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Georgia coach Mark Richt moves from interview room to interview room during day three of the 2013 SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

Coach: Mark Richt, 13th season (118-40, all at Georgia).

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Georgia coach Mark Richt moves from interview room to interview room during day three of the 2013 SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Last year's record: 12-2 overall, 7-1 in the SEC (T-2nd in the East). Defeated Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl.

Fans' expectations: After coming up only yards short of beating Alabama in last season's SEC Championship Game, the 'Dogs will finish the job in Atlanta this December, knocking out the Tide and advancing to the BCS Championship Game. Led by quarterback Aaron Murray and tailback Todd Gurley, the offense will be unstoppable. The defense is young and inexperienced, but the Bulldogs are fast and athletic, and coordinator Todd Grantham will put the players in a position to make plays.

Realistic expectations: Georgia will have one of the most potent offenses in the nation, one that should pile up huge numbers, especially by Murray. But the reality is, Murray and the 'Dogs have had problems consistently moving the ball against the league's better defenses. The early schedule is tough, with games against Clemson, South Carolina and LSU in the first four weeks. The young defense could be very good, or very average.

Quotable: "I think our team is one that has a lot of questions. Because of the questions, it's created a lot of excitement. It's created a lot of energy." — Mark Richt

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