Third installment in the series takes us to Athens, G-A:
Coach: Mark Richt (136–48 in 14 season at UGA; 78-34 in SEC) [Losing control since 1982]
2014 record: 10-3 (6-2 in SEC, 2nd in East Division)
CB969 2014 Prediction: 10-2 - "Them Dawgs have a chance at going to Atlanta in early December but it's more likely to be Orlando in early January instead." [They went to Charlotte.]
Look back:. With no answer at QB and RB Todd Gurley on the sidelines (suspension, injuries)
Key losses: RB Todd Gurley (Rams, Round 1), WR Chris Conley (Chiefs, Round 3), LB Ramik Wilson (Chiefs, Round 4), CB Damian Swann (Saints, Round 5), ILB Amarlo Herrera (Colts, Round 6),
Returning starters: 6 on offense, 7 on defense, kicker, and punter.
Top returnees: RB Nick Chubb, OG Greg Pyke, LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Leonard Floyd, OT John Theus, TE Jeb Blazevich, OG Brandon Kublanow, S Quincy Mauger.
Top newcomers: DT Trent Thompson (Albany, GA), ATH Terry Godwin (Hogansville, GA), OLB Roquan Smith (Montezuma, GA), DE Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker, GA), DE Natrez Patrick (Atlanta, GA).
Strengths: Schedule and limited traveling; Secondary.
Weaknesses: QB, center, WR, young D-Line.
Outlook: With the Bulldogs breaking in a new QB (starter TBD) and a bunch of new WRs, can you guess what the offensive philosophy will be? The most experienced returning receiver is senior Malcolm Mitchell who is attempting to come back from plethora of injuries... Who is going to play center? ... The schedule works out pretty well for the Dawgs with all their games in Georgia or neighboring states.
Sept. 5 Louisiana-Monroe - W
Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt - W (308 miles)
Sept. 19 South Carolina - W - This one will get ugly. Chubb goes for 200+.
Sept. 26 Southern University - W - Disgraceful scheduling.
Oct. 3 Alabama - L - I know what you're thinking: "GUMP!"
Oct. 10 at Tennessee - W - A big road test but I don't think the Vols are there yet. (273 miles)
Oct. 17 Missouri - W - I could SO see Richt screw the pooch on this one.
Oct. 24 bye
Oct. 31 vs. Florida* - W - This is typically the kind of game Richt screws up but he filled that order last year.
Nov. 5 at Kentucky - W
Nov. 14 at Auburn - L Unless UGA finds a QB by this point, this is an L all day. (181 miles)
Nov. 21 Georgia Southern - W - If the R
Nov. 28 at Georgia Tech - W - Location does not seem to matter in this 122-year old rivalry. Dawgs will be looking for revernge. (70 miles)
Let's go Bowling! Yep, maybe Sugar. If they can win the East, they likely get a rematch in Atlanta on December 5th.
* Fun Fact: UGA will travel a combined 832 miles this season. Alabama = 1780 miles.