Georgia’s marquee non-conference game may be no more, the SEC has instructed Georgia, along with Tennessee, not to play its home-and-home against the Sooners. Georgia was scheduled to visit Oklahoma on Sept. 9 next season, with Oklahoma returning in 2031.
Georgia announced that it will play Ball State next season in Athens, Ga., as opposed to taking on the Sooners. Oklahoma has filled the game against Georgia with SMU.
“The Southeastern Conference has directed the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee to postpone scheduled football games versus Oklahoma because the transition of Oklahoma into the SEC will not allow for the involved institutions to fulfill their respective contractual non-conference home-and-home. appearance obligations.” the statement said.
Oklahoma is set to join the SEC in 2025, along with the Texas Longhorns. Georgia also has a home-and-home against Texas scheduled for 2028 and 2029.
The Bulldogs have scheduled non-conference games against UT-Martin, UAB and Georgia Tech set for next season.
Georgia has made it a point to schedule marquee non-conference games under Kirby Smart, with Georgia playing Oregon in Atlanta this past season. The Bulldogs dominated that game, winning 49-3 against the Ducks.
Under Smart, Georgia has picked up non-conference wins against Clemson, North Carolina and Notre Dame as well.
“It’s never changed for us,” Smart said before facing Oregon. “It has always been my philosophy to go play quality opponents, Power-5 opponents, a good matchup. I don’t care if it’s home and home. I don’t care if it’s a neutral site. Go play a good team that helps your team get better. When you play in the SEC, you’re going to run the gauntlet anyways. What’s playing one more good, physical team. We don’t run from that at Georgia. We try to embrace that.”
The Bulldogs visit South Carolina this week, with the game set for a 12 pm ET kickoff. Playing quarterback for the Gamecocks will be former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler.
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