MEMPHIS—Georgia and Ohio State have signed a “memorandum of understanding” for a home-and-home football series in 2020 and 2021, Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity said today.
The traditional powers will play in the first couple of weeks of those seasons.
“I know that’s a long time away, but the bottom line is you’ve got to have some of those things in place,” McGarity said. “I think those are the kind of games you’d like to schedule periodically.”
McGarity would like Georgia to play seven home games every season, but also wants to schedule a “big-time, traditional opponent,” every eight to 10 years.
Georgia and Clemson are already scheduled to play in 2013-14.
“Our fans kind of like that and I think our players do too, but not every year,” McGarity said.
McGarity said Michigan and Notre Dame were not interested in feelers sent out by Georgia.
Georgia and Ohio State have played once before in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. Georgia won that game, 21-14.
McGarity said it has yet to be determined if the first game will be in Athens or Columbus.
McGarity said this matchup is more attractive than the cancelled series with Oregon because fans could drive to Columbus.
“I think it’s pretty exciting to be able to go there,” McGarity said. “We’ve never played in Columbus.
McGarity said he talked to coach Mark Richt about possibly scheduling an opponent like Ohio State months ago and “he’s all for it.”
“I think it’s something you can look forward to, any eight year olds out there looking forward to playing in the game,” McGarity said. “It’s a long time away. I think those are the things that are important to your program.”
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