A speculative look at Georgia’s 2020 schedule

Dean Legge does that here.  It strikes me as a fairly reasonable exercise.  The biggest question for now appears to be when the South Carolina and Vanderbilt games are scheduled.  A few observations:

  • I would assume that South Carolina would scream bloody murder at being forced to play Georgia and Clemson in back-to-back weeks, so here’s my vote for the ‘Dores being the Dawgs’ penultimate opponent.
  • They’re going to wind up playing Alabama and Auburn within a three-week period.  In other words, Georgia is being handed the exact situation Auburn demanded be changed for itself.
  • Tennessee and Vanderbilt are going to wind up remaining back-to-back games, just in November.
  • Legge says that the quid pro quo for playing Auburn on the road in 2012 and 2013 was indeed securing the bye week before Florida… which begs the question of what Florida threw in the pot with the conference when it secured the same privilege.

What are y’all’s thoughts about this?

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44 responses to “A speculative look at Georgia’s 2020 schedule

  1. Derek

    So Georgia and two weeks later Alabama EVERY YEAR in November is “exact[ly]” the same as Alabama then two weeks later Auburn in a single year? In September? When you’ve played no one else at all except cup cakes?

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  2. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “They’re going to wind up playing Alabama and Auburn within a three-week period. In other words, Georgia is being handed the exact situation Auburn demanded be changed for itself.”

    This is aggravating, of course. But there are a couple of silver linings/justifications: 1) the reason it isn’t the ‘exact’ situation Auburn demanded to be changed is that Auburn plays Bama every year and unless they change the current rotation we won’t; 2) if we are looking to be in the playoffs we’re going to play Bama twice that year anyway, and need to win at least one of those games, and putting a little distance between them improves the odds a little in my opinion.

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    • Not so fast, Bama having UGA and TN, plus the Western division schedule, makes them a non-favorite to be in Atlanta. They may make it there, but I wouldn’t make them a favorite to do so. You could say the same for UGA as well with AU and Bama added to an improved East. Fun times.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        TN? Really? Maybe someday, but in 2020? Ol’ Jermy will be earning his $$$ if he beats Bama in 20.

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      • ChiliDawg

        Tennessee = Arkansas. That’s the best cross-division opponent you could ask for, you throw them in there like it suggests they got a tough draw.

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  3. ugafidelis

    That’s going to be a well needed bye week.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    IF UF and UT improve, that might be a bear of a schedule…is Fromm still around?

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  5. Doug

    I’m relieved we have a relatively cakey game between the Bammers and the Barners, but I still see absolutely no reason why we should’ve agreed to this.

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  6. Mick Jagger

    So it’s conceivable we could play Bama 3 times in a season?

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Well, it would be nice if someone else would beat Bama for us, but yes, unless we beat them twice before the CFP are chosen, it is conceivable. Might as well beat them as anyone else.

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  7. At this point with 2 neutral site games (1 of which would have certainly been in Athens – UVa), the home schedule is going to suck.

    This is exactly why I hate that we’re giving away home games to play in Atlanta. I’m surprised GMcG didn’t sell the students and the season ticket base down the river this fall to move the Notre Dame game to Atlanta, so he could get $100+ per ticket.

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    • DawgPhan

      It wont be long before all the top games are held in NFL stadiums with on campus games being cupcakes and low end conference games.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        It basically will be the SEC coming full circle in a sense, where back in the day the Bama’s and Arkansas’ of the world were playing their biggest games in Bham and Little Rock, and away from campus.

        I don’t think the UGAs and Bama’s of the world will ever go to that model, but I definitely can see SCU and MSU type programs going this route.

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        • DawgPhan

          If someone offered McGarity WLOCP money for the UGA/UT game, I dont think he would turn it down.

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        • Debby Balcer

          The game in Little Rock was not in anyway similar to playing in an NFL stadium it was playing in off campus but that stadium was filled with the Razorback faithful from most Arkansas fans. Fayetteville is not exactly centrally locates in Arkansas.

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        • Bama played in the ‘Ham because Bryant-Denny was smaller. Remember the Iron Bowl was played in Birmingham because the Bear said he would never take a team to play at that Cow College. They played their last game in Legion Field in 2003 when BD was double decked.

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      • jhorne2000

        I’ve always read that these neutral site games are better money deals for the schools – I really don’t understand the economics of why that is. Sanford has more seats , and why should TV revenue be any more for neutral site? I’m lost on it

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        • stoopnagle

          The City of Jacksonville pays us more to play there each year than we make for a home game. Basically, we double our money with little out of pocket costs (because Jax also pays for travel) by giving up the home game every two years. (By we I mean UGAA).

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        • stoopnagle

          …and you can google about our first game in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff game vs Boise. UGA would have to be stupid to not take that deal: CFAKO and ESPN paid us, paid out the L’ville game, and gave us nearly all the tickets.

