Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs are the hottest ticket in town for SEC scheduling purposes. That’s what comes of winning back-to-back national championships. That’s a good thing. The folks in Birmingham appear to have decided they want to take the King Kirby show on the road as part of the new look 2024 SEC. That’s trickier news for Bulldog fans.
Gone from the 2024 slate will be perennial SEC opponents (and wins) South Carolina, Missouri, and Vanderbilt. Instead the Bulldogs will travel to Tuscaloosa and Austin for what are likely to be two of the most-watched (and toughest) games on the conference schedule.
A road trip to Lexington to take on Kentucky is certainly nothing unusual, though Bulldog fans will also get a trip to the Grove to take on Ole Miss. That’s a fun trip that Bulldog fans of a certain age (full disclosure, I am that age) remember making almost every other year.
The home slate is, well, not bad. The Red and Black get Auburn and Tennessee as marquee contests in Athens, as well as hosting the Cowbell Canines of Mississippi State. Georgia is technically the home team in Jacksonville in 2024, so that counts as the fourth home game much to Kirby Smart’s ongoing chagrin.
If anything bugs me in this schedule it’s probably that the Athenians will take on Alabama in Bryant-Denny for the second time in five years with no return engagement in Athens. In all likelihood Georgia will make that trip with a new starter at quarterback, and I anticipate could once again be dealing with some coaching turnover if 2023 goes remotely as planned.
But in the end analysis the ‘Dawgs are the two-time defending national champions, with a loaded roster that’s going to be just as loaded two years from now. The hunter rather than the hunted. Viewed through this prism the Bulldogs’ 2024 SEC schedule is a chance to make the rest of the league even more sick of UGA winning. And that, I hope you’ll agree, sounds like a lot of fun.
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