Sept. 1: Oklahoma State, Sanford Stadium, 6:45 p.m.
With serious talent at the skill positions, Oklahoma State brings a high-scoring offense Georgia’s inexperienced defense might not want to face in the first game.
Sept. 8: South Carolina, Sanford Stadium, 5:45 p.m.
It’s an occasion anytime Steve Spurrier brings his team to town. Georgia owns the series with the Gamecocks, but Spurrier believes his team is poised to contend for the SEC East title.
Sept. 15: Western Carolina, Sanford Stadium, TBA
After a tough pair of games to start out, the Bulldogs can jump out early against a lowly Division I-AA school. This will provide a freshman’s best opportunity to play.
Sept. 22: Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 3:30 p.m.
This will be one of the first big home games in Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama. Richt was 1-2 against Saban when he was at LSU, but both losses came in the Tigers’ 2003 national title season.
Sept. 29, Ole Miss, Sanford Stadium, TBA
As bad as Ole Miss was last year, it took Georgia into the final minutes in Oxford. But Georgia has won seven straight in the series and figures to add to that streak this year.
Oct. 6, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 3:30 p.m.
The Volunteers scored the second-most points, 51, that a visitor has ever scored in a blowout win last year. Richt is 3-0 in Knoxville, however, and 4-2 overall against the Vols.
Oct. 13, Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., TBA
A last-minute Vandy field goal gave the Commodores a shocking win last year, ending an 11-game Georgia win streak. Count on the Bulldogs starting a new one in Nashville.
Oct. 27, Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., 3:30 p.m.
Florida has unquestionably owned this series for going on two decades, but it’s typically a highly watchable game. The last five have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Nov. 3, Troy, Sanford Stadium, TBA
Troy’s not a bad program, but this game is sandwiched between two of the Bulldogs’ biggest games of the year. It’ll be hard to get too excited about this one.
Nov. 10, Auburn, Sanford Stadium, TBA
Continuing the odd twist where road teams win in this series, Auburn is 3-1 in Athens under Tommy Tuberville. After last year’s embarrassing loss to the Bulldogs, you know the Tigers can’t wait for revenge.
Nov. 17, Kentucky, Sanford Stadium, TBA
One of the enduring images of Georgia’s midseason lull was of Kentucky fans tearing down the goalposts after a surprising win over the Bulldogs. The Wildcats are dangerous, but won’t make it two straight.
Nov. 24, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga., TBA
The Yellow Jackets have come close to wins in each of the last three years, but Georgia’s win streak in the series stands at six. Could this be the year Tech finally breaks through?