We’ll have to wait a decade for it, but Georgia appears set to renew one historic rivalry and take on a traditional power in a pair of moves sure to delight fans and amp up strength of schedule.
The athletic department announced this morning that Georgia will play home-and-home series with both Texas and Clemson over a three year period between 2028 and 2030. The ‘Dawgs will travel to Austin to open the season against the Longhorns on September 2, 2028, then host the Burnt Orange on September 1, 2029.
Concurrently, the Red and Black will travel to the banks of Lake Hartwell to take on the Country Gentlemen on September 15, 2029 and host them in Athens on August 31, 2030. Georgia was already scheduled to host Clemson to open the 2024 season.
Yes, that means Georgia’s out-of-conference schedule in 2029 will include Clemson, Texas, and Georgia Tech. Yes, if Kirby Smart and Greg McGarity aren’t still around at that point they’re going to owe the then-current coach a serious explanation. Because while programs may wax and wane, that could be the toughest OOC schedule in the country when we actually play it.
Of course as we’ve seen in the past there’s a reasonable chance some combination of these games don’t get played. But given that both series have been not-so-quietly in the works for several months, there doesn’t appear to be any current plan to do anything but play hot ticket out-of-conference games. As these matchups approach they should also have a solid effect on season ticket sales, which isn’t a bad thing for the budget. These also have the potential to be crown jewel offerings in TV contract talks. While I have mixed feelings about super strong OOC scheduling, even I have to admit, this is a pretty exciting development. Until later....