The Hurdles UGA Will Face to End the Season at No. 1

Rett ThompsonContributor IAugust 22, 2008

8/30Georgia SouthernWith lots of players suspended, this is still only a good excuse for Georgia fans to remember what football season feels like.
9/06Central MichiganStill many out on suspension is not a real test. Central Michigan is a decent team with what I'm sure will be a great passing attack, but not against an SEC defense. 
9/13South CarolinaWilliams-Brice Stadium is one of the most underrated places to play in the country. This will be the first test Georgia will face as No. 1 going into a VERY hostile environment. Steve Spurrier will have his team ready to go but will not be enough against Georgia just yet.
9/20@ No. 15 Arizona StateBack-to-back tests. Georgia will have to face the best passing team it will all year. Georgia is not used to playing Pac-10 offenses, but then again Arizona State will buckle against an SEC defense. A team that needs a LOT of points to win but has been unsuccessful against the only great defense they have faced (USC) in recent years.
9/27No. 24 AlabamaFinally, a home game to dwell on. Alabama is staying out of the conversation of the SEC this year but with Saban having time under his belt here, look for them to really contend in the SEC West this year. The only thing is, the West is definitely weak in comparison to the East this year, don't look for this to be the thriller last year's game was.
10/11No. 18 Tennessee

REVENGE. It's a word you don't use often in college football, but it's got to be on Georgia's mind. The team that made Georgia look bad early in the year and actually woke them up. Look for Mark Richt and friends to take it out on the rebuilding Tennessee Vols this year.

10/18VanderbiltA third straight home game and a much needed "break" before the schedule gets REALLY tough.
10/25@ No. 7 LSUI've said it before and I'll say it again. LSU is well overrated this year. I look for them to finish no better than second in the west after losing Glen Dorsey, Matt Flynn, and Ryan Perrilloux on a team that started to struggle late in the season (as most people have forgotten). This is STILL a tough game, as Death Valley is one of the hardest places in the country to play. Florida will lurk in the back of Georgia's minds. Look for this to be a thriller to the end.
11/01No. 5 FloridaI'm not even going to try to predict this game except to say it will be the best regular season match-up of the year. Stud loaded with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin Florida against Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno at Georgia. As fun as the USC vs. Ohio State game will be to watch, this party formerly known as a cocktail party will be one for the ages. This could be the first time ever they are both undefeated when they play. This rivalry cooks up one heck of a recipe.
11/08KentuckyLuckily for Georgia, Kentucky is rebuilding and back to the UK of old. This is still an SEC match-up and if Georgia would sleep at any point, this would be the game they would do it in. If they are high off of a Florida win, banged up and exhausted, they could look ahead to Auburn. Georgia should handle business, but I could see a sloppy one here.
11/15@ No. 10 AuburnWith the back tandem of Tate and Lester, this could be interesting to watch. The away team has had the edge in this match-up in recent years. Look for another exciting game here and don't look for either division to be clinched early, so in theory BOTH teams could be looking for an SEC championship berth as a result of this game. 
11/29Georgia Tech

Tech is not a huge competitor this year. If Georgia makes it this far along the path, they will play for the SEC championship in a rematch against Alabama. Do you think Richt will try to black out the dome?