The days continue to tick down, headed towards September third and the first game of Bulldog Football with new head coach Kirby Smart. While the staff is new, expectations are as high as ever in Athens. This program doesn't accept mediocre -- or even very, very good -- year after year.

Georgia has been relevant in the Southeastern Conference eastern division race since the turn of the century. Still, not good enough. In short, Mark Richt had a good run in Athens, averaging nearly 10 wins a season for 15 years -- something many football programs would be very content with -- and he was handed his walking papers at the end of last season.

Welcome home, Kirby Smart!

The good news is there is no rebuilding required by the new staff. Often when a coach is fired, the next staff needs two to four years to rebuild the talent of a down-trodden program. Richt was fired after a 10-3 season and previous five year record of 50-17. The Bulldogs are as talented as ever. In fact, according to Phil Steele's list of the combined top recruitingservices, they are super talented. Since 2014, Georgia has pulled in the ninth, sixth and fifth national ranked recruiting classes respectively in the nation.

With all the above in mind, it wouldn't be wise to under estimate the potential of this team.

The following is how I see the Georgia regular season playing out:

Sept. 3 - vs. North Carolina(In Atlanta) - I give Georgia three of the four points home field advantage they would normally receive in Athens. The Tar Heels return 14 starters from a team that went 11-3 last year. In addition, they gave national champ runner up, Clemson a handful in the ACC Championship game, before losing 45-37. This is a well coached football team and a tough opponent for the opener.Prediction - Georgia 31 - North Carolina 27.

Sept. 10 - Nicholls -The Bulldogs are 9-0 vs.

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FCS teams.Prediction - Georgia 48 - Nicholls 7

Sept. 17 - at Missouri -Battle of the new coaching staffs. Missouri has a very good defense. But offensively, the Tigers have a ways to go before they can compete with Georgia.Prediction -Georgia 20 - Missouri 17

Sept. 24 - at Mississippi -The Rebels have the best passing quarterback in the conference in Chad Kelly, along with a very stout defense. Home field advantage may be just enough.Prediction - Ole Miss 30 - Georgia 24

Oct. 1 - Tennessee -This game may decide which team represents the eastern division in Atlanta in December.

The Vols are just better this year.Prediction -Tennessee 31 - Georgia 28

Oct. 8 - at South Carolina -The Gamecocks defense should be coming around. But their offense just doesn't have the talent they need yet.Prediction -Georgia 31 - South Carolina 14

Oct. 15 - Vanderbilt -Derek Mason has done a very good job with the Vandy defense. Like Carolina, they just don't have the firepower on offense. And, they aren't likely to find it this year, either.Prediction -Georgia 30 - Vandy 14

Oct. 29 - Florida (in Jacksonville) -Bulldogs were embarrassed in 2015.

This will be a revenge game. Florida's quarterback situation is still an issue. Also, they lose some of the defensive firepower, though they will still be good. This one goes the whole 15 rounds.Prediction -Georgia 24 - Florida 21

Nov. 5 - at Kentucky -The Wildcatsoffense will be better in 2016. They are right on the verge of being a bowl team if the defense improves just a tad.Prediction -Georgia 34 - Kentucky 20

Nov. 12 - Auburn -Expect this one to be a full-fledged shoot out.Prediction -Georgia 45 - Auburn 42

Nov. 19 - UL Lafayette - Faghetta 'bout it!

Prediction -Georgia 42 - UL Lafayette 10

Nov. 26 - Georgia Tech -Tech will be back on the bowl scene in 2016 and may be in the double digit win category -- after the bowl game.Prediction -Georgia 21 - Tech 20.

I see Georgia finishing 10-2 overall and in second place in the SEC eastern division. Depending on the bowl outcome, the Bulldogs may finish as high as the top 10 nationally in 2016.

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