ESPN Ranks Georgia's Schedule As One Of The Most Difficult In The Nation

Nov 12, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) passes against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Ranks Georgia's Schedule As One Of The Most Difficult In The Nation

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ESPN Ranks Georgia's Schedule As One Of The Most Difficult In The Nation

ESPN Ranks Georgia’s Schedule As One Of The Most Difficult In The Nation


Georgia is the media’s pick to represent the East in the SEC Championship, but the Dawgs will have a difficult schedule to navigate in 2017 in order to make it to Atlanta.


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Coming off an 8-5 record in 2016 with a freshman quarterback and a first-year head coach, expectations for the Georgia Bulldogs remain high this season.

One obstacle will be the nation’s second toughest schedule, as determined by ESPN. Using the network’s Football Power Index, which is a measure of team strength projected over thousands of simulations, the Dawgs’ 2017 schedule ranks only behind the California Golden Bears.

Georgia opens the season against the defending Sun Belt champions, Appalachian State, and has difficult non-conference road games at Notre Dame and traditional rival Georgia Tech.

SEC road games at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn, and the annual Cocktail Party with Florida add to the the difficulty of the schedule. Toss in home conference games with an improved Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky, and it’s easy to see how ESPN came to their conclusion.

 

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