Since I’ve been cast in the role of yin to T. Kyle’s yang, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring next year’s schedule to your attention.
Sat, Sep 04 University of Louisiana-Lafayette Athens, Ga. Sat, Sep 11 South Carolina * at Columbia, S.C. Sat, Sep 18 Arkansas * Athens, Ga. Sat, Sep 25 Mississippi State * at Starkville, Miss. Sat, Oct 02 Colorado at Boulder, Colo. Sat, Oct 09 Tennessee * Athens, Ga. Sat, Oct 16 Vanderbilt * Athens, Ga. Sat, Oct 23 Kentucky * at Lexington, Ky. Sat, Oct 30 Florida * at Jacksonville, Fla. Sat, Nov 06 Idaho State Athens, Ga. Sat, Nov 13 Auburn * at Auburn, Ala. Sat, Nov 27 Georgia Tech Athens, Ga.
The first thing that jumps out at you is the non-conference slate. ULaLa, Colorado, Idaho State and Georgia Tech collectively is a less imposing bunch than last year’s group of Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech was.
Georgia dodges Alabama from the SEC West. Georgia travels to Auburn, true, but it comes after the kind of game that Auburn itself typically plays before facing the Dawgs. And the Dawgs have done okay on the Plains of late.
We can bitch about not having the off week before the Florida game, but that didn’t exactly help last year, did it?
South Carolina will likely be its typical hot, pain in the ass matchup early on, but that’s no different than usual. The ‘Cocks face Southern Mississippi in the opener on a Thursday night, so they’ll have a little more time to get ready than Georgia will.
If there’s a tough part, it’s back to back road games at Mississippi State and Colorado followed by a home game against a Tennessee team that waxed Georgia in Knoxville. Still, I’d venture to say that Georgia will be favored to win in all three of those games.
All in all, the schedule is significantly more manageable than last year’s was.