Alabama returning to Athens in ’15 in SEC schedule rotation

Alabama will be coming to play between the hedges again in 2015.

The Crimson Tide will visit Georgia for the first regular season meeting between the teams since Sept. 27, 2008. It will also be just the sixth game between the schools since 1995.

The game is part of a 12-year rotation of cross-division football opponents released by the Southeastern Conference on Monday. Conference athletic directors reconfirmed the rotation at their May meeting, the league said.

Georgia is already playing Arkansas (in Little Rock) this season. The rotation for Georgia also includes: at Ole Miss in 2016, home against Mississippi State in 2017, at LSU in 2018, home vs. Texas A&M in 2019 and at Alabama in 2020.

Georgia and Alabama met in a classic SEC title game in 2012 when the Bulldogs were left five yards away from the BCS national title game following a 32-28 loss.

Alabama ruined Georgia’s “Blackout” game in Athens in 2008, running out to a 31-0 halftime lead and leaving with a 41-30 victory over a No. 3 Bulldogs team.

The game will certainly add some pizzazz to what fans have viewed as a lackluster Georgia 2015 home schedule that has nonconference opponents Southern (La.), Louisiana-Monroe and Georgia Southern.

The SEC decided last month to stick with an eight-game league schedule, something the ACC followed suit with at its recent meetings.

Here is Georgia’s complete 12-year rotation
2014 at Arkansas; 2015 vs. Alabama; 2016 at Ole Miss; 2017 vs. Mississippi State; 2018 at LSU; 2019 vs. Texas A&M; 2020 at Alabama; 2021 vs. Arkansas; 2022 at Mississippi State; 2023 vs. Ole Miss; 2024 at Texas A&M; 2025 vs. LSU.

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