Future Schedules Offer Revelatory Peek

Future Schedules Offer Revelatory Peek

Han Vance on Georgia football:

2019:
Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt (1-0, 1-0 SEC)
Sept. 7 vs Murray State (2-0, 1-0 SEC)
Sept. 14 vs Arkansas State (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
Sept. 21 vs Notre Dame (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
Sept. 28 BYE (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
Oct. 5 at Tennessee (5-0, 2-0)
Oct. 12 vs South Carolina (5-1, 2-1)
Oct. 19 vs Kentucky (6-1, 3-1)
Oct. 26 BYE (6-1, 3-1 SEC)
Nov. 2 Florida 3:30p CBS -JAX
Nov. 9 vs Missouri (TBA) -ATH
Nov. 16 at Auburn (TBA) -Aub.
Nov. 23 vs Texas A&M (TBA) -ATH
Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech (TBA) -ATL
Dec. 7 SEC Championship 4p CBS -ATL
Dec. 28 College Football Playoff ~ Peach Bowl (ATL) or Fiesta Bowl (PHX)
Jan. 13 CFP Final ~ National Championship -NOLA

2020:

Week 1: Virginia (-Atlanta)

Week 2: East Tennessee State

Week 3: @ Alabama

Week 4; UL-Monroe

Week 5: Vanderbilt

Week 6: Auburn

Week 7: @ Missouri

Week 8: BYE

Week 9: Florida

Week 10: @ South Carolina

Week 11: Tennessee

Week 12: @ Kentucky

Week 13: Georgia Tech

Tradition flies out the window in 2020 with Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky to the back of the Georgia football schedule and Auburn the new middle. The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry remains intact with an extra home game on the Auburn side still not repaid. In what Kirby perceives to be of program benefit, Georgia won’t have at Auburn and at Tech to close out regular season campaigns every other year. Speaks to the significance of all of the four major Georgia rivalries: Florida, Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, with South Carolina and Clemson, respectively also and still, rivals of sorts. The Georgia-Alabama rivalry is the fastest-growing in the old sport of college football.

Sadly, no name brand national opponent outside our conference is set to visit Athens until 2026 after CANINES vs CATHOLICS of 2019. Seven years is way too long of an itch for this to happen again, which further shows how slowly college football changes even when it wants to, and even then it is only old basketball school UCLA paying back a 2025 trip to the Rose Bowl for a sure Redout (the school is in tony Westwood and they play home games out in the venerable, mostly-empty stadium in lovely Pasadena).

Besides playing at Georgia Tech under the Midtown Atlanta skyline, Georgia has not fared that well in my hometown of Atlanta. Winning a higher percentage of games actually played in downtown, in a dome, would enhance the growing national reputation of the football program. (No, Midtown is NOT Downtown Atlanta.)

When Georgia has played name teams outside the conference in the regular season “lately” it has not been sheerly amazing, either. 1-0 UNC; 1-1 Boise State; 1-1 Clemson; 1-1 Colorado; 1-1 Oklahoma State; 2-0 Arizona State; 2-0 Notre Dame. Had Notre Dame – trailing by just six with the ball at the 40 late in Athens – found a busted coverage on one side of the field, the Dawgs would be just two games over .500 in such meetings, and UNC, Arizona State and Colorado were to varying degrees relatively downtrodden football programs when Georgia got them. An emerging UCF also beat Murray’s UGA in a bowl.

A fortunate win at South Bend (20-19) remains the regular season signature moment.

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Notable opponents: 2021 none; 2022 Oregon (in ATL); 2023 at Oklahoma; 2024 Clemson (in ATL); 2025 at UCLA; 2026 UCLA (Athens); 2027 at FSU; 2028 at Texas and FSU (Athens); 2029 Texas (Athens) and at Clemson; 2030 Clemson (Athens); 2031 Oklahoma (Athens); 2032 Clemson (Athens); 2033 at Clemson.

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