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Friday Fodder: A schedule inquiry

The Gator Nation collectively shrieked in horror when Florida’s 2014 schedule was released Wednesday.

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While Georgia and South Carolina again avoided The Legion of Saban Alabama, Florida drew the short straw for the third time in five years.

But that’s next season.

The 2013 slate hasn't even started yet. So instead of pondering any SEC office conspiracy theories or the eternal hollow droning of fairness, a more pertinent question is which 2013 schedule -- between rivals UGA and UF -- is more preferable in the final year of the BCS system?

Both schedules are extremely difficult but different. In a vacuum, Florida’s schedule is a tad harder, but then again, is it?

Florida and Georgia play four of the top 12 teams in the country. The Bulldogs host LSU and USC, while UF must travel to Death Valley and Williams-Brice Stadium.  Both teams play a pair of ACC foes.

The two schedules are listed below. The pertinent question is timing vs. location. Georgia opens against a top 10 team and plays three of its four hardest games in the first month -- but two are at home.

Meanwhile, Florida has a relatively mild opening eight weeks -- the Miami game the lone exception -- before its schedule gets brutal over the final two months of the season -- the FSU game stands as the only marquee contest in The Swamp. 

DATE

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

Aug. 31

Toledo

@ No. 8 Clemson

Sept. 7

@ Miami

No. 6 South Carolina

Sept. 14

BYE

BYE

Sept. 21

Tennessee

North Texas

Sept. 28

@ Kentucky

No. 12 LSU

Oct. 5

Arkansas

Tennessee

Oct. 12

@ No. 12 LSU

Missouri

Oct. 19

@ Missouri

@ Vanderbilt

Oct. 26

BYE

BYE

Nov. 2

No. 5 Georgia (Jax)

No. 10 Florida (Jax)

Nov. 9

Vanderbilt

Appalachian State

Nov. 16

@ No. 6 South Carolina

@ Auburn

Nov. 23

Georgia Southern

Kentucky

Nov. 30

No. 11 Florida State

@ Georgia Tech

So whatcha' say?

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