Georgia currently has big out-of-conference football games lined up against Notre Dame, the University of North Carolina, and every small/directional school in Louisiana.* There are certainly varying schools of thought on this. Some, especially those who pay good money for season tickets, would rather their money buy a home-and-home with the Fighting Irish than a succession of contests against a who's who of FCS schools from around the southeast. Others point out that when you have to take on Alabama in 2015 and travel to a resurgent Ole Miss in 2016 taking on extra heavyweights is a recipe for disaster.
But for the moment let's assume the following: Assume that Greg McGarity and Mark Richt want to schedule a marquee opponent in the next couple of seasons, either because a scheduled contest falls through or they're just gluttons for punishment. Who then should the Red and Black try to set up a date with?
The traditionalists among you might be heard to call for the renewal of the Bulldogs' rivalry with the Clemson Tigers, which for the time being appears resigned to the dust bin of gridiron history. One might also argue that a game against a school from the PAC-12, a major conference whose teams Georgia rarely sees because of a lack of bowl tie-ins, makes sense. Georgia did after all schedule Oregon some time back, only to cancel the whole affair. Oregon, with its Nike ties and exciting offense would deliver a lot in terms of exposure for recruiting (and likely a nice paycheck for a neutral site game). One could argue in favor of a game against long-rumored opponents like Michigan, or Ohio State (against whom Georgia scheduled yet another now cancelled home-and-home) if a Big Ten opponent were on your wish list.
So who should it be, Dawg Sports commenters? Who do you want Georgia to schedule?
Seriously. In 2015/2016 every non-conference opponent on the docket either hails from the Peach State (Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech) or the Pelican State (Southern, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, and Nicholls State). Greg McGarity's a sucker for good gumbo and thinks nutria are cute if you look at them just right.