3 takeaways too early for next season’s program

ATHENS – It is never too early to start looking forward to next season. While Georgia is very focused on the task ahead in the 2022 season, on Tuesday we learned the entire 2023 schedule list.

The SEC has revealed Georgia’s schedule dates for 2023, with non-congressional games already known entities.

Related: Georgia Football 2023 match schedule, dates and venues announced

Georgia Football 2023 calendar, dates, matches

  • September 2: vs. UT-Martin, Athens, Georgia,
  • September 9: vs. Ball State, Athens, Georgia,
  • September 16: vs. South Carolina, Athens, Georgia.
  • September 23: vs. UAB, Athens, Georgia,
  • September 30: @ Auburn, Auburn, Ala.
  • October 7: vs. Kentucky, Athens, Ga.
  • Oct 14: @ Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • October 21: Off
  • October 28: vs. Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • nov. 4: vs. Missouri, Athens, Georgia,
  • nov. 11: vs. Ole Miss, Athens, Ga.
  • nov. 18: @ Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • nov. 25: vs. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia.

“We’re not out there just preparing for Kent State, we’re preparing for the whole schedule we have,” Georgia manager Kirby Smart said Tuesday night. “We want to improve our players. We are trying to improve the guys for next year’s first game, because we have some guys who may not play this year. So we’re in the development business and we do it really hard. “

Given the nature of college football, we know things are going to look different this time around next year. Stetson Bennett will not be Georgia’s starting quarterback. Nolan Smith will not be the vocal leader in this defense. The names and faces will change, but there are still some things we already know about how the 2023 program for Georgia is shaped.

Oklahoma’s cancellation pricks the non-conference list

The good news for September: Georgia get four home games to kick off the 2022 season. That means anyone replacing Stetson Bennett won’t have to venture outside the friendly confines of Sanford Stadium until the fifth start of their career.

The bad news is that the non-conference list – which is what is made up for most of the opening month – is incredibly weak. Originally, Georgia was supposed to visit Norman, Okla., On September 2nd. 9 to face the Sooners. That game was replaced by Ball State, due to the eventual arrival of the Sooners in the SEC. It won’t arrive later than 2025, which is why the series as a whole has been scrapped.

With the Sooners no longer on the schedule, next season’s non-SEC Georgia matches will come against UT-Martin, Ball State, UAB and Georgia Tech. You won’t learn much about how good the Georgia team of 2023 are in those four games.

While some may still crave the cold fall days when Georgia and Auburn met in mid-November, it looks like this series will continue to be positioned more and more prominently on Georgia’s schedule.

An ungrateful November

Much like the 2022 schedule, Georgia’s toughest stretch comes in November. The Bulldogs are hosting Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin on Nov. 11 and soon after with a road trip to Knoxville, Tenn.

The Ole Miss match is easily the most interesting match scheduled in Georgia for next season, as the Rebels are one of only two SEC programs that Smart has yet to beat in his time in Georgia, with LSU being the other. There’s also the story between Smart and Kiffin, as the two worked together in Alabama. Kiffin hasn’t been afraid to tuck in Smart from time to time, so it’ll be interesting to see how the two interact in game setup.

As for traveling to Tennessee, you can already see it now. At next year’s SEC media days, pundits and analysts will abandon themselves to choose Tennessee to rock Georgia at the end of the season. Just like some did with South Carolina earlier this season, along with Kentucky and Tennessee once again.

The game against the Volunteers, however, could be a game that decides the winner of the SEC East, as has occasionally happened when Georgia and Kentucky have met in recent years. Currently the Volunteers are the n. 11th ranked team in the country.

One note with the schedule is that Georgia’s last home game next season will be against Ole Miss, as the Bulldogs end the season with consecutive away games. The Bulldogs will travel to Georgia Tech on the final weekend of the regular season. Georgia, however, made Bobby Dodd Stadium a second home, as the Bulldogs have not lost to Georgia Tech in Atlanta since the 1999 season.

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