The fourth in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to the the little engine that came 5-Yards-From-the-National-Championship.
12-2 (7-1) in 2012
Synopsis: 2012 was the year. Georgia has always had good quarterbacks and running backs but the defense wasn't always there. The 2012 Bulldogs had defense and a darn good one at that. That team had momentum and a shot at a national title. But Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley had other ideas.
It is now 2013. The quarterback is back and the running backs are back. However, a BIG chunk of that vaunted defense is gone (see below). In addition, starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is suspended for the opener against Clemson putting even more inexperienced bodies on the field. If the Dawgs get off to a slow start, their season could be over by week 2.
Key Losses: OLB Jarvis Jones, ILB Alec Ogletree, DT John Jenkins, SS Shawn Williams, CB Sanders Commings, WR Tavarres King, OLB Cornelius Washington, SS Bacarri Rambo, NT Kwame Geathers
Key Returners: QB Aaron Murray, RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, WR/CB Malcolm Mitchell, CB Damian Swann, LB Jordan Jenkins, OL John Theus, OL Chris Burnette
Newcomers: DB Tray Matthews, DE Leonard Floyd, OL Brandon Kublanow, LB Tim Kimbrough
8/31/13 at Clemson (Clemson, SC) - This is going to be a tough one and Coach Mark Richt has lost early non-conference high-profile games like this one in recent years (Boise in 2011, Oklahoma State in 2009). This game might finish 80 to 78 - Win
9/7/13 vs. South Carolina (Athens, GA) - Another toughie. Can Jadeveon Clowney play all 11 defensive positions and rush for 100 yards? Give the edge to the home team - Win
9/21/13 vs. North Texas (Athens, GA) - Win
9/28/13 vs. LSU (Athens, GA) - Oh boy. Could UGA be 1-3 after this game? Not likely but the Dawgs always seem to have at least one epic fail - Loss
10/5/13 at Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) - Win
10/12/13 vs. Missouri (Athens, GA) - Win
10/19/13 at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN) The 'Dores could pull this one out but not likely - Win
11/2/13 vs. Florida (Jacksonville, FL) - Did I mention I cannot understand why UGA continues to agree to play this annual "neutral site" game in Jacksonville? Another nail-biter - Loss
11/9/13 vs. Appalachian State (Athens, GA) - Win
11/16/13 at Auburn (Auburn, AL) - Win
11/23/13 vs. Kentucky (Athens, GA) - Win
11/30/13 at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) When is Tech going to give up on Coach Paul Johnson and his oddball philosophies of football? - Win
* As mentioned above, Richt's teams have a history of at least one big letdown. Clemson, SC, and LSU are toss-ups with Vandy as a possible upset. However it turns out, two losses look to be the outcome for UGA's 2013 regular season.