Georgia AD Explains Today’s Major Scheduling News

first_imgKirby Smart standing on Georgia's sideline.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first half against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs are welcoming all competition. UGA football made big news today, scheduling ACC powers Clemson and Florida State down the road.The Dawgs and Tigers will renew their rivalry in 2032 in Athens, with a return game at Death Valley the following year. That adds to the two previously-scheduled games in 2029 and 2030.The two sides have faced off 64 times, with the last series being played in 2013 and 2014. Georgia owns a heavy advantage, though of course, the Tigers are a much different program now than they’ve ever been.The series with FSU comes in 2027 and 2028, with the ‘Noles hosting the first leg.Why the crazy scheduling? Kirby Smart made it known that he wants his Georgia football program challenged.Athletic director Greg McGarity said as much in a discussion with athletics director Greg McGarity told AJC-DawgNation on Tuesday that “We’re not done yet” where adding marquee opponents to future schedules is concerned.[…]“Kirby is very eager to play a schedule that challenges our team,” McGarity said. “I think we’ve done a very good job of that over the years, scheduling two non-conference Power 5 opponents per season.”Smart’s message is clearly received. Hopefully, for Georgia fans’ sake, Smart is still in Athens and has the program on this same trajectory as they are on now.Georgia already has its long-term annual game with Georgia Tech locked in for the foreseeable future, as well as games against Notre Dame (2019), Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022), UCLA (2025-26), and Texas (2028-29). there are plenty of exciting opponents on the horizon for the Dawgs.[]last_img

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