The rumor about a UGA-Michigan home-and-home series in 2010-2011 published online by the Michigan Daily, the student-run newspaper in Ann Arbor, appears to be mostly wishful thinking on the part of folks in maize and blue.
The gist of the rumor is that Michigan wants a big-name opponent for its 2010 opener, which will be the dedication game of the newly updated Michigan Stadium. The Michigan Daily’s sports blog, the Game, quotes unnamed sources as saying Georgia’s being talked to.
As much as we’d love to see the Dogs revisit the scene of their historic 1965 upset of the Wolverines, there are some major and perhaps insurmountable obstacles in the way of such a deal, at least for next year and 2011.
First, Georgia has an opening game scheduled against Louisiana-Lafayette in Athens and currently only has five home games set for next year and is looking for another. On top of that, they already have a road game against Colorado scheduled for 2010 and aren’t likely to undertake two away games against BCS conference opponents in the same season. (Can you imagine what Mark Richt would say about that?)
So to open at Michigan next season would require wholesale revamping of the schedule, unlikely to happen at this late date — though, of course, not impossible, especially if CBS or ESPN were to make it financially worthwhile for everyone involved. However, another problem is that the Dogs already have a full schedule for 2011, so would have to get someone (probably Louisville) to move to another year in order to accomodate a visit from Michigan.
Bottom line: It’s a fun matchup to talk about, but it’s about as likely as Georgia Tech fans staying on their own blog.
Now, down the road would I like to see Georgia visit Ann Arbor? Oh, yeah.