Georgia Football: Ranking the Dawgs' 2011 Opponents

Ross DurrenceCorrespondent IIJuly 20, 2011

Georgia Football: Ranking the Dawgs' 2011 Opponents

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    Fresh off a 6-7 season, the Dawgs will need to turn things around to save Mark Richt's job.

    One of the things UGA has going for them this year is the schedule. 

    Playing eight games in the state of Georgia, and avoiding SEC West juggernauts Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU, this could be the year the Dawgs make a deep SEC run.

    Let's look at the 12 teams Georgia plays, ranked worst to best.

12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

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    After opening up with Boise State and South Carolina, the Dawgs will welcome a match up against Coastal Carolina.

    Look for Aaron Murray and most of the Dawgs' starters to get at least the fourth quarter off in this rout.

11. New Mexico State Aggies

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    Like Coastal Carolina, New Mexico State doesn't stand a chance in Athens.

    The only question about this game is whether any Georgia records will be broken when they throttle the Aggies.

10. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Things could get ugly when the Dawgs travel to Nashville to take on the Commodores of Vanderbilt.

    Vandy just doesn't have the answers offensively or defensively to contain the Dawgs.

9. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Coming off a horrid 4-8 season, Ole Miss looks to continue its struggles in 2011.

    With questions at quarterback and defensive line, the Rebels will be lucky to creep out of the cellar of the stacked SEC West.

    The Dawgs will triumph in Oxford.

8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    The loss of Joshua Nesbitt will be too much for Georgia Tech to overcome this year.

    Couple that with the Dawgs beefed-up defensive line, and it could be a long day when Georgia comes to Historic Grant Field.

7. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Tennessee has been picked as a dark horse for the SEC East race, but there are simply too many question marks for the Vols to overcome.

    Derek Dooley has them moving in the right direction, but they'll struggle to finish any higher than fourth in the East.

6. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Like Derek Dooley, Joker Phillips has his team on the rise.

    While Kentucky may lack some big-time playmakers, look for them to upset some teams in the SEC.

    The Cats will likely finish fourth in the East, and with a couple sneaky wins, could easily finish in the top three.

5. Auburn Tigers

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    The loss of Cam Newton will be tough to overcome for Auburn.

    Gus Malzahn will have to get creative to score points for the Tigers.

    They'll have to rely on standout tailback Michael Dyer, and will likely finish fourth in the SEC West.

4. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Dan Mullen has made huge strides in his short time in Starkville.

    The Bulldogs will compete for a top-three spot in the competitive SEC West and could surprise Georgia, if the Dawgs aren't mentally prepared.

3. Florida Gators

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    The Cocktail Party is always a heated affair, and the Gators could make a big splash in Will Muschamp's first year at the helm.

    Look for the Gators to challenge for the SEC East title.

2. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    South Carolina is the front-runner for the SEC East championship, and Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore headline a talented Gamecocks squad.

    Likely to begin the season in the top-10, the Dawgs will have their hands full when they take on Carolina at home.

    The winner of this game will have the inside track to the SEC East title.

1. Boise State Broncos

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    Boise State could begin the year ranked in the top 5, and are looking for another BCS-worthy season.

    Kellen Moore is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and his fearless leadership will lead the Broncos to another great season.

    Circle Sept. 3 on your calendar.