Must-win and trap games of 2017: Georgia Bulldogs

There are 12 regular-season games, but they’re not all created equal.

To help get prepared for next season, we’re looking at every SEC team’s must-win and trap games.

Next up is Georgia Bulldogs.

Must-win game: Oct. 28 vs. Florida. As a former Georgia player, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart already knew that no loss leaves behind a more bitter taste than one against in-state rival Georgia Tech. But if any loss comes close, it’s one against Florida. The Bulldogs dropped both of those games last season, Smart’s first as a head coach. Of course it’s important that Georgia reverse the outcome in both series, but the Florida game simply means a lot more. The Bulldogs could still win the SEC East even without a win over the Gators, but Georgia’s road to Atlanta would be a lot smoother, and happier, with a victory in Jacksonville.

Trap game: Sept. 2 vs. Appalachian State. The September game most Georgia fans will focus on throughout this offseason will be the Sept. 9 visit to Notre Dame. That’s understandable. The one and only time Georgia and Notre Dame have met was when Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs toppled the Fighting Irish to win the 1980 national title. However, the Bulldogs will play a game before the program’s first visit to South Bend -- one that is hardly a gimme win. They open the season against an Appalachian State club that went 10-3 last season. Let’s not forget that the Mountaineers nearly squashed Tennessee’s playoff hopes in Week 1 last season, forcing overtime before the Volunteers eked out a 20-13 victory.