The days are getting shorter and the heat is showing some signs of fading. Therefore, the time has come to make bold predictions because college football will kickoff this week. I like to do this every year just for fun, and recently with Georgia’s mediocrity it has been somewhat easy to predict their overall record but hard to pick the actual losses. This year is unique because fans are clueless at quarterback and that doesn’t help when trying to predict outcomes. Usually, I feel like Georgia is just about a given to go 9-3 with a bowl game. I have thought about it for a while, and I almost went back to my rinse and repeat 9-3 prediction. But something is making me feel a little optimistic. In the end, there are a lot of teams in the SEC that are in the same situation at quarterback and that helps. I also think there are a lot of overrated teams. For example, the state of Mississippi should return to planet earth this year and Auburn is probably going to lose 3 games. On the other hand, LSU may be resurgent along with Tennessee. Arkansas will be Arkansas which is good but never great. Florida will be getting their ducks in a row and Spurrier is going to be dangerous for any team contending in the SEC. But Georgia is my team so here are my thoughts on Georgia’s season.
UGA vs LA Monroe Sept 5th– This should be an automatic win of course but it will be intriguing to watch because of the QB competition and Georgia’s new offensive coordinator. I think Lambert and Ramsey will rotate a lot in this game and we may even see Bauta a little bit. It would also be nice to see some receivers emerge. Georgia Wins (1-0)
UGA vs Vanderbilt Sept 12th– Always a tough place to play for Georgia, but I think it will be different this year. The Vanderbilt game is usually sandwiched between bigger opponents and this year it is not. It represents the 1st SEC win and Georgia may still be looking for a true starter. Vanderbilt’s new coach just doesn’t seem to have the same mojo as James Franklin. UGA wins by three scores in Nashville (2-0).
UGA vs South Carolina Sept. 19th– South Carolina has won 4 out of the last 5, but one could also say that Georgia has won 8 of the last 13. As Jeb says, “figures lie and liars figure.” Don’t get me wrong because this game scares the s#@t out of me. They have a new defensive coordinator and a new quarterback. That could be good or bad. None of that will matter if UGA doesn’t have a definitive starting quarterback by the end of the Vanderbilt game. Should be a classic but I like UGA at home and at night. If I were coaching I would bust out the black jerseys every time they kickoff in Sanford after 5pm. Dawgs win a good one. (3-0)
UGA vs Southern University Sept. 26th– No reason to elaborate here. Should be a great game to take little ones to see. Dawgs Win (4-0)
UGA vs Alabama Oct. 3rd– Well this is the game that people just won’t shut up about. Honestly, I would take a loss to Alabama if I could ensure UGA would go undefeated in the east. This one will be hyped up and the first real test for Alabama in 2015. I feel like I need to go with my gut here, and my gut tells me Georgia wins. Georgia has a few let down games every year but they also have a few games where they show up, and they are going to show for this one. I think the coaching staff changes will benefit UGA in this game. Dawgs win and there will be a record number of people arrested in downtown Athens over the weekend. (5-0)
UGA vs Tennessee Oct 10th– Well here it is the first loss. Just when Georgia starts to feel good about themselves they will get beat up in Knoxville. May not be close either. Tennessee is better but not the better team. They will just get Georgia at the right time and at home. Traditional let down game that UGA fans have seen many times in the tradition of Auburn 1997 and Tennessee 2004. This one is going to sting. Only way I see Georgia winning this game is if they were to lose two games prior and have their back against the wall. (5-1)
UGA vs Missouri Oct. 17th– Scary game at home for Georgia. This will be the Dawg’s last game before a much needed off weekend. It appears Mizz fans want to be rivals with Georgia, and from articles I have read their fan base seems to have respect for Georgia’s program and overall way of doing things. Let’s face it, Mizz fans are likely disgusted by some of the fans they meet in the SEC. Georgia has some bad fans, but when you compare them to other fans in the SEC Georgia fans might have just a little bit more class. But you are supposed to hate your rival in the SEC not respect them. Good game here and Missouri could win but if UGA loses in Knoxville they will likely get it done against Missouri. (6-1)
Off Weekend Oct. 24th– I will personally win on this weekend. No tailgate to organize, and I may even play a little golf. But the best part is that Georgia won’t lose a game.
UGA vs Florida Oct. 31st– There are a lot of unknowns when looking at Florida this year. I think they will have a decent season but probably end up around 8-4. The best thing going for the Georgia coaching staff is the film they have from last year’s debacle. Jeremy Pruitt is going to have a fit when he looks back over the off week. As usual, Georgia keeps it close but in the end Georgia wins by a score. (7-1)
UGA vs Kentucky Nov. 7th– Really looking forward to the weather for this game. The leaves will be colorful and it will be cool or even cold. Really love Saturdays in Athens this time of year. Just don’t see Georgia losing this one unless they get into injury trouble. Georgia wins (8-1)
UGA vs Auburn Nov. 14th– Yet another match up on the plains. By this time Georgia will be back in the Top 10 and in control of the east. Tennessee or Missouri will have 2 losses so all Georgia will need is a win here to make it to the dome. WELL S%#T! Georgia loses this one. Georgia will lose two games and one could easily see Georgia losing to Alabama, Tennessee, or Auburn. But this is the way I think it will play out. Let’s just hope that Tennessee has more than 2 loses because they would hold the tie breaker over UGA in this scenario. (8-2)
UGA vs Georgia Southern Nov. 21st– Why does Georgia play Georgia Southern? Georgia has nothing to gain but everything to lose. The only argument for playing Georgia Southern is as preparation for GA Tech. “Closer than the experts think”, as Corso likes to say. Last home tailgate of the year which is always a fun one. Dawgs win (9-2).
UGA vs GA Tech Nov. 28th– Last year’s game was AWFUL! However, Mark Richt doesn’t lose to Tech very often and last year was more of a Georgia loss than a Tech win. So let me make a few predictions about this year’s game at Billy Grant.
- There will be way more red & black in the stadium than Tech’s piss yellow
- It will be the only sell out at Billy Grant all year.
- TECH’s A-S-S will be whipped after 4 quarters of football.
- Georgia Wins (10-2)
Not sure if 10 and 2 gets Georgia to the dome or not. But it should give them a chance. However, if UGA doesn’t at least get back to the SEC championship the locals are going to get restless. At least I will. At the end of the day, it is next to impossible to predict how things are going to hash out over the season. I have to admit this is a pretty optimistic prediction. Last year I predicted 10-2 as well because I just didn’t see UGA losing to Tech, and without a stupid pooch kick I may have been correct. Right or wrong, close or not, it is a lot of fun to talk about. Go Dawgs!