Will Georgia contend for the SEC East in the Bulldogs’ first season under new coach Kirby Smart?
That’s the question everyone seems to want answered. The SEC Network tried to shine some light on the possibilities when it approached predicting the outcome for Georgia’s upcoming season on Wednesday evening as a part of its preseason prediction series for all 14 SEC football teams.
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and former LSU defensive lineman Marcus Spears were the SEC Network analysts charged with sifting through the Bulldogs schedule game-by-game. The duo decided that Georgia would win an early-season meeting with the Tar Heels, as well as the end of season rivalry game with Georgia Tech for a perfect 4-0 non-conference mark. They also projected a three-game winning streak to open the season and a five-game winning streak to close it.
However, they also picked the Bulldogs to drop three conference games, including head-to-head meetings with SEC East rivals Tennessee and Florida. So, while the 9-3 regular season prediction is nice, it appears as though McElroy and Spears believe Georgia will be sitting at home during SEC championship week in December.
Here’s a look at their game-by-game breakdown:
Overall Record: 9-3 (5-3, SEC)
Sept. 3 vs. North Carolina (Atlanta)– Win
Sept. 10 vs. Nicholls State– Win
Sept. 17 at Missouri– Win
Sept. 24 at Ole Miss– Loss
Oct. 1 vs. Tennessee– Loss
Oct. 8 at South Carolina– Win
Oct. 15 vs. Vanderbilt:– Win
Oct. 29 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)– Loss
Nov. 5 at Kentucky– Win
Nov. 12 vs. Auburn– Win
Nov. 19 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette– Win
Nov. 26 vs. Georgia Tech– Win
How 'Bout Them Dogs!
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 24, 2016