There is a little more than two-and-a-half months left before the Georgia Bulldogs kick off the 2013 season. That means that the previews are starting hit newsstands, and Vegas is starting to set its predictions on who will be favorites to win it all.
One thing that has to be set for the Bulldogs is the over/under win total for the 2013 season. Based on what the Bulldogs did last two years and who they have coming back, 10 would be the most likely over/under win total.
But can the Bulldogs really win 10 games for the third straight season? It will be more of a challenge because the Bulldogs start the season at Clemson. After that, they will come home for their next three games, but two of those games are against South Carolina and LSU.
The Bulldogs have to win three of their first four games in order to reach the 10-win total as well as stay in the national title race. But even if they get past the first four games of their schedule unscathed, they will have to travel to Tennessee to start the month of October and then to Vanderbilt with a home game against Missouri sandwiched in.
The Bulldogs will have another tough battle on their hands when they face Florida to start November. They will have a breather the following week when they face Appalachian State. Two of the Bulldogs' last three games will be on the road as they travel to Auburn on November 16 and the Georgia Tech on November 30. The Bulldogs' final home game will be on November 23 against Kentucky.
So breaking it down, the Bulldogs should win four of their five games in November and all three games in October.
As tough as the LSU game will be, the Bulldogs should be able to win that game as well as the South Carolina game. The two games that are tossups are the Clemson game and the annual contest against the Gators.
In my latest game-by-game predictions for the Bulldogs, I said they would go 10-2 with the losses coming against Clemson and Florida. So it’s a fair assessment to say the Bulldogs should have a 10 over/under win total. They have nearly all their starters returning on offense, and the inexperienced defense should be able to do just enough to bend and not break.
But that is just my opinion. What do you guys think?