The 2014 Georgia Bulldogs will look to rebound from a season full of injuries in 2013. The Bulldogs entered the 2013 season ranked number five in the preseason and had hopes of competing for another SEC title. The Bulldogs came up six yards short of beating Alabama in the 2012 SEC title game and having a shot at playing Notre Dame in the 2012 national championship game.
The Bulldogs were hoping to take the next step following that heartbreaking loss and make a run at a national title in 2013. The 2013 season for Georgia however seemed to end before it even got started after losing their opening game to Clemson. The Bulldogs suffered injuries to key receivers in their first game and they never were able to rebound the rest of the season.
The 2014 Georgia Bulldogs will look to stay healthy first of all and then make a run at another SEC Championship Game appearance. The SEC East division appears to be a two horse race this year between the Bulldogs and rival South Carolina. These two teams meet the third week of the season in Columbia, South Carolina.
The key to the Bulldogs in 2014 will certainly be their two headed monster at running back. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall were two of the top running backs entering the season last year, but like most of the Bulldogs’ players suffered injuries that drastically minimized their production. This year if these two stay healthy they easily could combine for over 2,000 yards rushing.
The key loss for Georgia in 2014 will be star quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play for the Bulldogs and his production will be missed. He also saw his share of injuries last year, but still passed for over 3,000 yards despite those injuries.
The injury to Murray at the end of the season allowed backup Hutson Mason to get some valuable reps that will pay off at the beginning of this coming season. Mason attempted 110 passes last year and completed 61 percent of those passes. The experience will pay off as the Bulldogs open their season with the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks.
The 2014 schedule for the Bulldogs is tough as it usually is because of their ability to schedule tough non conference games early on and play in the SEC. Here is how I see the Georgia Bulldogs doing this coming 2014 season.
Clemson Tigers @ Georgia Bulldogs- Georgia Bulldogs win 34-27
Georgia Bulldogs @ South Carolina Gamecocks- South Carolina Gamecocks win 30-24
Troy Trojans @ Georgia Bulldogs- Georgia Bulldogs win 38-21
Tennessee Volunteers @ Georgia Bulldogs-Georgia Bulldogs win 24-17
Vanderbilt Commodores @ Georgia Bulldogs-Georgia Bulldogs win 31-13
Georgia Bulldogs @ Missouri Tigers-Georgia Bulldogs win 34-30
Georgia Bulldogs @ Arkansas Razorbacks-Georgia Bulldogs win 28-23
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators- Georgia Bulldogs win 27-23
Georgia Bulldogs @ Kentucky Wildcats- Georgia Bulldogs win 34-20
Auburn Tigers @ Georgia Bulldogs- Auburn Tigers win 31-28
Charleston Southern Buccaneers @ Georgia Bulldogs- Georgia Bulldogs win 38-24
Georgia Tech @ Georgia Bulldogs- Georgia Bulldogs win 37-20
So, after reviewing the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs’ schedule we have them finishing at 10-2. I believe the home field advantage will be the difference against the Gamecocks in week three. The second loss for the Bulldogs I believe comes at the hands of last year’s SEC champions Auburn Tigers. The Tigers’ offense could be even better in 2014 and will be difficult for a first year starter, in Mason of Georgia, to keep up.
The 2014 season for Georgia will be interesting as they start life after Murray. The Bulldogs’ running game will have to keep this team on track if they have any hopes of winning the SEC title, or even the SEC East division for that matter.
The schedule gives the Bulldogs an opportunity to compete if they can start the season off 2-0 by beating Clemson and South Carolina. It will be a challenge with a first year starter, but if the defense and running game take the pressure off of Mason he can succeed.
The 2014 season is almost here for the Georgia Bulldogs and with it come some lofty expectations. The injury bug must stay away and the success is sure to follow for these 2014 Georgia Bulldogs.