense will be as potent as it has ever been in 2013 with the return of their offensive line, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennet and Aaron Murray. Murray is set to break multiple SEC passing records including the record for career passing touchdowns and career passing yards. The only real loss on offense from the 2012 season is Tavarres King, the wideout that was drafted by the Denver Broncos.

The Bulldogs defense will be reloading after a ton of talent including first-round linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, nose tackles John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, defensive backs Baccari Rambo, Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams, and linebacker Cornelius Washington all went to the NFL. But the Bulldogs have done very well recruiting for Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense so there should be little to no drop off in talent. Only Garrison Smith and Damian Swann return from last year's defense.

The Bulldogs will have to play at the top of their game to improve upon last season, but I truly feel they can get it done. Here are the five toughest games for the Bulldogs in 2013.

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5. The Tennessee Volunteers

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The Tennessee Vols will be rebuilding on offense again after losing Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson. The reason they are included on this list is because the Bulldogs have to travel to Neyland Stadium where a capacity crowd fits over 102,000. Knoxville is never an easy place to play, and this year will be no different.

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4. The LSU Tigers

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The LSU Tigers will return with an ever present stifling defense for the 2013 season; the real question is whether or not they will bring a true offensive attack. Many LSU players departed early for the draft, but as always they are still loaded with talent. They will also be looking to prove something after losing to Clemson at the end of the 2012 season.

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3. The Florida Gators

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The Bulldogs have beat the Florida Gators two years in a row now, and Will Muschamp has made a promise that the streak won't last long. The Gators looked almost perfect last year with one slip up against UGA before they forgot to show up in the Sugar Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals.

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2. The Clemson Tigers

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The Clemson Tigers are the first game of the year, and it's an away game so the Bulldogs will have to be ready out of the gate as the Tigers almost assuredly will bring top ten talent to the table. Returning quarterback Tahj Boyd led his team to a victory over the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-a Bowl to finish the 2012 season at 11-2 and 7-1 in the ACC.

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1. The South Carolina Gamecocks

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The South Carolina Gamecocks have put the Bulldogs in their place for the last three years, and this year they are the toughest game the Bulldogs face because of the mental aspect that comes with a losing streak. Jadeveon Clowney has made the Bulldogs' tackles look silly over his short career, and this year the Bulldogs will be counting on former five star John Theus to slow Clowney enough for Murray to make his reads.