Georgia Football: 5 SEC Teams That Will Give the Dawgs Trouble in 2013
The 2013 Georgia Bulldogs will be a top contender for the SEC title and the national title because of Aaron Murray making his return for his senior season.
Because of the move by Murray, the Bulldogs will have almost everyone returning on offense, which broke various records in 2012.
That said, the schedule will be a little tougher for the Bulldogs and there will be some obstacles that will get in their way of winning a third consecutive SEC East title.
Here are five SEC teams that will give the Bulldogs trouble in 2013.
No. 5: Auburn Tigers
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The 2012 Auburn Tigers did not scare anybody.
However, with Gus Malzahn returning to the Plains as the new head coach, the 2013 team will be much improved.
This is not to say that the Tigers will take down the Bulldogs, because they have a lot of work to do in order to get back where they were in 2010.
But when the Bulldogs do face the Tigers late in the season, expect a much closer game than the 38-0 drubbing from the Bulldogs back in November.
No. 4: Vanderbilt Commodores
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Despite the Bulldogs defeating Vanderbilt 48-3 earlier in the season, the Commodores won eight of their last nine games and won nine games for the first time in nearly 100 years.
James Franklin will be missing some key players next season including Zac Stacy and Jordan Rodgers, but Franklin has a very solid recruiting class coming in that should help the program keep building to become a power in the SEC.
No. 3: Florida Gators
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No matter how good or bad both Florida and Georgia are each year, this game will always be intense.
Georgia defeated the Florida 17-9, but the Gators still finished with a 11-2 mark and No. 9 in the AP Poll.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel will return for his junior year and the defense for the Gators should be stout once again.
So the Georgia-Florida game in 2013 should be another tightly contested ballgame which will come down to the wire.
No. 2: South Carolina Gamecocks
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This is a team that has given the Bulldogs trouble the last three years.
It's not so much because of Steve Spurrier, but the talent level for the Gamecocks has risen to the point where they can compete with the Bulldogs year in and year out.
The Gamecocks will be with out Marcus Lattimore who is moving on to the NFL, but players like Connor Shaw and Jadeveon Clowney, who was named AT&T All-America Player of the Year, will be back and try to not only beat the Bulldogs for the fourth consecutive season, they will look to win the SEC East for the first time since 2010.
No. 1: LSU Tigers
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On Sept. 28 Sanford Stadium will be rocking because the LSU Tigers come to town.
LSU had a disappointing 2012 season by its standards and will look to get a big SEC win early in the season to springboard it to a SEC West title.
The last time the Bulldogs played the Tigers was in the 2011 SEC title game and lost big, 42-10.
This will be a huge test for the Bulldogs because they will see where they stand as a program as well as set the tone for the rest of the year.