“Georgia leads the series 50–43–2.”

It appears the Georgia-Florida game will remain in Jacksonville five more years.  The pot is definitely being sweetened.

The latest agreement in the storied rivalry has a total of $2.75 million in incentives for the schools over the life five-season contract. Each school will receive $125,000 as a “signing bonus” and $250,000 in guaranteed payment each year to both schools, which didn’t exist under the prior contract.

Both schools are also getting an increase in their travel and lodging stipend to $60,000 – which is a $10,000 increase from the previous agreement. The city is covering the University of Georgia’s air travel up to $350,000 each year.

And some of you thought Georgia was at a disadvantage flying to the game.  Not in the way it matters to Butts-Mehre.

By the way, I’m happy about it.

(h/t)

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68 responses to ““Georgia leads the series 50–43–2.”

  1. AusDawg85

    I won’t be happy until we win 5 in a row.

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    • S

      You may have to deal with unhappiness the rest of your life. Because I don’t know when the hell we’ll do that. When we hit 3 in a row, I just about lost it because we actually had a streak. Then the next year, we bent over and gave it back to them.

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    • Jt (the other one)

      Until we win every ONE of them!

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  2. watcher16

    Wondering how long it will take them to start flying our players on Spirit/Frontier

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  3. The Georgia Way

    We’re committed to bringing you shitty home schedules.

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  4. Silver Britches

    HOT TAKE: I fully understand and appreciate tradition, and I get the importance of the WLOCP to south Georgia, but I personally wouldn’t lose a wink if it was never played in Jacksonville again.

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  5. Granthams replacement

    Until spurrier coached FU everyone like to go to the gator bowl. Kirby needs to open a can on them every yrar

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  6. Several years ago a friend of mine took took two 80-something year old ladies back from Jacksonville to their condo on Amelia Island because they had missed their bus. Both these women were grads from the late 30’s or early 40’s and it was unquestionably one of the most informative and enjoyable trips of my life. The differences in what was and was not allowed between our various periods of matriculation( no Weasel there is NOTHING sexual about the word matriculation) was massive. It was clearly a different era when females were treated as fragile flowers but they still had fun and got their degrees. I hope I;m doing the same when I’m their age. I’m only working on 43 WLOCPs….. twenty more at least.

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  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Only youngsters want the game moved. The rest of us recall how we basically owned Florida until Spurrier started coaching them. And I guarantee you that to this day Spurrier remembers UGA in general and Bill Stanfill in particular.

    For me, one of the great side benefits to attending UGA as an undergrad was being able to give my father all kinds of hell about the WLOCP. We didn’t win every single game, but we won every game that counted; either we secured an SEC title for us or we knocked Florida out of one, or neither team was very good and it didn’t matter much. So, during the 1980 game with time dwindling and UF in the lead, my father makes a long distance call (remember those?) to me and starts gloating, “we got you this year!” and other stuff and I just mumbled that the game wasn’t over yet. Then Lindsay ran. Then I went to call him back, and the line was busy. And it was busy again, and again, and stayed busy for about three hours. When it finally rang (yes, I kept trying – I can be an asshole, too) my mother answered the phone and simply said, “It’s still too soon”.

    For those who will say that that kind of memory can happen with a home-and-home series, too, I will agree. Except that there are too many other great things about that game in Jacksonville, and that the main reason given for wanting to move it is that ‘it’s basically a home game for them’. It really isn’t; we have owned this game in the past, and just have to get our minds right, and not do some of the stupid stuff we have been doing.

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  8. Everyone forgets how Florida fans practically begged to have the game moved from Jacksonville. We need to go down there with the attitude of destroying anything in orange and blue. Unfortunately, we haven’t played the last 3 years with that mentality. We had a mental edge on them especially in 2012 and 2013 because TG3II brought a physical toughness that had been missing. I still think we beat their @$$3$ in 2014 if Gurley returns like we did to Auburn later that season.

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    • Macallanlover

      Your opening sentence is dead on, and factual. This is where the UGA fans are as bad as FU fans. I get the improved home schedule position, I just don’t find it as the true culprit as it is only factual once every two years and ignores the other opportunities to upgrade the quality of games without taking down a great/unique tradition. It is the “unlevel playing field argument that is contest.

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  9. Aladawg

    And I’m not happy because it deals more home shit games!

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  10. Erk's Blood

    I’m 0-14 in Jacksonville (37 years old), so I don’t share your enthusiasm. By the way, the reason that our home schedule is so bad is that we play our biggest rival in the state of florida every year. You can’t have it both ways.

