The Georgia Bulldogs had a terrific season in 2012, finishing 12-2 (7-1 SEC) and winning the Capital One Bowl against Big 10 heavyweight Nebraska 45-31.
Of course, everyone looks to the Bulldogs this season as the Defending SEC runners-up and the choke artists of the conference. The way they played in the SEC Championship game was pitiful to say the least.
Quarterback Aaron Murray went a mere 18-for-33 with 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The stats aren't that bad, but, who can't recall the last play of the game for the Dawgs? Murray throws a controversial short pass in traffic, needing only 5 yards to score the game-winning touchdown, and the Dawgs fell just 2 yards short of being crowned the SEC Champions and possibly ruining Alabama's chances of going to the National Championship.
Alas, this hope fell short in the hands of a young quarterback, whom some say may fall under the 'inexperienced' category. Who else can forget how Georgia has made it to the SEC Championship game the last two years and has lost both times to a team that ended up going to the big dance? LSU smoked the Bulldogs the previous year in the title game and we all witnessed what went down in the title game last year.
The Bulldogs look to try to make this hope of winning the SEC Championship after two straight years of falling short in that very game. This year, the Bulldogs open up against the defending ACC runners-up, Clemson, in an exciting game in Clemson, SC.
The Bulldogs then bring their talents home to Athens to face SEC foe and border battle with the Univerity of South Carolina. Both of these first two contests seem to push the Bulldogs to their peak and have extreme expectations from this squad. UGA fell to USC last year in a mid-season meeting in South Carolina 35-7. They look to rebound this season and jump into an early SEC East division lead with a W against the Gamecocks. Keep in mind though, the Bulldogs haven't won a game against their border foes since 2009.
After the two opening games, which may push some fans to determine the fate of the season due to their iminent results, the Bulldogs face North Texas and a tough LSU team. The North Texas game is considered a Win-Win situation as the Bulldogs should trounce the Mean Green.
On the other hand, the Tigers of LSU should host a whole slew of threats in a highly anticipated SEC matchup. The Bulldogs then have a nice road trip to Tennessee then have a home game against the Tigers of Missouri. In their second season in the SEC, Missouri should be a good game for the Bulldogs and may hopefully get them poised to finish off the season strong after what appears to be an iminent rough start. Following the home game against Mizzou, they travel to Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores.
To finish off the season, the final strong SEC matchup for the Bulldogs will be a home game against the Gators of Florida. Don't underestimate the Gators as they nearly upset the Dawgs last year and are looking for a little revenge for that loss.
They then have somewhat of an R&R game against Appalachain State at home then jump back onto the SEC ship and head to Auburn for a good game in AL.
The Bulldogs' final regular season SEC contest will come as a home game versus Kentucky. A good schedule is only made better, and tougher for that matter, with some good ole fashioned clean hate against their in-state rivals, the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. The two teams will play to possibly establish themselves as a contender for their respective conference championship games or a bigger bwol game for that matter.
All in all, this season seems it will be a tough test for Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley and the Georgia Bulldogs. Who knows what the Dawgs can bring to the table in 2013, but one true Bulldogs fan can only hope that they can escape this season, victorious in at least 8 or 9 games and have a decent chance of returning to the SEC Championship game for a third straight year.
Only the Football Gods know though, so all we Bulldog fans can do is sit back, enjoy a fresh one and yell "GO DAWGS!"