A lot has been made about Georgia’s strength of schedule this year. The 2023 schedule is pretty weak, but that is not Georgia’s fault. The rest of Georgia’s opponents in the SEC are not that great. With losing Oklahoma on their schedule Georgia’s first few games are a snooze fest. However, some might say it’s a good thing that they can ease their way into the season.
The interesting thing about Georgia’s schedule however is how far they have to travel. In fact, Georgia will travel the fewest miles in all the SEC to play its road games. This is an advantage for Georgia. Traveling as we all know is a tiring thing, even for athletes who are in peak shape. Letting their bodies rest and being able to practice should give the Dawgs a little bit of an edge against all their opponents.
Georgia does not even have to go outside the state of Georgia till they face Auburn in Week 5 on September 30th. Another opponent of the Dawgs, the hated Flordia Gators have the most miles to travel this year out of all the SEC teams. With most of the travel time spent on playing against Utah early in the season.
All told Georgia will have to travel only 1,741 miles, while the Gators will have to travel over 8,000 miles. The longest trip the Dawgs will have to take this year is down to Jacksonville to play Florida. Maybe not having to travel all that much will be the edge for the Dawgs. But most likely, it will be Florida’s god-awful offense trying to play against probably the better defenses in the country that will be the deciding factor.
Georgia’s biggest road game this year will be in Knoxville which is only 460 miles round trip. But that game is not till November and the Vols have to travel 1,330 miles more than Georgia. Georgia again should have fresher legs in this matchup. It will be interesting to see if this really does play a factor in Georgia’s season.
Seems like every time Georgia or really any other football team has to travel a bit the head coach is worried about how they can get their players to recover quickly the following week. Kirby will have the luxury of not having to worry as much as his compatriots will this season.
While Georgia will not have to travel very far this upcoming regular season, The Dawgs should be expected to travel a little bit more during bowl season when they have to play in the Sugar or Rose Bowl and In Houston for the National Championship.