Watching the Georgia Bulldogs in 2014 was like reading Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities with the best of times being the 34-0 drubbing of the eventual East champ Missouri & the 34-7 beating of Auburn. The worst of times were obviously losing the way they did to Florida in Jacksonville where they gave up over 400 yards rushing to the hated Gators and the overtime loss to in-state rival Georgia Tech who was let off the hook by an interesting decision to pooch kick only down three with 18 seconds to play in regulation.
The Dawgs open the 2015 season at home against the UL-Monroe Warhawks of the Sun Belt Conference who have taken a step back in the last few seasons but is still a solid program. Georgia wastes no time hitting the road in conference play when they travel up to Nashville to take on a rebuilding Vanderbilt squad who did give the Bulldogs a pretty good fight in 2014. Week 3 takes the Bulldogs back ‘between the hedges’ against the Ole Ball Coach & South
Carolina. This will be only the fourth time in the last 16 seasons that this game wasn’t the second game of the year for each school. The month of September closes out with FCS opponent Southern University & A&M College Jaguars hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the reigning SWAC West Division champions.
Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; and it rose upon no sadder sight that Georgia’s October schedule in 2015. The tough month begins with Alabama visiting Athens in one of the most anticipated games of the early season, especially in the SEC. The following week brings a road game in Knoxville against an improved Tennessee team who Georgia has beaten five times in a row but only by an average of five points in the last four contests. October 17th brings the Missouri Tigers who have given Georgia some trouble in two of the last three seasons. The Bulldogs get a breather on the 24th before their annual trip to Jacksonville to face off against their bitter rival Florida Gators.
November begins with a home game against the Kentucky Wildcats who are surely to be improved in year three under head coach Mark Stoops & both teams will be coming off of a rivalry game as Kentucky will have just played Tennessee in the Battle for the Barrel. The following week the Dawgs hit the road in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry against the Auburn Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The two final games of the regular season will be against two in-state schools who combined for 20 wins in 2014 & return ten and thirteen starters respectively. The Georgia Southern Eagles visit Athens on November 21st, their first trip as an FBS opponent. Then the final week of the regular season, there will be some ‘Good, Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate’ in Bobby-Dodd Stadium when the Bulldogs travel to Atlanta.
Georgia’s October & November slate is a tough one but could be navigated with this roster, especially if a solid quarterback emerges. If one doesn’t, this could be a down year for the Dawgs. I don’t foresee that happening but hopefully for Georgia fans it will be a season of light & not a season of darkness.
Georgia 2015 Schedule
Sept 5th v. UL-Monroe
Sept 12th at Vanderbilt
Sept 19th v. South Carolina
Sept 26th v. Southern
Oct 3rd v. Alabama
Oct 10th at Tennessee
Oct 17th v. Missouri
Oct 24th BYE WEEK
Oct 31st v. Florida (In Jacksonville)
Nov 7th v. Kentucky
Nov 14th at Auburn
Nov 21st v. Georgia Southern
Nov 28th at Georgia Tech