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  11. Erk's Blood

    Don’t worry. ’09 was my last year and I won’t be back. The whole experience was traumatizing.

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    • Boy, doing the math there, you’ve really had to work at it.

      Not only did you miss the modest Murray-led win streak, you also managed to avoid the wins in ’07, ’04 and ’97. Pretty awesome timing.

      If they ever do move the series to home-and-home, you might want to think about selling your ticket for the UF game. 😉

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    • Jeff Sanchez

      08 for me. Maybe the last one ever. In about 15 trips, only seen one win in 04

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  12. PTCDAWG

    Good to hear…now beat the Gators..

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  13. Lake City Gator

    Gators are 21-6 against UGA since 1990. Yep I say that whole thing in JAX is working out real well for y’all.. Keep going down to JAX getting beat year after year and spending your money in the state of FL. We love you guys for coming down for the yearly beating and boosting the FL economy!! LOL

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    • Ah, that’s right, 1990, the year UF commenced playing football.

      Part of your 21 wins is a 2-0 mark when the series went home and home, so that’s not much of an improvement.

      As far as spending money goes, genius, UGA is getting millions of dollars from the city of Jacksonville, which, the last time I checked, is located in Florida.

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      • Lake City Gator

        Your porogotive to call me a “genius” but the city of Jacksonville business’ (including mine) are reaping all the dollars that Dawg fans come down here and spend. I guess y’all wouldn’t like for us Gators to come to ATL and spend our money there??? You guys had the upper hand prior to 1990 no doubt about it but this game is what have you done for me lately. The last 27 years – is that long enoug?- UGA hasn’t done squat against UF. I almost feel sorry for y’all until I start thinking about how y’all beat us before Spurrier. The truth hurts – your entire athletic program overall is mediocre!! It is evident that your leadership at your university accepts mediocrity. Does your president and ad even really care anymore?

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        • My point on the money is that it’s a two-way street. If the series went home-and-home, it wouldn’t be as financially productive. Also, there are plenty of fans who spend their money in south Georgia instead of Florida for that trip.

          As far as enlightening us about the mediocrity of the athletic department goes, I’m afraid you’re a little slow on that front. Just read this blog for the past year or two — we’re way ahead of you there.

          Have a nice day.

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          • Lake City Gator

            Not enlightening ….. just stating a fact we have known for many years here. Like I said the truth must hurt. When we sucked it hurt – we know how you feel, but your ad and president must actually do something about it. History just keeps repeating itself over and over. By the way I openly admit that over the last 20 years UGA had better teams than us but we absolutely KNOW that y’all CANNOT beat us in JAX on a consistent basis!! We KNOW we are going to win in JAX and y’all are HOPING to win in JAX. The game in JAX has become mental for both teams – mentally good for us and mentally bad for y’all. Hard to beat a team that plays with confidence.

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            • over the last 20 years UGA had better teams than us…

              LMAO. Now you’re bullshitting.

              Dude, I totally admit the game is in Georgia’s head. Is there really any need to embellish?

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              • Lake City Gator

                Just stating a FACT – like it or not – it’s TRUE!!

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                • UF’s ’96 team wasn’t better than Georgia’s? Meyer’s two national championship teams weren’t better than Georgia’s?

                  Were there some years in that stretch when an inferior Florida team beat the Dawgs? Sure. But for the entirety of a 20-year stretch? If you really believe that, you are delusional. Otherwise, you’re bullshitting.

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                  • Lake City Gator

                    I didn’t communicate correctly then….I meant there were SOME UGA teams better than UF teams that still got beat. Yes overall UF has had many teams better than UGA. An example would be in 1992 when y’all had Zeier, Hearst, Hastings, etc all and still lost. No way y’all should have lost that game. No way y’all should have lost to us Muschamps last year here either.

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                    • And y’all shouldn’t have lost to UGA in ’97.

                      Look, I get it. The game is in Georgia’s head. Best evidence for that is all the whining Richt did about the weather. Making excuses before you play the game is a not a good sign.

                      I’m really not sure what we’re arguing about here.

                      Jacksonville isn’t the problem. The way Spurrier flipped the mindset of both is. And going home-and-home wouldn’t change that.

