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Breaking Down the 2013 Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedule

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Breaking Down the 2013 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule

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The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they made an SEC title appearance and lost a close game against the eventual national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mark Richt has been the head coach of this team for over a decade and is itching for a coveted national title.

Playing in the toughest conference in America doesn’t help the road to the national title in simplicity, but once an SEC team gets to the title game, they win a majority of the time because the talent they had faced all season long has prepared them for it.

Coming off a 12-2 season, the Bulldogs look to be one of the top teams in the nation and are currently ranked No. 3 in the Rant Sports’ top 100 rankings. This team is losing a wealth of defensive talent from 2012, but it is also returning nine starters on a supremely talented offense.

Georgia could certainly make a run at a national title in 2013 and finally overcome the obstacle that has been Alabama for the past two seasons. I have no doubt that the Bulldogs will meet the Crimson Tide in the conference title game and assert themselves as the top team in he SEC.

The winner of the SEC, in my opinion, will win the national title and there’s a good chance that team will be Georgia.

Playing with Heisman candidate in starting quarterback Aaron Murray will surely help their chances of winning an SEC title and national title.

Let’s see how the Bulldogs stack up against the competition in 2013.

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Aug. 31: at Clemson

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In one of the best early-season matchups that college fans should definitely be looking forward to, the Clemson Tigers will be hosting the Bulldogs. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are a devastating one-two punch, but the Bulldogs have seen it all.

PREDICTION: Georgia 37, Clemson 31

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Sept. 7: South Carolina

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In what looks to be a grueling early-season schedule, the Bulldogs will host South Carolina and the Jadeveon Clowney show. Both teams will be contending for a national title by season's end, but this game has to go to the team with the better starting quarterback and home-field advantage.

PREDICTION: South Carolina 21, Georgia 28

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Sept. 21: North Texas

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North Texas is coming off a 4-8 season in 2012, but the Mean Green will not have nearly enough firepower to take down Georgia.

PREDICTION: North Texas 0, Georgia 41

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Sept. 28: LSU

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This game looks to be a bit of a back-and-forth one as LSU has little offense, but a great defense. The Tigers will be able to score enough to stay in the game, but ultimately, Murray will break the hearts of LSU fans everywhere.

PREDICTION: LSU 27, Georgia 33

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Oct. 5: at Tennessee

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Traveling to Tennessee isn't the dreaded trip that it used to be, however, winning on the road in the SEC is never easy. The Volunteers are under a new direction with Butch Jones as the first-year head coach, but they are nowhere near the level of talent that they used to be.

PREDICTION: Georgia 42, Tennessee 26

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Oct. 12: Missouri

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Missouri isn't a top SEC talent, by any means, but they could still be a thorn in the side of serious contenders. That won't be the case in this matchup, however. The Tigers are losing far too much defensive talent.

PREDICTION: Missouri 10, Georgia 37

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Oct. 19: at Vanderbilt

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Winning nine games in 2012 was something no one outside of the Vanderbilt program could have predicted, but 2013 is a different year. Losing starting quarterback Joran Rodgers will be devastating and losing its starting running back won't be too easy, either.

PREDICTION: Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 20

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Nov. 2: Florida

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The Florida Gators are years removed from the celebrated Urban Meyer era, but Will Muschamp has this team back on the winning trail. Leading them to a 10-win season in 2012 seemed to be a sign of things to come, but Jeff Driskel is just too poor a quarterback to lead this team into battle.

PREDICTION: Florida 30, Georgia 33

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Nov. 9: Appalachian State

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Appalachian State is quite a few years removed from their incredible win over the Michigan Wolverines at the Big House in Ann Arbor. Although they are part of one of the biggest upsets in college football history, this team is not going to march into Georgia and steal a victory. Sorry, underdog fans.

PREDICTION: Appalachian State 13, Georgia 52

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Nov. 16: at Auburn

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Auburn is finally under a new direction after a couple of terrible seasons under Gene Chizik following their national title victory in 2010. However, they will not have enough adjustment time in order to take down the Bulldogs who are fighting for an SEC title.

PREDICTION: Georgia 32, Auburn 13

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Nov. 23: Kentucky

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Kentucky just stands in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one will be wanting to face Georgia this late in the season with an SEC title on the line. Too bad for new Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops.

PREDICTION: Kentucky 3, Georgia 45

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Nov. 30: at Georgia Tech

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Georgia Tech faces the daunting task of taking down an 11-0 and red-hot Bulldogs squad looking to earn a trip to the national title game. Although they will have a great returning offense, the Yellow Jackets are just not the team that will be able to beat Georgia in 2013.

PREDICTION: Georgia 37, Georgia Tech 27

The Bulldogs finish the season 12-0 and head to yet another SEC title game. Alabama will win once again, however.