Every season since the introduction of the College Football Playoff, a team from the SEC has made the cut. With their schedule, it might be possible for the Georgia Bulldogs to return to the four-team field once again in 2020.
Although the Dawgs lost their starting quarterback, head coach Kirby Smart and his staff in Athens have been one of the best recruiting programs in the country and brought in an experienced transfer quarterback to help make a playoff push.
The Southeastern Conference is never easy, but luckily the University of Georgia is a part of the SEC East division, making the football season a little more manageable than in the SEC West. However, the Bulldogs still play two of the best programs the other division has to offer next season.
After losing quarterback Jake Fromm to the NFL, Smart and the Dawgs brought in Jamie Newman, a transfer from Wake Forest. They also had a top-three recruiting class in each of the past four seasons, including two first-place finishes.
Georgia’s 2020 Schedule Outlook
The Bulldogs kick off their season on Monday, September 7 against the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This will mark the first time these two teams have played since 2000. UGA has won the last two games against UVA.
After hosting East Tennessee State the following weekend, the Bulldogs have to travel to Tuscaloosa and play the Alabama Crimson Tide. Bama has won the past five games in this matchup, including the 2018 SEC Championship and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game the same season.
Georgia then plays the next three games at home. Louisiana-Monroe is the first. ULM hasn’t played Georgia since 2015 and lost all four games in program history.
The first game against an SEC East opponent comes next when the Vanderbilt Commodores come to Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs have won the last three games against Vandy and 11 of the last 13. They follow that up with the second SEC West opponent, the Auburn Tigers. Georgia has beat Auburn three consecutive times.
The Bulldogs travel to Missouri and play the Tigers for their first SEC East game on the road. They have beat Missouri in eight of the nine game played in the series, including the last five dating back to 2014. Georgia then has a bye week before their biggest division game of the season.
When it comes down to it, the Florida Gators are their biggest competition for the SEC East title. Even though they have beat the Gators in three straight seasons, Florida is improving under head coach Dan Mullen. This game, as always, is being played in Jacksonville and could easily determine who will go to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
The Bulldogs then travel to Columbia, South Carolina to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks accounted for the only loss of Georgia’s 2019 regular season, beating them 20-17 in Athens. They follow that up with the final home conference game of the season, hosting the Tennessee Volunteers.
The final SEC game of the year comes on the road in Lexington when the Dawgs play the Kentucky Wildcats. They will be playing for a 11th-straight win over Kentucky and possibly locking up the SEC East crown.
The Bulldogs close out their 2020 regular season at home against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. At this point, they will likely know whether they will travel to Atlanta or not.
Last year, Georgia lost to LSU in the SEC Championship. The Tigers went on to the College Football Playoff and beat the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship. With Joe Burrow gone, the SEC West is more open with Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas trying to make it to the conference championship.
2020 Georgia Football Schedule
Sept. 7: (Monday): vs. Virginia (Atlanta, Ga.)
Sept. 12: EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 19: at Alabama*
Sept. 26: UL-MONROE
Oct. 3: VANDERBILT*
Oct. 10: AUBURN*
Oct. 17: at Missouri*
Oct. 31: Neutral site vs. Florida* (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Nov. 7: at South Carolina*
Nov. 14: TENNESSEE*
Nov. 21: at Kentucky*
Nov. 28: GEORGIA TECH
* — Denotes SEC game
ALL CAPS — Denotes home game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
This article was originally published April 14, 2020.