Schedule analysis: Georgia

Today we look at Georgia's 2011 schedule and see if coach Mark Richt can get off that hot seat in Athens:

Nonconference opponents (with 2010 records)

Sept 3: Boise State (12-1) (in Atlanta, Ga.)

Sept 17: Coastal Carolina (6-6)

Nov. 5: New Mexico State (2-10)

Nov. 26: Georgia Tech (6-7)

SEC home games

Sept. 10: South Carolina

Oct. 1: Mississippi State

Nov. 12: Auburn

Nov. 19: Kentucky

SEC road games

Sept. 24: at Ole Miss

Oct. 8: at Tennessee

Oct. 15: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 29: at Florida (in Jacksonville, Fla.)

Gut-check time: It starts immediately for the Bulldogs. Georgia opens the season with a short trip over to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to face Boise State. This will feel like a home game for Georgia, but remember, Boise State beat Virginia Tech in Landover, Md., to open last season. A loss wouldn’t tarnish the Bulldogs’ season, but a win would deliver a major statement to the rest of the SEC. A week later, the Bulldogs host defending East champion South Carolina.

Trap game: That would be the Oct. 15 game at Vanderbilt. The Commodores are under a new, more energetic regime and are still a bit of an unknown. Coming off tough games against Mississippi State and Tennessee could also leave the Bulldogs a bit weary.

Snoozer: The opening games against Boise State and South Carolina should more than prepare Georgia for Coastal Carolina in Week 3. Get ready to see those Bulldog backups.

Telltale stretch: Starting with a Sept. 24 trip to Oxford to face Ole Miss, the Bulldogs will be on the road for three of the next four weeks before heading down to Jacksonville to play Florida after their bye. No matter what happens in the first two weeks of the season, this stretch will greatly shape Georgia’s season.

Final analysis: After the first two weeks, this doesn’t appear to be the most daunting of schedules for Georgia. Spending three of four weeks on the road during the middle of the season won’t be particularly fun for the Bulldogs, but the road trips will be at schools with losing records from a season ago. Still, it’s the SEC, so nothing is a given. The rematch with Florida just before Halloween should be full of emotion after the Bulldogs fell to the Gators by an overtime field goal this past fall. Georgia finishes with three straight home games and one at Georgia Tech -- all of which the Bulldogs should be favored in.