The 2014 Georgia Football Schedule in One Picture: Dawgs to win it all in 2014?
Yesterday, the SEC announced conference slates for each team in 2014. With that information now known, we can piece together Georgia’s 2014 schedule.
Here’s how Georgia’s schedule shakes out next year:
- 8/30: Clemson
- 9/6: OFF
- 9/13: @ South Carolina
- 9/20: Troy
- 9/27: Tennessee
- 10/4: Vandy
- 10/11: @ Missouri
- 10/18: @ Arkansas
- 10/25: Off
- 11/1: Florida
- 11/08: @ Kentucky
- 11/15: Auburn
- 11/22: Charleson Southern
- 11/29: Georgia Tech
I’m not normally a huge fan of looking this far in advance. I’m not done previewing the 2013 season, so a look at 2014 is certainly premature. But, consider that these Bulldog starters will be gone for sure next year due to graduation:
- Aaron Murray
- Kenarious Gates
- Dallas Lee
- Chris Burnette
- Arthur Lynch
- Garrison Smith
And these starters could be gone early if they ball out in 2013:
- Malcolm Mitchell
- Damian Swann
- Amarlo Herrera
- Mike Thornton
And now think about the 2014 team’s possible identity assuming all of that talent leaves:
- Run-heavy offense lead by juniors Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
- An experienced line anchored by returning starters David Andrews and John Theus and returning stud backups Mark Beard, Watts Dantzler, Hunter Long and Kolton Houston.
- An experienced (backup) veteran under center for the first time (Hutson Mason) throwing to the likes of Michael Bennett, Jonathan Rumph, Chris Conley, Justin Scott-Wesley, Reggie Davis and Jay Rome.
- A defense that returns 7+ starters.
- A junior kicker and punter with three years of starting experience.
And think about that schedule:
- A rebuilding Clemson offense, followed by a week off.
- A South Carolina team that is missing the best player in the program’s history (Clowney) and its starting QB from this year (Connor Shaw).
- Troy, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all at home.
- Missouri (likely with a new coach) on the road. Arkansas (still a few years away from returning) on the road.
- A week off before Florida.
- A trip to Kentucky.
- Auburn at home.
- Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech at home.
- No Alabama.
- No LSU.
- No Texas A&M.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m way ahead of myself. But this feels a lot like the 1998 Tennessee Vol team that was stuck with a rebuilding project following the departure of legendary QB Peyton Manning. Tee Martin stepped in for a team that ranked 10th in the pre-season and promptly won a National Championship. I’m not sayin, but I’m sayin.
And, you’ve got to like Todd Gurley’s Heisman odds against that slate.
That’s all I got/