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2014 Georgia Football Schedule Preview

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Georgia Football: 2014 Schedule Preview

Georgia Football: 2014 Schedule Preview
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There are high hopes from fans for the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs. With the majority of a tremendous offense back, a new defensive attitude and a manageable schedule, many Bulldog faithful are dreaming of a playoff berth. How likely is that? Let’s take a look game by game and see what the chances are in 2014.

Game 1: vs. Clemson Tigers

Georgia vs Clemson
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Game 1: vs. Clemson Tigers

Game 1: vs. Clemson Tigers
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The Bulldogs open up with non-conference rival Clemson. Last season’s game was an instant classic in Death Valley, with the Tigers taking the win. This season in Athens, Georgia will be looking for a little payback. Georgia will be favored in this game and playing at home gives them an edge. Clemson doesn’t return the same amount of fire power, so for that reason I think the Bulldogs pull off the win. Final: Georgia 30 Clemson 24

Game 2: at South Carolina Gamecocks

Game 2: at South Carolina Gamecocks
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Game 2: at South Carolina Gamecocks

Game 2: at South Carolina Gamecocks
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Georgia gets a bye week after Game 1, giving them an extra week to prepare and correct mistakes from Game 1. South Carolina is at home, but they open with two tough opponents in Texas A&M and East Carolina. Most media are picking USC to win the East division, but the Gamecocks have some real concerns. In the end, Georgia has more talent top to bottom and the extra week will show here. Final: Georgia 34 South Carolina 31

Game 3: vs. Troy Trojans

Game 3: vs Troy Trojans
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Game 3: vs. Troy Trojans

Game 3: vs Troy Trojans
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The Bulldogs will get a little breather here as the Troy Trojans come to Athens for their third game. Todd Gurley will get a chance to pad his stats in the Heisman race and be out of the game by the third quarter. It will also likely be the first opportunity for Bulldogs fans to see an extended look at Faton Bauta and/or Brice Ramsey, which should fuel debate on next season’s quarterback battle. Georgia wins easily. Final: Georgia 45 Troy 14

Game 4: vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Game 4: vs Tennessee Volunteers
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Game 4: vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Game 4: vs Tennessee Volunteers
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This is a potential trap game for the Bulldogs as Tennessee gave them all they could handle a season ago. This was also the game where the injury wheel really hit Mark Richt and company. The Volunteers must come Between the Hedges this season, and while they have made progress they still don’t have the talent or experience to pull of this upset on the road. Georgia will be prepared to handle business. Final: Georgia 31 Tennessee 20

Game 5: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Game 5: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
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Game 5: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Game 5: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
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This game has lost some excitement now that James Franklin and Todd Grantham are gone. The recent fireworks between these two teams should dissipate and hype will return to its normal level in 2014. The Commodores come to Athens during a year of transition as first-year coach Derek Mason tries to continue what Franklin built. The guess is that Todd Gurley has a big game and this one never gets close. Final: Georgia 41 Vanderbilt 17

Game 6: at Missouri Tigers

Game 6: at Missouri Tigers
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Game 6: at Missouri Tigers

Game 6: at Missouri Tigers
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The Bulldogs head out Week 6 for the first of four on the road looking for a little revenge on Missouri. The Tigers' first trip to Athens in 2013 was a success, pulling off the upset over the injury-riddled Bulldogs on their way to an SEC Championship berth. Much of the talent from that team has moved on, however, leaving them with huge holes to fill. Expect the Bulldogs to run away from Mizzou on their way to 6-0. Final: Georgia 34 Missouri 21

Game 7: at Arkansas Razorbacks

Game 7: at Arkansas Razorbacks
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Game 7: at Arkansas Razorbacks

Game 7: at Arkansas Razorbacks
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The road trip continues with a trip to Fayetteville against Bret Bilema’s Razorbacks. There will be some talent to contend with, especially in the running game with Alex Collins. There won’t be nearly enough for Arkansas to seriously challenge the Bulldogs. Todd Gurley will outshine Collins, Hutson Mason will continue an impressive season and the Bulldogs continue their best start since 2005. Final: Georgia 38 Arkansas 17

Game 8: vs. Florida Gators (In Jackosnville)

Game 8: vs Florida Gators (In Jackosnville)
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Game 8: vs. Florida Gators (In Jackosnville)

Game 8: vs Florida Gators (In Jackosnville)
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The annual cocktail party should be a good one. Georgia has turned the tide of this rivalry, winning three in a row against the series. This one feels a little different. Florida hung with Georgia last season, their defense able to hold the Bulldogs to twenty-four points. That defense will be stout again and the offense is going to be better. This one will come down to the wire, but Florida ends the streak at three. Final: Florida 24 Georgia 21

Game 9: vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Game 9: vs Kentucky Wildcats
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Game 9: vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Game 9: vs Kentucky Wildcats
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After a disappointment in Jacksonville, the Bulldogs get back on track, coming back home and facing the Kentucky Wildcats. Mark Stoops is a good coach, but he just doesn’t have the players to compete with the likes of Georgia. The Bulldogs come out angry and take out some frustration on the Wildcats, not even giving it a chance to remain close. Final: Georgia 42 Kentucky 14

Game 10: vs. Auburn Tigers

Game 10: vs Auburn Tigers
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Game 10: vs. Auburn Tigers

Game 10: vs Auburn Tigers
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After a full week of watching the “Prayer in Jordan-Hare” played over and over on sports channels, maybe in the Bulldogs locker room too, Auburn will come to Athens. Georgia will undoubtedly be looking to avenge a freak play that cost them, at least, a nine win season in an injury-plagued year. Auburn will be good in 2014, but not good enough to knock off Georgia at home who will be sick of hearing about Ricardo Louis. Final: Georgia 31 Auburn 27

Game 11: vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Game 11: vs Charleston Southern Buccaneers
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Game 11: vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Game 11: vs Charleston Southern Buccaneers
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The Bulldogs schedule one more cupcake before the end of the season, taking on the Buccaneers in Athens. This will be a noon kickoff, no excitement and easy win for Richt and his team. Starters will get some extra rest mid-way through the third quarter and the battle for starting positions in 2015 will officially begin as backups try to make an impression on coaches. Final: Georgia 52 Charleston Southern 13

Game 12: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Game 12: vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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Game 12: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Game 12: vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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The Yellow Jackets come to Athens, closing the 2014 season. Georgia will have wrapped up the East and be in the discussion for the playoffs. The Bulldogs will have everything to play for, the Jackets probably just squeaking into a bowl game. It's a rivalry so anything can happen, but there's no reason Tech should pull an upset. Georgia wins big, sending Mason and the rest of the seniors off in style, finishing 11-1. Final: Georgia 34 Tech 17