published Sunday, August 26th, 2012

UGA: 2012 schedule

Sanford Stadium
Sanford Stadium

Sept. 1 Buffalo

12:21 at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: SEC Network/107.9 FM

History: First meeting

Opponent’s platform: The Bulls won the Mid-American Conference title in 2008 with an upset of undefeated Ball State but lost the International Bowl to Connecticut. It’s been downhill since, as Buffalo went 5-7 in Turner Gill’s final season and 5-19 the last two years under Jeff Quinn. The bright spot is returning junior tailback Brandon Oliver, whose 1,395 rushing yards last season ranked 14th nationally.


Sept. 8 Missouri

7:45 at Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.

TV/Radio: ESPN2/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 1-0

Opponent’s platform: The Tigers will be sky-high in their first game as an SEC member against an SEC foe. James Franklin is among the nation’s best dual-threat quarterbacks, having thrown for 2,865 yards and rushed for 981 last season, and Missouri has the nation’s most heralded freshman, 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The biggest area for concern with the Tigers is at defensive tackle.


Sept. 15 Florida Atlantic

7:30 at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: CSS/107.9 FM

History: First meeting

Opponent’s platform: The Owls are not shy about facing anyone, opening last season’s 1-11 campaign with losses at Florida, Michigan State and Auburn by a combined 115-17. Florida Atlantic got its lone win in the 11th game at the expense of UAB, who was coached by former Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway. After playing in Athens, the Owls go to Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.


Sept. 22 Vanderbilt

TBA at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 52-18-2

Opponent’s platform: Last year’s meeting ended with a heated on-field exchange between Commodores coach James Franklin and Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, so that is certain to be a pregame storyline. Vanderbilt’s offense returns nine starters, including quarterback Jordan Rodgers and tailback Zac Stacy, while seven defensive starters are headed by tackle Rob Lohn and cornerback Trey Wilson.


Sept. 29 Tennessee

TBA at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Tennessee leads 21-18-2

Opponent’s platform: The Volunteers have not been impressive offensively in their two meetings against Georgia in the Derek Dooley era. Quarterback Tyler Bray and receivers Justin Hunter, Da’Rick Rogers and Cordarelle Patterson should pose problems for a lot of teams, but the player most effective against Georgia last year was tight end Mychal Rivera. In Georgia’s 41-14 win two years ago, UT rushed for 9 yards.


Oct. 6 South Carolina

TBA at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 46-16-2

Opponent’s platform: Would a third straight win by the Gamecocks in this series qualify Steve Spurrier as owning the Bulldogs at two different SEC schools? The Bulldogs must contain tailback Marcus Lattimore, who torched them for 182 yards as a freshman and 176 as a sophomore. Another force to reckon with is defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who as a freshman last year caused a fumble that sealed the outcome.


Oct. 20 Kentucky

TBA at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 51-12-2

Opponent’s platform: Coach Joker Phillips expressed optimism over the Wildcats finishing last season with a 2-2 record, but those wins came over teams (Ole Miss and Tennessee) that went 1-15 in league play. Kentucky returns quarterback Morgan Newton and some experience up front, but the defense will be hard-pressed to avoid a slide following the departures of linebacker Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy.


Oct. 27 Florida

3:30 at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV/Radio: CBS/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 48-40-2

Opponent’s platform: Georgia has not won two straight in this series since 1988-89, and Mark Richt’s Bulldogs enter this season on paper with the more complete team. The Gators should be stout defensively, and end Ronald Powell could be back from an ACL injury by this game, but there are questions at quarterback, tailback and receiver after all three areas were problematic last year during a subpar 7-6 finish.


Nov. 3 Ole Miss

TBA at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 31-12-1

Opponent’s platform: The Rebels had two newcomers make their mark in last year’s 27-13 loss to Georgia, with Donte Moncrief catching a 38-yard touchdown and Nickolas Brassell returning a punt 81 yards for a score. Brassell, however, is no longer around after being ruled academically ineligible in the spring. Ole Miss is low on talent and plays four teams (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and LSU) in the preseason top 10.


Nov. 10 Auburn

TBA at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Auburn leads 54-53-8

Opponent’s platform: Georgia’s 5-1 record in this series since 2006 its best since the 1940s, and the Bulldogs can square the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry with a win this year. The Bulldogs routed Auburn 45-7 last year and would be a solid favorite right now, as the Tigers are in a lot of transition with new coordinators Scot Loeffler and Brian VanGorder, who coached under Richt in Athens during the 20 seasons.


Nov. 17 Georgia Southern

TBA at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 4-0

Opponent’s platform: The last time Georgia hosted this matchup was the 2008 opener, when the Bulldogs entered No. 1 and won 45-21, which was not impressive enough as they were passed by Southern Cal in the polls. The Eagles played Alabama to the same score last year, and their option offense had a lot of success against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense, amassing 302 rushing yards and 7.7 yards a carry.


Nov. 24 Georgia Tech

TBA at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/107.9 FM

History: Georgia leads 62-37-5

Opponent’s platform: Richt has a 10-1 record against the Yellow Jackets, who stunned the favored Bulldogs in 2008 but have lost by six, eight and 14 in the three meetings since. Paul Johnson has gone from an ACC title coach in ’09 to someone who could use a big season, but winning this year’s state title will be a challenge considering Grantham’s defense showed improvement last year against the triple-option.

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