The 2021 season is in the books and the Georgia Bulldogs (14-1) were crowned national champions on Monday, Jan. 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana, by defeating Alabama, 33-18.
Could this be the start of a dynasty for the Bulldogs? Will Georgia go on an Alabama-type run and own college football for years to come?
The Dawgs have a very navigable 2022 schedule, which opens with Oregon in Atlanta on September 3. The Ducks will be coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Out of the SEC West, Georgia draws Mississippi State in additional to its annual rivalry game with Auburn. And as it always does, UGA will close out its regular season with a game against in-state rival Georgia Tech.
Here’s a look at the 2022 UGA football schedule with our game-by-game predictions.
Sept. 3: Oregon (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia will face its former defensive coordinator Dan Lanning to open the season in Atlanta. Lanning will have some tricks up his sleeve for this one, but Georgia’s too physical. Dawgs pull away in the second half.
Prediction: Georgia wins 24-13
Sept. 10: Samford (Athens, Ga.)
Easy win for UGA in its first home game since winning the national championship.
Prediction: Georgia wins 55-3
Sept. 17: at South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
You know people will be calling this a trap game. South Carolina may actually have itself a decent team next year and Columbia is always a difficult place to play. But come on…how many “trap games” did Georgia have last year? Dawgs win it easily.
Prediction: Georgia wins 41-20
Sept. 24: Kent State (Athens, Ga.)
Easy one here. Maybe we see some action from backup quarterback Brock Vandagriff?
Prediction: Georgia wins 58-0
Oct. 1: at Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)
Georgia extends its winning streak over Mizzou to nine with an easy win.
Prediction: Georgia wins 38-7
Oct. 8: Auburn (Athens, Ga.)
This will be Georgia’s first big home game of the year. Auburn will have just played LSU, but nobody is expecting Auburn to be any good this year. Dawgs end up cruising and win their sixth straight against the Tigers.
Prediction: Georgia wins 31-10
Oct. 15: Vanderbilt (Athens, Ga.)
Poor Vandy. Dawgs roll.
Prediction: Georgia wins 48-0
Oct. 29: Florida (Jacksonville, Fl.)
Florida coach Billy Napier preached patience during his introductory press conference. Gator fans might want to take that advice, because Georgia is not going to take it easy on the new Florida coach.
Prediction: Georgia wins 44-13
Nov. 5: Tennessee (Athens, Ga.)
This should be a fun one to be in Athens for. Tennessee fans will talk all week about how Georgia has not seen an offense like the Vols’. But it won’t matter.
Prediction: Georgia wins 34-17
Nov. 12: at Mississippi State (Starkville, Miss.)
Georgia has no trouble with Mississippi State on the road in this one.
Prediction: Georgia wins 38-13
Nov. 19: at Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
Hmmm now this one could be interesting. Kentucky will enter the season likely ranked somewhere in the top-20, but by November there’s simply no telling what the Wildcats will have done. They’ll have played Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. They’ll be the better team in all of those games, but I think we all expect them to have lost two games by this point. The crowd will be electric, but Georgia once again is too dominant for Kentucky. Close until halfway through the third.
Prediction: Georgia 35, Kentucky 14
Nov. 26: Georgia Tech (Athens, Ga.)
Is this even a question?
Prediction: Georgia wins 45-7
Dec. 3: SEC Championship Game (Atlanta, Ga.): Alabama
And here we go again. Could we have a replay of the 2021 season? This time Georgia and Alabama will both roll into the SEC championship undefeated and will both make the playoff regardless of what happens. Unfortunately, I don’t see Georgia beating Bama like it did in the natty. Bryce Young and Will Anderson will be one year older, and I don’t know who is stepping up at wide receiver for the Tide, but we know it will be somebody(s). Alabama wins, but they meet again.
Prediction: Alabama wins 31-20
CFP Semifinal: Georgia vs Clemson
Yep, I have Clemson returning to the College Football Playoff next year. The Tigers will have some close calls throughout the season, but they’re not losing to anybody on that schedule.
Prediction: Dawgs win 20-17
CFP National Championship Game: Georgia vs. Alabama
And the entire nation lets out a big, collective sigh. Georgia vs. Alabama….again. I have the Tide beating UGA in the SEC championship, and I could see it happening again in the national title game.
Prediction: Alabama wins the title 31-27