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Blog: LSU and Gamecocks in September and return trip to Auburn highlight UGA ’13 slate

The SEC released the 2013 conference schedule today.

Some quick highlights from the Georgia perspective:

–There is no Alabama again, but LSU comes to Athens on Sept. 28.

–South Carolina returns back to its usual spot as the opening SEC game for Georgia on Sept. 7 in Athens after being played in October this year.

–The Bulldogs will play at Auburn two years in a row. Georgia plays at Auburn on Nov. 16. The Bulldogs go to the Plains this year as well on Nov. 10.

“The 2013 schedule will obviously be very challenging,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement.  “Our number one priority throughout this process was to protect our long-standing rivalry game againstAuburn, and in order to keep this series intact, it necessitated a return toAuburnin 2013. We will start working on the 2014 rotating SEC schedule this Spring, and we can confirm thatAuburnwill be returning toAthensin 2014.”

The ’13 schedule is a “bridge” schedule, meaning it’s not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats.

“We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.

SEC ADs will convene in the spring to begin formulating schedules for the 2014 season and beyond.

There are two other games in the SEC in 2013 that will have repeat hosts from the 2012 schedule: Ole Miss at Alabama and Texas A&M at Ole Miss.

“There were so many variables in dealing with conference games, and the three repeat venue games, while not desired, provided the only solution to the complex scheduling issues,” said Slive.

Here’s the entire 2013 Georgia  schedule

Aug. 31 at Clemson

Sept. 7 South Carolina

Sept. 14 Open date

Sept. 21 North Texas

Sept. 28 LSU

Oct. 5  at Tennessee

Oct. 12 Missouri

Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 26 Open date

Nov. 2 Florida in Jacksonville

Nov. 9 Appalachian State

Nov. 16 at Auburn

Nov. 23 Kentucky

Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech

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