It’s no secret how much I detest the current version of conference scheduling the SEC has saddled us with. Today marks only the fifth visit between the hedges Alabama’s made in the last thirty years and if the conference sticks to its guns, we won’t see the Tide here again until – wait for it – 2027.
On the one hand, that is a ridiculously silly way for a conference to go about its business. On the other, as Will Leitch notes, the rarity of Georgia playing Alabama at home does make today’s meeting special in a way that couldn’t be in the context of a more regularly scheduled match up.
… Georgia is trying to reach a level it hasn’t in nearly three decades, and Alabama stands in its way, as Alabama always stands in everyone’s way.
The game is particularly monumental because it is so rare. The SEC’s schedule construction doesn’t have Alabama and Georgia playing again until 2020, and that will be in Tuscaloosa. The next time Georgia hosts Alabama likely will not be until 2027. My oldest son will get his driver’s license that year. He’s currently 3. They have long memories down here. No matter what happens in this game, it’ll resonate for decades to come. Will Saturday’s game become a touchstone event that culminates in Georgia football fans reaching the heights they’ve dreamed of for so long? Or will it cause everyone’s faces to fall, even 15 years from now? It will be everything.