Smart said the Bulldogs actually spent Tuesday not only working on the Gators, who they play next, but also on some of their other November opponents who “do some different stuff” schematically.
It certainly could be argued that Georgia has the toughest finish of those involved in the SEC East race. The Gators currently hold the division lead because they’ve played five conference games, but Florida (4-1), Georgia (3-1) and Missouri (2-1) each has one loss at this point.
The remaining slate of games for those teams looks like this:
- Georgia -- Saturday, off; Nov. 2, vs. No. 7 Florida in Jacksonville; Nov. 9, home vs. Missouri; Nov. 16, at No. 9 Auburn; Nov. 23, home vs. Texas A&M; Nov. 30, at Georgia Tech.
- Florida -- Saturday, off; Nov. 2, vs. No. 10 Georgia in Jacksonville; Nov. 9 at home vs. Vanderbilt; Nov. 16, at Missouri; Nov. 30, at home vs. Florida State.
- Missouri -- Saturday, at Kentucky; Nov. 2, off; Nov. 9, at Georgia; Nov. 16, home vs. Florida; Nov. 23, home vs. Tennessee; Nov. 30, vs. Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark.
Smart dismissed the notion that the Bulldogs’ path may be more challenging than anybody else’s.
“There’s a lot of good teams on that schedule,” he said. “But everybody in the SEC basically has the same schedule other than their crossovers.”
Georgia’s annual matchup with Florida usually falls on the last Saturday of October, but the calendar put it into November this year. But traditionally, the Bulldogs always have a tough finish to its seasons. The final month usually includes games against rivals Auburn and Georgia Tech.
The Bulldogs have lost once in November the past four seasons, going 15-1 in that span. The sole defeat was 40-17 at No. 10 Auburn in 2017. The Bulldogs avenged that loss three weeks later with a 28-7 win in the SEC Championship game.
The last time Georgia played Florida in November came in 2014. The No. 9 Bulldogs lost to the unranked Gators 38-20 that day in Jacksonville.