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                    • Mayor

                      Senator, you are blind. In denial. Head buried in the sand on this issue. The FU guy is speaking the truth and you simply cannot (or will not) admit that he is right. You, and all those guys who prefer to have a really nice beach trip in the fall over winning the game, are the problem. You want to see the problem–go look in the mirror. All your talk about how much money Georgia makes because that game is in JAX each year—YOU are just as bad as B-M! You justify all the same monetary things that B-M does. Then you point to one game 25 years ago when SOS and the Gators waxed the Dawgs in Athens to justify not playing FU home and away. Big sample size Bluto, with one of the worst UGA HCs in history leading our team at the time of that game. Go stick your head in the sand for another 28 years. You’ll learn about as much as you know now. Why don’t you take a poll about what fans of other SEC schools think about UGA’s WLOCP arrangement? I already know the answer to that because I have a whole bunch of in-laws who are Bama fans. They think we are NUTS to allow this arrangement with FU and JAX to go on like it has –for as long as it has. But hey–what do they know? Their team just wins a natty every other year on average.

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      • ugafidelis

        I hate to agree with him Senator, but every Dawg fan under 40 (0-10 year olds in the 80’s don’t count) has never really seen us do squat against them and it’s tough to watch. And it’s even tougher to get motivated about​ going to Jax to watch “The War for the Oar” or “The River City Shootout” or whatever name they try to bring up to avoid calling it The WLOCP. I for one don’t want the game moved but it’s hard to revel in the glory days when you’ve never really experienced them.

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        • Shit, who needs Jacksonville to have trouble getting motivated? How motivated were you after the Nicholls and Ole Miss games last year?

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          • ugafidelis

            I know I know. The damn Gator game is just a sore subject with me. Sorry.

            I often remember something I read on here about ‘the inevitable kick in the nuts.’ And frankly, my balls hurt haha.

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        • Jeff Sanchez

          Yep. We have a Gator here openly mocking us for continuing to stupidly do this (and he’s not the only one, trust me) but we stubbornly stick to the “tradition” of dirt-lot, underpass tailgating and October SSI golf.

          And I’m 45 and a former Redcoat before ya’ll start that “youngin” nonsense.

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          • I’ve been waiting for more than ten years at the blog for the first person to prove that the only reason Georgia loses to Florida is because of where the game is played.

            I’m still waiting.

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          • By the way, as far as your crack about the “tradition” of dirt-lot, underpass tailgating goes, in Athens, I tailgate in an effing parking lot that a friend of mine pays a lot of money to access each year. Is that better?

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            • Jeff Sanchez

              Yes. Because it’s a home game.

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              • ugafidelis

                And like I said, I’d rather get whipped in Jacksonville than get whipped in Athens haha.

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                • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

                  More to the point, I’d rather go to Jacksonville than Gainesville. I actually like the tailgate situation in Jax. It’s much more organized and fan friendly than Athens. It would nice if there a tree here or there, but it’s ample and gives easy access to the stadium. I am more than willing to get on ADGM’s case about a lot of things, but this isn’t one of them.

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          • Roterhals

            Well at least he threw us a compliment by saying our athletic program is mediocre.

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  14. Castleberry

    I wonder if the powers that be have ever given any thought to putting the game up for bid. If we’re traveling to Jacksonville why not New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Nashville, or Charlotte? I guess when you’ve got free labor you don’t have to worry too much about getting market value for your product.

    And don’t come back at me with any bull about tradition. You can talk to me about that after we play our SEC East rival Missouri in Sanford this fall.

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  15. By the wat I’m unhappy about it. B-M gets paid and the Dawgs show up in JAX for their annual whipping which takes them out of the SECCG and out of the 4 team playoff. How is Georgia any different in this situation from the cupcakes we pay to come to Sanford?

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  16. I never thought I would say this but I am moving slightly towards just doing a home and home.

    Yes, my four student years at Jax were awesome….but I do think it may be smarter to just start going back and forth.

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  17. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    My preference is for the game to stay in Jax. The Cocktail party is, in my opinion, one of college football’s great traditions. I think CBS agrees, the number of times they’ve picked up the game. However, I sat through the game in Athens when Spurrier ran up the score. It would make me happy if we had a shot at revenge for that and got it in Athens.

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    • Mayor

      JC, wasn’t the Iron Bowl a great tradition when it was played at Legion Field in Birmingham? Bama beat Auburn like a drum (with a few notable exceptions) until Pat Dye finally had the balls to say “enough!” They made that game home and away and voila, Auburn started beating Bama regularly. Sometimes it just takes a change of venue to shake things up. But they still play that game every year and they still call it the Iron Bowl. If the WLOCP moved to home and away they would still call it the WLOCP and it would still be a great tradition.

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  18. I love the golf and the food and the beaches….

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  19. ….but I like decent home schedules more

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  20. southernlawyer11

    I would think it insanely foolish if an SEC west team were to play LSU in a “neutral” superdome every year. No matter how much I understood the fun those fans have in NOLA.

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