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Georgia To Kick Off 2016 Against North Carolina In The Georgia Dome

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Larry Fedora's continuing preference for visors over actual fedoras continues to irk me.
Larry Fedora's continuing preference for visors over actual fedoras continues to irk me.
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It looks like the Georgia Bulldogs have found an opponent and a venue against whom and in which to open the 2016 college football season. On September 3, 2016 the 'Dawgs will return to the Georgia Dome for the first time since 2012 to face the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina, an opponent whom the Bulldogs have faced 30 times, albeit not once since 1971. As usual when there is a college football game being played in the Dome on Labor Day weekend, the whole affair will be sponsored by your two crucial pickle providing overlords at Chick-fil-A.

Speaking as one who advocated for the Classic City Canines to add the team from Chapel Hill as a nonconference opponents as early as 2007, and who has made the point that North Carolina actually made the most sense as an SEC East division addition in 2012, I am pretty pleased. While Larry Fedora is far from turning the Tar Heels into a perennial national title contender, North Carolina should be a solid test to open the season. And while a contest in the Georgia Dome does not pay Georgia the kind of recruiting dividends which it pays other schools, it does mean that those out-of-state schools have one less opportunity to host recruits officially or unofficially inside our own state lines.

Combine this game with the not-yet-canceled 2017 trip to South Bend to play Notre Dame, and it is apparent that the University of Georgia athletic brain trust is scheduling some pretty compelling football games in the coming years. This is good news for boosters. Plus in a world in which a team need only be in the top four at the end of the year to have a chance to play for it all, the risk of losing an early season game to a marquee opponent is far less than the potential payoff for winning such a contest. That is to say nothing of the perceived benefit of not scheduling another Charleston Southern, Towson State, or Central Colorado. In short, this is a game which fans should find interesting, which will garner positive television and recruiting attention, and which under the right circumstances could help to burnish George's playoff resume. There just is not a lot to dislike about this move.