Since taking over as head coach of the University of Georgia in 2001, Mark Richt has the Bulldogs back among the elite not only in the always ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference, but in the nation as well.

As the Bulldogs prepare for their season opener at Clemson, the Bulldogs enter the season ranked among the top five in the Associated Press preseason poll, and have received one vote as the nation's top team.

After all, the Bulldogs return Aaron Murray, one of the nation's top quarterbacks, as well as in the SEC.

With two straight   double-digit win seasons, Georgia fans are wondering can they make it three in a row. If so, it would be like it was back in the early 1980's when a running back named Walker was running the ball for the red and black.

So without further analysis, here is a game-by-game prediction of how the Georgia Football team will fare in 2013.


Game One: Aug. 31--at Clemson


In a renweal of one of the classic football rivalries in the South, the Bulldogs and Tigers will battle for regional bragging rights. Both teams come into the season with double digit wins, including victories in their bowl games.

There have been some tight games between these two through the years, including a 31-28 win by Clemson in 1986 at Georgia. That's when Clemson placekicker David Treadwell drilled a game-winning field goal as time expired.

PREDICTION: Georgia 35, Clemson 24


Game Two: September 7, South Carolina

The Bulldogs return home to host "The Head Ball Coach" Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Last year, the Gamecocks drilled Georgia 35-7 at Columbia as JaDaveon Clowney and his defensive teammates had their way against the 'Dogs.

The last time these two teams met in Athens, S.C. won only 45-42.

PREDICTION: Georgia 31, South Carolina 24


Game Three: Sept. 21, North Texas State

After an open date, the Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of "Between the Hedges" as they host the "Mean Green" of North Texas. Dan McCarney, is in his third year of rebuilding the program, which has enjoyed some past success.  North Texas is the alma mater of former Pittsburgh Steeler defensive stalwart "Mean Joe" Greene.

North Texas could probably use many defenders of his caliber if they wish to come out of Athens with a "W."

PREDICTION: Georgia 42, North Texas 10


Game Four: Sept. 28, LSU

The last time these two met, it was for all the marbles in the SEC Championship game in 2011. LSU came out on top in that one, but the Tigers are lacking key players on the defensive side.

PREDICTION: Georgia 28, LSU 16


Game Five: Oct. 5, At Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers are in rebuilding mode again as Butch Jones is the new leader in Big Orange land. Last year's contest resembled a cross between a track meet and a basketball game as Georgia won 51-44.

It probably won't be that close as Tennessee doesn't have the offensive arsenal they had last year as QB Tyler Bray has graduated.

PREDICTION: Georgia 35, Tennessee 17


Game Six: Oct. 12 at Missouri

Last season, Georgia didn't give SEC newcomer Missouri a warm welcome into the vaunted conference. In fact, Georgia took the Tigers to the woodshed with a 41-20 win.

PREDICTION:  Georgia 42, Missouri 14


Game Seven: At Vanderbilt

Although Vanderbilt finished 2012 with a 9-4 record, one of the four losses was a 48-3 shelling by the Bulldogs.Historically, this has been a competitive series at times, with the Commodores coming away with an occasional upset.

PREDICTION: Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 15


Game Eight: November 2, Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Last season, Georgia handed the Gators its only loss of the regular season in a 17-9 defensive-like struggle in Jacksonville.

Much like the series with Clemson, this is another classic rival game that has produced some exciting moments, such as Georgia's 26-21 win in 1980 that propelled them to the National Championship.

PREDICTION: Georgia 24, Florida 14


Game Nine: Nov. 9, Applachian State

The Mountaineers of Boone, N.C., come to Athens with a new but familiar face walking the sidelines. Scott Satterfield, who quarterbacked the Mountaineers from 1991-95, and was an assistant coach at Appalachian St. for two different stints, including last season, is the new head coach. He replaces Jerry Moore.

College football fans remember in 2007 when ASU went to Michigan, and came away with a 32-31 win. So they won't go down without a fight.

PREDICTION: Georgia 45, Appalachian State 14


Game Ten: Nov. 16, At Auburn

Last season, Georgia put the spank-down on the Tigers 38-0. But there's a new leader in the loveliest village on the plains as former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn returns to the program, repalcing Gene Chizik as head coach. Malzahn tutored Cam Newton during the Tigers' 2010 magical run to the national title.

But Newton is no longer a Tiger.

PREDICTION: Georgia 31, Auburn 17


Game Eleven: Nov. 23, Kentucky

Kentucky, like Auburn, also has a new head coach. Former Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, takes over in Big Blue Nation.

Defense is his M.O., but he is trying to get some offense juice flowing as well. LAst season, the Bulldogs won 29-24. The Wildcats have a penchant of giving Georgia fits.

PREDICTION: Georgia 35, Kentucky 18


Game 12: Nov. 30, at Georgia Tech

The Bulldogs travel to venerable Grant Field/Bobby Dodd Stadium for the annual intra-state rival in which Georgia has regained an upper hand of late. Last season, Georgia came away with a 42-10 win.

PREDICTION: Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 17


There you have it, Georgia will end the season undefeated, and will go back to Atlanta for the SEC title game, and will beat Alabama for the right to play Ohio State in the BCS national championship game, and will come away with another national title for the SEC.