Tomorrow, in future scheduling

Just around the corner…

UPDATE:  Per Seth ($$), there may be one more big piece of news coming.

There should be another big series announced soon: Georgia is deep in talks with Oklahoma about a home-and-home series, The Athletic has learned. Georgia was seeking a Big 12 opponent and Oklahoma, which Georgia played in the memorable 2018 Rose Bowl, has an open spot in 2023.

Oh, and let me add one more thing from Seth’s piece.

This is all part of a push by Smart and Georgia’s football office, the belief being that bold scheduling will be a plus in the era of the College Football Playoff. They also believe that in an era of dwindling attendance for weaker opponents, Georgia fans will respond well to strong home-and-home agreements.  [Emphasis added.]

Amen to that.  Whenever Kirby decides he’s tired of coaching, he’s got my vote to be Georgia’s athletic director.

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41 responses to “Tomorrow, in future scheduling

  1. Dawg in Austin

    Love it. Can we get 2021 done too?

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  2. ilini84

    The f/s applications came and it’s $250 for 7 games.

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  3. The Black Irish

    Im all for this. Im so tired of arguing with people about SEC scheduling. Playing Texas and Fsu in 28 and Texas and Clemson in 29. The only downside is losses to these teams could hurt playoff chances but by then the playoff could be expanded so it may be easier to get in.

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    • Otto

      I disagree with 2 P5 programs especially of this level with GT also on the schedule. I’d like 1 of those 2 and GT. Yes I know more cupcakes but I want titles not prime time TV.

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    • stoopnagle

      Don’t argue about what the SEC teams do. UGA has nothing to excuse. We schedule well and have since the advent of the 12th game.

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      • Dawg1

        If I recall, UGA has more games against power 5 OOC than any other team ever. We have scheduled big time for 100 years since Yale in the 20s!

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        • stoopnagle

          I went back and hammered it all out, but since the 12th game was made permanent back in ’06, I think, UGA has had no more than 3 seasons without two P5 OOC games (4 if you don’t count Boise) and 2 of those years were when we scheduled Georgia Southern. The only one with 3 truly craptacular OOC teams was 2018.

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  4. Just give Kirby the AD position now. The only shame with Kirby’s hiring is that it propped up that Gator stooge and kept him around longer.

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  5. NC DAWG

    Damn…wish they had done this 15 years ago

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    • Paul

      Damon Evans was scheduling home and home games with real teams before he became enamored with red, well you know. He caught a lot of crap for scheduling teams in the western time zone, but he had the right idea. Real games with real teams. I’d rather lose a good game to a real team than beat some division III team into submission by halftime.

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      • Otto

        I very much liked Damon Evans’ scheduling. I’d be for him coming back to Athens if it were the only thing he was in charge of.

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      • Doug

        I agree. The week I spent out in Phoenix leading up to the Arizona State game in ’08 was an absolute blast. And even though the Sun Devils didn’t live up to their billing that year, we still got a lot of credit for crossing three time zones to play ’em.

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    • CKS was not ready or available 15 years ago…..

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  6. ATL Dawg

    I love it.

    Gotta get a good home & home lined up during the 2020-2024 stretch. 5 years is too long to go without an interesting home game. Let’s hope Oklahoma fills that need.

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  7. Ed

    I would argue CKS is already the AD, and he may have taken on basketball recruiting too.

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    • Otto

      Football recruits are given ticket to Basketball games if they visit when it is in season. So… it makes sense to want to send them to an event with more than a hand full of fans with the excitement of a history exam.

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  8. McNease

    He already is AD.

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  9. Classic City Canine

    Strong props to Kirby and Co for realizing you need good games to get butts in the seats. Personally, I’d rather have a 9 game SEC schedule with GT, an occasional marquee OOC and 1-2 cupcakes but I will settle for this. However, I don’t really like the idea of 3 P5 OOC games a year. 2 would be better with 1 being GT.

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  10. tbia

    So, we are still sitting with a Big 10 school never having played in Sanford.

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    • Ricky McDurden

      That is a bizarre trivia fact (unless you count Maryland, though they were obviously not Big 10 when they came here or when we went up there). Equally bizarre is that UGA has only played in a Big 10 stadium twice before, both games in Ann Arbor against Michigan.

      We have never played Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, or Rutgers. Only played Ohio State once (bowl), Michigan (away both times) and Penn State twice (bowls). Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Purdue have all been bowl game matchups.

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      • Muttley

        I have to geek out here: Georgia lost at the U. of Chicago in 1922. They were in the Big Ten at the time. Whenever anyone calculates Georgia’s record against the Big 10, they get the number right but the opponents wrong, substituting the 1-1-83 loss to Penn State (not in the conference at the time) for this one.

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      • Otto

        But… UGA has visited Michigan twice and I believe Chicago when they were in the Big10.

        PAC teams have played in Athens but UGA has been to USCw 3 times without a return trip.

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  11. stoopnagle

    Yeah, when you consider the way they can raise McGill Society dollars with those precious away tickets to Texas and FSU, I’m surprised it took them this long to put it together.

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    • stoopnagle

      Keeping in mind we’re still selling out on season tickets for the most part – this is more about getting people to bump up their annual contributions for access to the away tickets. The upgraded scheduling for CFP purposes (is anyone buying that?) is a by-product.

      We had a shit OOC schedule last year and had we just showed better in Baton Rouge, there’s a fair chance we’d have been in the CFP.

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  12. We can’t make everyone happy. I can’t believe some here are complaining about this. As a season ticket holder, it certainly makes the package more valuable going forward.

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  13. stoopnagle

    I can think of better trips, but I won’t complain about more intriguing games.

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  14. W Cobb Dawg

    Sounds good. But I would’ve preferred a one time game in the Benz rather than going to FSU and Clemson. I suppose it comes down to the date we play.

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    • Matt B.

      You are nuts. Home & Home is true CFB. Blank Dome gets old after a while.

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      • Dawgoholic

        Agreed, so glad these are home and home. We go to the Benz plenty.

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      • Otto

        All depends on the era, many teams used to play big games in the largest city in the state or halfway.

        Neutral sites or off campus games went away for many teams in the late 60s and 70s.

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        • Otto

          Further True CFB is played where the most money is. UGA was blessed to have an annoying rival in the state Capital which resulted in a push to build a very nice on Campus stadium and the alums loved visiting their college town.

          Mississippi schools played big games for year in Jackson. Ole Miss played Tennessee in Memphis as recently as 1996 and Jackson, MS in 1986.

          So no true CFB is not always home and home.

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  15. Tlkdawg

    Always glad for a good OOC matchup and this is a natural one in my opinion. I am curious though, is it an NCAA rule that UGA must play the away game 1st?

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  16. CKS is not leasing the state of Florida, he wants out right ownership, has proven to recruit south fl, rakes FU over the coals…fsu is a dumpster fire for the most part right now…it’s gonna’ take several years to even regain a sniff of winning the recruiting battle after the current staff is dismissed, (all things being equal and fsu stays on it’s current trajectory) CKS will keep the staff recruiting at a high level…there is good reasoning to play texas and okkie

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Future out of conference home opponents:

      UT Martin
      Towson
      Florida State
      Eastern Washington
      South Alabama
      New Mexico State
      Samford
      USF
      Charlotte

      …and UF wonders why they’re having problems selling tickets.

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