David Wunderlich breaks it down and finds it’s the SEC’s toughest.
The Worst: Georgia
The Bulldogs wound up with Alabama and Auburn, a pair of teams that will appear in far more preseason top tens than they won’t. AU is getting some early buzz as a playoff contender, and Bama, whatever its present deficiencies, has hauled in several consecutive No. 1 recruiting classes.
Unless I’m massively wrong about something somewhere—which is always possible—UGA stands alone with the toughest cross-division schedule.
And that could be bad news in the bigger picture.
The cross-division scheduling could end up deciding the East division. If you take it, as I currently do, as it being a two-horse race between Georgia and Missouri, Mizzou drawing Mississippi State while UGA gets Bama and Auburn is a big advantage for the Tigers. If Missouri beats MSU while Georgia goes 0-2 against the West, UGA would have to sweep its East games to be assured of a berth to Atlanta regardless of what Mizzou does. If the Tigers beat the West Bulldogs and win the tiebreaker over the East Bulldogs, it’ll be incredibly tough for Georgia to win the division.
That being said, and taking nothing away from what should be a salty Auburn squad, it’s not as if Georgia has struggled mightily with the Plainsmen of late. Cam Newton overpowered the Dawgs and then there’s the game with the play of which we shall speak no further. But other than those, Georgia has pretty much controlled the series over the past few years.
Right now, put me down for Georgia going no worse than 1-1 against the West in 2015.