UGA football schedule predictions and early game-by-game preview for 2016. Projecting how the Georgia Bulldogs will do this year.
The first season under Kirby Smart has the promise and potential to finish with a spot in the SEC championship. Will the schedule work out enough to make it happen? Check out the predictions and what’s going to happen in every game.
Sept. 3 vs. North Carolina (in Atlanta)
The Bulldogs might not have the running backs. They might be starting a true freshman quarterback. They might be under a new coaching staff and learning a few things on the fly. But they’re going to absolutely doornail a very good North Carolina team thanks to a great defensive performance.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 41, North Carolina 17
Sept. 10 Nicholls State
Consider it a plus if this is still even remotely interesting after the first 10 minutes. The Bulldog front seven will be tremendous.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 55, Nicholls State 0
Sept. 17 at Missouri
Georgia won last year in a brutally ugly 9-6 clunker, and it won at Mizzou in 2014 with a 34-0 domination. The Dawgs pull off another win in the series, but have a tough time moving the ball – the offensive line will be under siege.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 23, Missouri 16
Sept. 24 at Ole Miss
This is where the Bulldogs won’t look quite ready for prime time. They’ll be in the game throughout, but in a tough environment, there will be too many turnovers and a few too many mistakes in key moments.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 27, Georgia 24
Oct. 1 vs. Tennessee
For the second straight week, UGA will have its chances late in the game to take control, and it won’t be able to do it. It’ll be a big opportunity slipping away – the SEC-East deciding win will tip the way of the veteran Vols in the fourth.
Preseason Prediction: Tennessee 24, Georgia 20
Oct. 8 at South Carolina
Kirby Smart vs. Will Muschamp. Get ready for this to be a thing over the next few years. In the first go-round, the Gamecocks won’t have enough offense in the second half, as Georgia stops the losing slide.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 31, South Carolina 17
Oct. 15 vs. Vanderbilt
With a week off coming up, Georgia will have to deal with a Vanderbilt defense that’ll force enough mistakes to keep this close. The Commodores’ offense won’t be able to take advantage of the chances. The gassed Bulldogs will welcome the upcoming week off.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 20, Vanderbilt 10
Oct. 29 vs. Florida (in Jacksonville)
Florida might have won two in a row in the series, and both teams get a week off to prepare, but this will be Georgia’s big moment. The running back situation will be fine by this point, and the Bulldog defense will stop the Gators just enough to halt potential scoring drives.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 24, Florida 9
Nov. 5 at Kentucky
By this point, the Bulldog defense will be humming. It’ll be good all year long, but by early November, the pieces will be in place and it’ll all start to work. It’ll be enough to overcome a sluggish effort by the offense by creating the right turnovers at the right time.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 34, Kentucky 16
Nov. 12 vs. Auburn
The SEC season is done for the Bulldogs after this – at least the regular season – while the Tigers still have work to do in the Iron Bowl a few weeks later. In the first home game in three weeks, Georgia will have an effective day from Jacob Eason as he handles the Auburn pass rush just enough to get the job done.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 28, Auburn 17
Nov. 19 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
This isn’t just a late season breather. The Ragin’ Cajuns should be good enough to be deep in the hunt for the Sun Belt chase, and they’re going to give an unfocused Georgia team all it can handle. Just when it seems like the impossible upset will happen, the Dawgs will come through in the second half.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 21
Nov. 26 vs. Georgia Tech
It’s the game for the defensive coaches. The Dawgs won’t get much of a week off to prepare with a tougher game than expected against Louisiana-Lafayette the week before, but the linebackers will do their part just enough to get out alive.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 27, Georgia Tech 17
2016 Prediction: 10-2
2016 SEC Prediction: 6-2