One thing about Kirby Smart that I absolutely adore is his aggressive approach to just about everything: Recruiting, fake punt and/or fake field goals (hey, sooner or later we’re gonna get this right, no?), motivating players, general coaching ‘em up and now, scheduling. With a bullet!
Georgia has announced it will add Florida State to a home-and-home series, beginning in 2027, with a trip to Tallahassee on September 4 and a return trip for the Seminoles to Athens, on September 16, 2028.
Kirby is trying his very best to make the Clemson thing a yearly event, with an additional home-and-home with the Tigers in 2032 and 2033, augmenting the already scheduled series slated for 2029 and 2030. That’s 4 games versus a great, traditional rival in 5 calendar years, with a little Chik-Fil-A appetizer in 2024. We’re gonna party like it’s the mid-to-late 70’s and early-to-mid 1980’s.
Awesome is the word, not to mention pretty damned smart, Kirby. I’m certain Greg McGarity nodded in agreement at some point during all of this planning. Good job.
The buzz on the streets (and the interwebs) is that, as we speak, a future home-and-home is in the works with Oklahoma, which should come to fruition sooner than later. Stay tuned.
If you are keeping score at home, and planning a road-trip savings fund for the next 10-15 years, here’s a recap of the recent announcements of non-conference glory that will be played out before you know it. (Trust me on this. Time flies).
- Notre Dame 2019 (return trip)
- Virginia (2020) Chik-Fil-A Kickoff
- Oregon (2022) Chik-Fil-A Kickoff
- Clemson (2024) Chik-Fil-A Kickoff
- UCLA home and home (2025-2026)
- Texas home and home (2027-2028)
- Florida State home and home (2027-2028)
- Clemson home and home (2032-2033)
The 2027-2028 schedule is not for the faint of heart. Holy moly.
Stay tuned to this Dawg Channel. This entire brave, new world of football scheduling seems to be evolving quicker than next year’s newest strain of flu virus.
These are exciting times we find ourselves in.