Gamecocks return to front of UGA’s schedule as SEC releases new 2013 games lineup

ATHENS — Georgia will again face South Carolina as its first Southeastern Conference foe and the Bulldogs will have to play Auburn on the road for a second consecutive year, according to the new 2013 SEC schedule released by the league office in Birmingham on Thursday.

Georgia had played the Gamecocks as its conference opener every year since 1992 until this year, when the teams played in the season’s sixth week on Oct. 6 to accommodate league expansion. South Carolina won 35-7.

The Bulldogs will have to play Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in back-to-back years, “in order to maintain a balanced schedule for the 2014 season and beyond,” the SEC said. Ole Miss will play at Alabama and Texas A&M at Ole Miss in consecutive years for the same reason.

“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,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in the release.

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