2012 Schedule - Changes Noted

ATHENS – Georgia has released its 2012 football schedule, and it contains several changes from the Dawgs' usual slate of the last 15 years.

The Bulldogs will open the year hosting Buffalo on September 1st. This date was originally scheduled to be an away trip to Louisville, but that changed when the Bulldogs agreed to play Boise State in the Georgia Dome this year – thus voiding the contract with the Cardinals.

Georgia travels to South Carolina the traditional second week of the season. The Bulldogs have played the Gamecocks as their second game of the season all but two years since 1996 (2003, 2008).

Florida Atlantic visits for a payout game on September 15, 2012.

Then the schedule gets quirky. Vanderbilt is slated to come to Athens on September 22, 2012. Vandy has not played Georgia in September since a 24-10 Georgia win in 1965. From 1968 until 2011, the Bulldogs have traditionally played Vanderbilt in the middle of the month of October. In fact, Vanderbilt is a common Homecoming foe for Georgia, but never in September. Georgia has never held a Homecoming game in September. The schedule is unclear on which 2012 game will be Homecoming.

The next week, September 29, 2012, the Bulldogs will host Tennessee – a move up in Georgia's recent tradition of scheduling with the Vols. After moving to divisions in 1992, the two foes meet in the second game of the season four years in a row. But then the duo settled into a routine of playing one another on either the first or second weekend of October. The move into September means Georgia will play three SEC East contests in the first month of the season.

Georgia will travel to Alabama in what appears to be the rotating SEC interdivisional weekend at the end of September or beginning of October.

October 13th is a trip to Lexington to play Kentucky. The Wildcats' position in the Bulldogs' schedule has shuffled more than any other SEC East foe since the division split in 1992. The Cats and Dawgs started out playing one another the week before the Florida game. But Georgia switched out of that weekend – opting to play the Cats the week before the Georgia Tech game recently when at home. The 2012 game with Kentucky comes before Georgia's only off-week of the year, which falls the same weekend as in 2011… the week before the Florida game.

CBS has made clear that they are not interested in the Cocktail Party moving any time soon. The Georgia-Florida game will be the last weekend of October (or the first couple days of November) every year, and the kickoff of the game will be at 3:30.

The following weekend the Bulldogs will host Ole Miss, who they travel to play in late September this year. It is unclear if this is a rotating weekend in the SEC.

The second weekend of November remains time for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn and Georgia will face off on November 10, 2012 on the Plains.

For the first time since a 1958 win over The Citadel, Georgia will play a non-SEC school in the game before their clash with Georgia Tech. This time Georgia Southern, who has played the Bulldogs once every four seasons since the year 2000, will play in Athens against the Bulldogs.

Georgia Tech travels to Athens for the traditional end-of-the-season game with Georgia.

Georgia will play 12 games in 13 weeks. The Bulldogs are scheduled to host seven home games, but none in October. They will host only three SEC games in Athens.

Date 2012 Opponent Location
09/01/2012 Buffalo Athens
09/08/2012 South Carolina Columbia
09/15/2012 Florida Atlantic Athens
09/22/2012 Vanderbilt Athens
09/29/2012 Tennessee Athens
10/06/2012 Alabama Tuscaloosa
10/13/2012 Kentucky Lexington
10/20/2012 Open Open
10/27/2012 Florida Jacksonville
11/03/2012 Ole Miss Athens
11/10/2012 Auburn Auburn
11/17/2012 Georgia Southern Athens
11/24/2012 Georgia Tech Athens

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