Most schools play their main rival the last game of the season – and they usually have an open date before it in order to prepare and have more time for injured players to heal.
It’s a good thing that Georgia has an open date this week. Otherwise, the Bulldogs’ freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, hurt against Auburn last week, might not face Georgia Tech if the game were today.
He is expected to be ready by next Saturday.
Georgia has had an open date prior to 17 of its past 25 games against Georgia Tech.
Since teams began playing 12-game schedules, it has become more difficult to secure open dates.
Georgia’s first 12-game schedule was Mark Richt’s debut as coach in 2002, but it went back to 11-game slates in 2004 and 2005.
The home field has usually been an advantage in the series. Georgia and Georgia Tech have played 103 games (Georgia leads 60-37-5).
The first four games were in Athens, but the next 19 games were in Atlanta because of the construction of Grant Field, which seated much more than Georgia’s old field.
But when Georgia built Sanford Stadium in 1929 (seated 30,000 then) the games began rotating.
Grant Field now is called Bobby Dodd Stadium and it seats 60,000, which is one of the smallest in the country for a major team.
Incidentally, the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback coach is a University of Georgia graduate: Brian Bohannan, who lettered as a wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 1990-93.
• Dan Magill is a contributing columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.