A couple of random scheduling notes

Via Yahoo!’s Pat Forde:

Toughest November schedule: Texas A&M finishes at Georgia and at LSU. Georgia plays Florida, Missouri, at Auburn, Texas A&M and at Georgia Tech — with Missouri and Auburn both having an open-date advantage. Maryland plays Michigan, at Ohio State, Nebraska, at Michigan State. Baylor plays at TCU, Oklahoma, Texas and at Kansas. Notre Dame plays its pileup of games against teams coming off open dates (see above) and then finishes at Stanford.

Team going nowhere: Georgia plays every game in Athens, Atlanta or a neighboring state, with out-of-state trips only to Vanderbilt (roughly 300 miles), Tennessee (235 miles), Jacksonville (340 miles) and Auburn (175 miles).

By the way, if you think Georgia’s got it rough playing teams coming off open weeks on the schedule, check out Notre Dame’s November.

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22 responses to “A couple of random scheduling notes

  1. Muttley

    That’s the only time I’ve ever seen playing at Jacksonville and Auburn called “going nowhere”. Not a big compliment to FU or AU.

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    • Muttley

      (That probably calls for some tie-in with FU’s recent Yogi Berra-like statement that they’re “not going anywhere”, but I don’t care enough).

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  2. Greg

    Would still swap schedules with ND, easier path to the MNC..

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  3. Between ND, Tennessee on the road, and that absurd November, I find it very hard to believe UGA goes 12-0 this year.

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    • Not worried about your first two there, but November… yeah, that concerns me.

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      • Muttley

        When you have depth (and incoming talent) on your side, I’d much rather get challenged late than early. Most of Richt’s better teams opened pretty strong, I think, (and some woke up late, granted) and last year we paid big for snoozing through the opening stretch.

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    • Russ

      Assuming we get to November undefeated, we can survive one loss but can’t let that turn into two losses.

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    • Macallanlover

      Agree PW, although including GT on that November list undermines the point. 12-0 if looked at on an individual game basis, but 11-1 or 10-2 seems more probable.

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  4. Austin

    The Auburn game worries me greatly. They get a bye, we are running a tough stretch, it is away and we have yet to win an away game in the west under Smart. Auburn will not be as good as last year in my opinion, but they have a very good d line, depth, and some very explosive receivers. Any injuries and this stretch and with A&M right around the corner could make getting to Atlanta a nail biting experience. I don’t see ya dropping any games before Auburn, but I could see us coming out of this one bruised and with a lose.

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  5. dawgman3000

    The only team that concerns me during that late stretch is Auburn and that’s only because of the current propensity under Smart to drop a game on the road to a western opponent. IMO, if they beat Auburn, I think they’re undefeated heading to ATL as it’s currently hard for me to find a loss with the talent Kirby has on hand.

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  6. Mayor

    Georgia has always played a difficult back-loaded schedule. CVD used to say that no other team in the nation faced as difficult a final three games against such powerful traditional rivals as Georgia did against Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech (remember, this is when Tech was a national power). The names have changed a little but the concept is the same. I think Georgia is better than any of those teams we play near the end of the season. The real problem is for some of those difficult games the opposition gets the week before off and the Dawgs don’t. The WLOCP is a wash because Georgia and FU both get the previous week off. But we have to play Auburn and ATM back to back with both getting the previous week off and the Dawgs don’t.

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  7. TMCDAWG

    Barring any catastrophic injuries we have as good a shot as I can remember going undefeated. Kirby’s got to get this western division monkey off of his back. The key to a glorious season 12 -0 is the Auburn game.

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  8. Mike Cooley

    I don’t know what scares y’all about November. Auburn is going to suck. A&M doesn’t exactly terrify me either.

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