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    • PTC DAWG

      You may not want to hear it, but the PLAYERS like playing in the one off games in the NFL stadiums…Kirby says he likes it, and I suspect that is because it helps with recruiting.

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      • Then using your logic, let’s just implode Sanford for new academic space or dorms and play every game in MBS because the players like it.

        We play in an NFL stadium every October in case you forgot. There is no good reason other than money to play in a kickoff game in Atlanta. If everything works out, we play in the same building in December.

        Follow the money. If the money wasn’t good enough, there is no way GMcG would give up a home game for a kickoff game.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I never said the money wasn’t good….and we aren’t walking from our home stadium either, you know that too…just pointing out why Kirby likes these games every now and then. Don’t shoot the messenger..

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          • Tony Barnfart

            I don’t disagree with anything said above, but man ! Only in the world of college football do you renovate a game-day-only locker room to the tune of $60million and then go and move more of your gamedays away from said locker room. It’s pure insanity to me.

            I’ll never be one of those “I’m not going to watch” guys…….but a popping of some type of bubble wouldn’t hurt my feelings. It starts to feel pretty gross when the customer gets absolutely taken for granted and only a handful of dudes get an obscene amount of money, while everybody else gets zero.

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          • Why in the hell would we play UVa anywhere but Athens (sorry, Senator)? We would never agree to a home/home arrangement with them. There is no reason to play them in Atlanta.

            I get the Clemson and Oregon games in Atlanta. For Clemson, it’s a way to get a 3 game set. With Oregon, they want access to Atlanta, and Phil Knight probably wanted to get his school to play another Nike school.

            The bottom line is we already play a regular season game on a neutral field. Why we decided to do it again has nothing to do with the players and everything to do with money.

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      • southernboisb

        “PTC DAWG
        February 25, 2019 at 3:36 PM

        You may not want to hear it, but the PLAYERS like playing in the one off games in the NFL stadiums…Kirby says he likes it, and I suspect that is because it helps with recruiting.”

        Please. That is the same argument they say about Ga. high school fb playoff games in the Dome. Fact is it’s not true & a burden on teams who don’t live near Atlanta have to drive all the way there instead of having the game played @ the school stadium.

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    • ATL Dawg

      Don’t look now but the 4 years after 2020 aren’t any better.

      The 2020-2024 home schedules are the same old shit…the 5 non-Florida eastern division teams, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and a bunch of cupcakes. You could leave a slice of bread on the counter for 3 weeks and it wouldn’t be that stale.

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  8. sniffer

    Since we’ve crossed the Rubicon of conference intervention and interdiction, doesn’t it seem intuitive that the conference would want the marquee matchups to be level, rested and ready? CBS isn’t paying for Vandy/Mizzou ( well, yeah they are, but, work with me). It’s in the conference’s interest to “help” CBS with content management. Dam breeched, flood of schedule changes rushing down hill

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  9. DawgPhan

    Amazing that the instinct to play devils advocate is so strong with some posters that they take up for Auburn.

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  10. I didn’t like it at first because I was in the “why are we helping Auburn” camp, but slipping up to a SEC West team in October is easier to recover from than losing to a SEC East team in November. In that regard, I get it.
    I also recall seeing or hearing Kirby saying he’d like to have AU further away from the SECCG in the event we played them in it.

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    • Losing to an East team in November is easier to overcome … how? That makes no sense.

      I’ve come to the conclusion that Kirby knew this was going to happen and wanted to protect the off-week before Florida, so to be the good soldier, he said it’s ok.

      If losing to Auburn in November was so hard to recover from, how did we possibly end up in Atlanta in 2017? Win the SEC as a 1-loss team, and it doesn’t matter because you’ll be in the playoff.

      Bama lost to LSU and Auburn in November and won the national championship without even playing for their division.

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      • Russ

        Yeah, losing an SECE game in November will be pretty much impossible to overcome. We’ll have to have a cushion going into that game (which I expect to have for the near future at least).

        Losing to an SECW team doesn’t really matter if we win the East, just like in 2017.

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  11. Mayor

    Fire McGarity. Period.

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  12. Cojones

    This would be the year for the Auburn reciprocation, giving us 4 home SEC games. Without that return favor, we are off the scheduling ball. We will always bitch about the Jax game for as long as we don’t play 4 games with the SEC in Sanford.

    So, what else is new?.

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  13. South FL Dawg

    Play 9 SEC games

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  14. jhorne2000

    Just read Mike Griffiths article on Dawgnation…

    Anybody else think his argument is weak, and that he just comes off as a shill ?

    Doesn’t Tennessee have more experience by November, also ?

    Also , the way the Division champs are figured , cross division games are just as important as in division – except for the rare tie breaker scenario.

    Nice try Mike. We already have the bill of goods.

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  15. Jt (the other one)

    No one cuts off their noses to spite their face better than us and no one bends over better than McEars.

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