Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Georgia faces a rocky road to bowl eligibility.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Vanderbilt vs. Georgia, Oct. 15, 2016. Image via Saturday Down South. 

The Georgia Bulldogs currently has a 4-2 overall record, with a 2-3 SEC Conference schedule. It's second loss came this past weekend when Vanderbilt upset the Bulldogs 17-16. The loss was a serious setback to Georgia's chances for bowl eligibility, as its upcoming schedule includes its three biggest rivalry games.

While two more victories doesn't seem to be out of the question for Georgia at first, its struggles in the first part of the season do bring the possibility that the Bulldogs could face an uphill battle for those two victories. A further troubling sign could be the fact that Georgia has yet to get a conference win against an SEC team with a winning record.

Georgia has a bye in Week 8, which will give it time to prepare for Florida and what is traditionally the biggest game of the Bulldogs' season. Florida is currently atop the SEC East Division standings, with a 5-1 overall record, and a 3-1 conference schedule. Georgia has lost the last two meetings with the Gators, and will probably face an uphill battle to reverse its current losing streak.

The Nov. 10 road game against Kentucky looks like Georgia's best bet for another win against an SEC opponent in the 2016 season. The Wildcats are 3-3 so far in this season, with none of its wins coming against a team with a winning record. Georgia has won the past six meetings with Kentucky, including a 27-3 win in 2015.

The last of Georgia's SEC conference opponents for 2016 comes against cross-division rival Auburn on Nov. 12. Auburn is 4-2, with a 2-1 SEC conference record. Here is where having Kirby Smart as its first-year head coach could be an advantage for Georgia. Alabama had a 6-2 record against Auburn serving as Nick Saban's defensive coordinator. Also in Georgia's favor is that since 2006, the Bulldogs have a 8-2 record against the Tigers.

Georgia's second best bet for a win could come against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 19. The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-4 so far this season. While this should in theory be an easy win for Georgia, it's struggles this season could mean the Bulldogs will have to put some effort against its Sun Belt opponent.

The final game on the 2016 schedule for Georgia is against in-state rival Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are currently 4-3 with a 1-3 ACC conference record. None of its wins came against a team that is over .500 this season. If Georgia goes 1-3 in its next four games, Georgia Tech would be its last chance to become bowl eligible.

A struggling Georgia has a rough road ahead of itself if it wants to become bowl eligible. Two wins is all the Bulldogs need, but they won't be easy to get.

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