Chris Stephens

Dream Early-Season Matchups For Bulldogs

Created on Jul. 07, 2013 10:26 PM EST

The Georgia Bulldogs are out to prove they are national title contenders with an early Top-10 matchup against the Clemson Tigers.

If the game goes Georgia's way, it could propel the Bulldogs into the national title game as long as they win the Southeastern Conference.

Seeing Clemson on the schedule, Georgia fans talk about who else they would like to see the Bulldogs play in the regular season or in a bowl game.

So, which schools would fans get excited about seeing?


The Buckeyes would fill up Sanford Stadium and generate high TV ratings.

Ohio State consistently has been one of the better teams in the Big Ten and would make for an interesting matchup with the Bulldogs.

With former Florida coach Urban Meyer leading the Buckeyes, it would also allow the Bulldogs a chance to improve upon the 5-1 career record Meyer has against them.

Florida, LSU, Alabama and South Carolina all have given the Buckeyes a beatdown. It's time for Georgia to join the party.


This is a personal one for me because I grew up a Michigan fan. You think of all of the history that surrounds the Michigan program and you no doubt have a great matchup.

The current Michigan team is on the rebound after struggling under Rich Rodriguez. A win in the 2012 Sugar Bowl seems to have brought the Wolverines back to the top.

Unlike their hated rivals above, the Wolverines are 12-7 against the SEC all-time, including three-straight losses. The most notable was last year's Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina in which defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made the play of the year with a hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith.


Bob Stoops made headlines earlier in the year when he said that the SEC wasn't as good as the Big 12 top to bottom.

Forget the fact that since 2006, the SEC has a better bowl winning percentage than the Big 12. Or forget the fact that the Sooners are 4-7-1 against the SEC in bowl games.

Oklahoma has been a good program in the Big 12, but when it comes to SEC competition, it's a different story, as evident by its 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last year.

The Sooners would be a quality program for the Bulldogs to play, and would generate a lot of interest nationally.


This one seemed like it could happen, but just hasn't yet.

Florida State is back on the rise and a matchup with the Bulldogs would be great for all involved.

Imagine the recruiting battle that would be going on behind the scenes, especially for the players from South Georgia or North Florida.

The teams have met 11 times. Georgia leads the series 6-4-1. The most recent meeting was in the 2002 Sugar Bowl, which the Bulldogs won 26-13.

These are matchups that would be great to see, but with the SEC perhaps adding a ninth game some time in the near future, the best bet might be in a bowl game.

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