“We are ecstatic about having Georgia and Oregon.”

It’s official.

College football teams from near and far – Georgia and Oregon – will meet in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the start of the 2022 season.

The SEC and Pac-12 teams have signed contracts to play one another in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game that year, the event’s chief executive said Tuesday.

“Both coaches wanted to do it, and we got with the athletic directors and were able to put a deal together,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc, which runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games.

For some reason, I don’t have the same reaction to this as I did the announcement about the Notre Dame series.  I wonder why that is.


Filed under Georgia Football

52 responses to ““We are ecstatic about having Georgia and Oregon.”

  1. Chris

    Process 2.0.

    Home and home would have been fun, but the process don’t care about fun. Primetime kickoff games are good marketing for the program.


    • If I remember correctly, the ND game was on in prime time. You can have both if you want it.


      • Chris

        Primetime kickoff games like the Chick-fil-a kickoff.

        Always irked me when Bama would get all that free marketing (preseason hype and benefits of winning an early resume building game), especially when there was only one of those types of games back then.

        If anything, I’m happy Kirby is “blocking” that benefit/opportunity from Bama and any other program trying to gain recruiting traction in the state.


        • ApalachDawg

          Last paragraph- spot on


          • Otto

            Agreed, I am fine with this and it is a season where GT comes to Athens which is the year UGA ideally plays a nonConf game away from Athens.

            I would like a few of these a decade mixed with ND, UCLA, and Clemson type home and aways.


  2. Derek

    I’ll take it.

    Get the TX game down and maybe a couple of games with Clemson in between and we’ll be all set.


  3. dawgtired

    “For some reason, I don’t have the same reaction to this as I did the announcement about the Notre Dame series. I wonder why that is.”

    Playing in South Bend vs playing in Atlanta? I think I know why.

    Off topic: Rodrigo Blankenship, from walk-on who nearly lost his job to ESPN’s pre-season All American Team 🙂


  4. Granthams replacement

    Playing game one in AC 40 minutes from home sounds good to me. Eugene doesn’t appeal to me like South Bend. If a trip to Austin, TX is on the table, it’s worth every penny.


  5. stoopnagle

    Game at Autzen Stadium sandwiched by days in Portland, sampling the craft beer scene, checking out Heyward Field… yeah, I could use that in my life.

    At least we get a great game to start ’22.


  6. Russ

    Should be a good game for TV. I couldn’t care less about the “atmosphere” at the Benz. Would rather do a home and home. I enjoy going to these colleges I’ve never been to before. ASU, CU, ND were all fun trips.


    • Chickasaw

      Russ: I’ve been wondering if others were as underwhelmed by the Benz as me. Feels like an extra large, super noisy mall to me. Best parts last year were all the Dawg fans and beer. Otherwise, meh.


  7. SCMass

    Could be a heck of a game.

    It’s a long projection forwards, but the 2019 recruiting rankings have UGA and Oregon pretty darn high (#1 and #4 here): https://247sports.com/Season/2019-Football/CompositeTeamRankings/


  8. Bob

    I too would have preferred home and away. But I also much prefer this to what we have this year.


  9. Decatur Dawg

    At least the Benz pours beer.


  10. Raleigh St. Claire

    It’s starting to look like these neutral site games are finally phasing out a little. Even Bama has some big time home and homes on the radar. But…I’m fine with one every now and then if the other option is Austin Peay.

    But obviously home and homes with the likes of UCLA and Texas are far more appealing.

    I really would like to see us schedule Washington, Penn State or Michigan.


    • Washington – meh. Other than their claim as Dawgs, nothing gets me thinking I want to make a trip to Seattle

      Penn State – that sounds great but State College isn’t exactly easy to get to. Need to get revenge for the 83 Sugar Bowl.

      Michigan – absolutely yes

      I would love to play the real USC, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.


      • Otto

        Washington is supposed to be an interesting tailgating experience with their Navy and view of the water from the stadium. A friend who is a USC fan says they are wine and cheese tailgaters lol but to go if you get the chance. I’d be up for it. I was at the Bama vs Washington playoff game in Atlanta, fans were nice enough especially in dealing with Bammers which have currently passed UF as the worst fan base in the SEC.

        Penn St the ice cream is supposed to be good. I would rather go to Happy Valley than the hole in the ground which is the Big House.

        USC, OU, and Nebraska agreed.

        I will add FSU. They are a natural rival and recruit against UGA anyways. I have also said a home and away with UNC would work, respected program, easy drive, an old rival, and UGA recruits the Carolinas very well.


        • I would love a home and home with the Heels. I’m ambivalent about FSU. We don’t recruit the panhandle/FloraBama that much. A series with FSU is better for them than us. I would rather use those slots for an ACC rival … Clempson.


          • Otto

            In a single home and home, I would argue that Clemson and FSU is about an equal trade off of benefits. UGA and FSU both recruit, Atlanta, South Georgia and all of Florida.

            I don’t want Clemson annually as they would benefit more than UGA.


            • I don’t want to play Clemson annually. That would kill our ability to schedule OOC games. I understand the point of view of FSU vs. Clemson. We should play the Tigers home and home every 10 years.


      • Washington and seattle are a great place to visit, especially early in the football season. Now going to play there in November-nope, sat through too many games there in Nov. to want to do it again. Anyway, all you folks go visit Oregon and Washington-beautiful scenery. Oceans to mountains to desert.


        • I think it would be a great trip. There are just so many other places I would prefer over Washington.


        • Macallanlover

          Agree, Washington would be another great home and home, there are so many. We need an AD that can roll his sleeves up and get some of these done, no excuse for this crap 2018 schedule.

          One place we don’t need, Michigan. They still owe us a trip to make up for 1965. Harbaugh likes to bring his players south, let him try Athens on for size.


    • PTC DAWG

      No yankee teams…


  11. ChiliDawg

    For some reason the rumor that a home and home was in the works didn’t make sense to me. I was really excited the last time we scheduled a home and home with Oregon (wasn’t it supposed to be 2018/2020?) but that got canceled. Didn’t see why they’d suddenly change their minds. It’s a shame because Oregon is absolutely, hands down, the most beautiful state in the US, and that trip to Eugene would be a fantastic experience for Georgia fans.

    These neutral site games are just kind of ho hum. Fewer available tickets, more expensive, and less atmosphere. Boooooo. Boo I say!


  12. John Denver is full of shit...

    Maybe we can play Austin Peay again that year, week 2 perhaps?


  13. PTC DAWG

    Sounds good to me….


  14. I hate these games played at the Dome. Cost me a game as a season ticket holder. Play the damn games in Athens – Home and Home. Not Atlanta and Oregon.


  15. Hobnail_Boot

    I’ll limit my wish list to one per conference:

    ACC: Virginia Tech
    Big Ten: Wisconsin
    Big Twelve: WVU
    PAC 12: Stanford
    SEC: Texas A&M

    Bonus: Army