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Georgia Bulldogs 2023 Season Win/Loss Total

By Hank Blaine

No team has three-peated as the college football national champion since Minnesota in the 1930s, but two-time Georgia is absolutely loaded again entering 2023 and favored to make history this year under new starting QB Carson Beck.

A Closer Look at the Georgia Bulldogs 2023 College Football Season

Georgia Bulldogs 2023 College Football Schedule

  • College Football Week 1: vs. UT Martin Skyhawks — 6:00 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
  • College Football Week 2: vs. Ball State Cardinals — 12:00 p.m. ET (SECN)
  • College Football Week 3: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks — 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • College Football Week 4: vs. UAB Blazers — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 5: at Auburn Tigers — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 6: vs. Kentucky Wildcats — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 7: at Vanderbilt Commodores — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 8: OFF
  • College Football Week 9: vs Florida Gators — 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • College Football Week 10: vs. Missouri Tigers — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 11: vs. Ole Miss Rebels — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 12: at Tennessee Volunteers — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 13: at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — TBA (TBA)
  • College Football Week 14: SEC Championship — 4:00 p.m. ET (CBS)

Unstoppable in 2022

If we are being honest, Georgia never really was in big danger of losing a game last regular season. Its closest matchup was a 16-6 win at Kentucky. The Dawgs routed No. 14 LSU 50-30 in the SEC title game to return to the College Football Playoff, and UGA was lucky to beat No. 4 Ohio State 42-41 in that semifinal. The Buckeyes led 21-7 in the first half and 38-24 in the fourth quarter. The Dawgs took the lead on Stetson Bennett’s TD pass to Adonai Mitchell with 54 seconds remaining. OSU still had a shot, but Noah Ruggles’ 50-yard field goal attempt with three seconds remaining sailed wide left.

In the title game, the Dawgs trashed TCU 65-7. Bennett was named the Offensive MVP after throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for two scores. It was Bennett’s fourth Offensive MVP award in four career CFP games. Georgia finished with 589 yards of offense to just 188 for TCU (13-2), which came in averaging 41.1 points and 474.1 yards per game. The Bulldogs’ 65 points were the most ever in a CFP or BCS title game.

UGA became the first team in the College Football Playoff era to win back-to-back national championships. The victory was the 17th in a row for the Bulldogs, tying the school record set during the 1945-47 seasons.

Bennett is now a backup with the LA Rams and his immediate replacement under center is Carson Beck. He entered preseason practice as the favorite in the competition with Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton. Beck took advantage of his edge in experience.

“That’s the greatest separator in the quarterbacks, it’s the comfort level with the offense and having the extra spring, and extra fall that those two guys don’t have,” Coach Kirby Smart said of Vandagriff and Stockton. “We haven’t set anything in terms of who the second quarterback is or how those reps are going to be divvied up. Carson is ahead of the other guys in terms of what he understands about the offense. I’ll be honest with you: I was really impressed with the other two quarterbacks throughout camp and how far they’ve come in terms of improvement.”

A Look into the Team

The Week 1 game against UT-Martin will be Beck’s first career start. While Beck lacks Bennett’s mobility, he does have a stronger arm. He’s also going to benefit from something Bennett didn’t have: a deep and talented receiver corps. Mississippi State transfer Rara Thomas and Missouri Tigers Dominic Lovett give Beck two more options to go with No. 1 WR Ladd McConkey, TE Brock Bowers and others.

Bowers might be the nation’s top tight end this year. He was All-SEC First Team last year and a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year. Bowers logged 63 catches for 942 yards and seven TDs, all team highs along with three rushing TDs.

Georgia has a new offensive coordinator with Todd Monken leaving for the Baltimore Ravens. He has been replaced by Mike Bobo, who served as an offensive analyst for Georgia in 2022. He also was the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2014. Bobo coached quarterbacks from 2001 to 2006 during the Mark Richt era in Athens. He helped develop quarterbacks David Greene, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray.

The UGA defense has been the nation’s best the past few years and nothing should change there despite losing a ton more talent to the NFL Draft. Georgia’s 2022 defense took a step back from where the 2021 defense was, but that was to be expected given eight defenders were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. Georgia had five more defensive players taken in the 2023 NFL Draft, including first-rounders Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith.

Linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson may be the star of the 2023 unit. The 6-1, 245-pound Dumas-Johnson smothers the run and is also adept at getting to the passer from his inside linebacker position. As a true sophomore last season, he led Georgia’s national championship defense with nine tackles for loss and was third in quarterback hurries (24). Dumas-Johnson was a finalist for the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in the country a year ago and will be right in that mix again in 2023.

Georgia is No. 1 in both polls and should be. The Dawgs play a very easy regular-season slate with realistically their only possible loss on Nov. 18 at No. 12 Tennessee. But Georgia beat UT this past season 27-13 in Athens when the Vols were No. 1 in the country. They won’t be as good this year.

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