SEC Football: Best and Worst-Case Scenario for Every Team in 2015

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Nov 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Some people have started the term “Georgiaing” to describe an inexplicable, embarrassing loss. The verb gained steam last year with the Bulldogs’ 38-35 loss to South Carolina just one week after dominating a nationally ranked Clemson squad, and later when falling flat on their faces in a 38-20 humiliation at the hands of Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators in Jacksonville.

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The losses cost Georgia a chance to play in the SEC Championship Game, instead allowing a Missouri team that the Dawgs beat 34-0 to play Alabama for the title.

There is a very real concern that Georgia could “Georgia” itself once again in 2015. The odds-on SEC East favorites always have trouble with South Carolina, who come to Athens September 19, two weeks before Alabama.

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  • If the Gamecocks pull off another upset between the hedges, it’s unlikely the Bulldogs will recover to beat Alabama or Tennessee, which would probably put the team out of the race in the East by the middle of October. At that point, Georgia could be 3-3 heading into a coin-flip situation against Missouri. If the Bulldogs lose that game, Mark Richt may either be shown the door or announce his retirement in the subsequent bye week.

    Even if the Bulldogs survive South Carolina and Mizzou, the second half of the schedule is very tricky with Florida in Jacksonville, a bowl-caliber Kentucky team, Auburn on the road, defending Sun Belt champion Georgia Southern, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

    That’s a tough schedule for anyone – especially a program that has a recent knack for coming up short when it matters most.

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