A year after making it to the National Championship game, and came really close to winning it, the UGA Football team must now flip the calendar and look ahead to the 2018 schedule. While the Out of Conference schedule isn’t that daunting, UGA must of course go through the gauntlet that is the SEC. Here are three games UGA must focus on to make it back to the SEC Championship game.
@ South Carolina 9/8/18
The Dawgs have had a good bit of success against the Gamecocks since Spurrier left in 2015, winning by a combined 60 points over the last 3 games. However this game feels a bit different to me. Will Muschamp, entering his 3rd season as head coach, brought in the 19th overall class in recruiting this year to bolster their roster. UGA having graduated much of their playmakers on defense, will look to ravage an offensive line from South Carolina who gave up 29 sacks last season. However, with it being early in the season, and the defense still trying to figure things out, I could see the Gamecocks sneaking away with a victory especially on their home turf.
@ LSU 10/13/18
Anyone who thinks that this game won’t be a primetime is clearly delusional. The Tigers do sport a 1-3 record against UGA the last 4 times against them in the regular season, including a 52-38 loss the last time they played in Tiger Stadium. However, LSU leads all time 16-13-1 and will have a much better team this year, and playing at night.. There?… yeah… it’s not going to be easy Dawg fans.
@ Kentucky 11/3/18
I originally had the following weeks matchup against Auburn as one of the three, but decided this game was too juicy to overlook. This is what people who watch college football call a “Trap Game”. With the big rematch with Auburn looming the following week, you can easily see this Georgia team look ahead to that matchup being one of the only blemishes on their season. Kentucky after their 2nd straight winning season looks to continue on their momentum and get back some revenge on a team that beat them last year by 29.
These three games will be crucial for UGA not to overlook in the 2018 season. Failure to be fully prepared for these games could easily lead to a shocking loss and be the difference between playing in a second straight SEC championship game and playing in a meaningless bowl game.
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