Who should Dogs play at Georgia Dome?

Damon Evans thinks Mark Richt would be on board for a Kickoff Classic. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Damon Evans thinks Mark Richt would be on board for a Kickoff Classic. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

As UGA beat reporter Tim Tucker notes, athletics director Damon Evans talked on this week’s “Bulldog Hotline” radio show about wanting at some point for the Dogs to open a football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. “It’s something I’m definitely interested in,” Evans said, adding that coach Mark Richt, who sometimes chafes at some of Evans’ scheduling, “has some interest in it as well.”

He recognizes that schools like Alabama that have played in the classic get a recruiting edge out of an Atlanta appearance and the uncontested prime-time TV spot.

UGA and Georgia Tech turned down a chance to move next year’s in-state rivalry game to the Kickoff Classic, so unless the Dogs were to dump their scheduled 2011 opener in Athens against Louisville — highly unlikely since giving up a home game would cost UGA money and alumni good will — it’s going to be a while before this comes to pass. Evans said it’s a matter of “trying to get it to fit the schedule.”

As long as Georgia participating in the Kickoff Classic takes the place of a road game and doesn’t cut back the number of home games in Athens, I’m all for it.

As for who the Dogs should play, well, the Kickoff Classic is set up as an SEC vs. ACC showcase, so that limits the field. LSU is playing North Carolina in this year’s game and Tennessee and North Carolina State are set for 2012, but I can’t see the Bulldog Nation getting too excited about playing either of them. Same goes for Boston College, Wake Forest, Maryland or Duke. And Virginia we’ve seen way too many times in bowl games.

No, it would have to be Clemson, Miami or Florida State to make this game anything special to the faithful in red and black. And I believe there’s not much question about which of those teams UGA fans most would like to see the Dogs play: Clemson, a longtime rival that used to occupy a regular spot on the schedule every year.

Georgia vs. Clem & Son in the Dome would be a great way to open any season — again, as long as it wasn’t in place of a home game in Athens.

Do you agree? Would you rather see the Dogs take on the Canes or Noles? Or would you rather see UGA continue to use that schedule spot to visit places like Arizona or Colorado?

SPEAKING OF RIVALS …

Georgia’s injury-plagued Diamond Dogs limp into Russ Chandler Stadium tonight to play the No. 3-ranked Yellow Jackets, who should be a heavy favorite. But then again, this series has been kind of crazy that way, with the Dogs frequently upsetting more highly touted Tech teams. If you have CSS, they’ll be televising the game at 7 p.m.

Go Dogs!

180 comments Add your comment

Bubba

March 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Clemson!Traditional rival, sure win.

Blindog

March 16th, 2010
9:22 am

I hear ya Bubba,Clemsun is the best choice, a no brainer!!!

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

March 16th, 2010
9:26 am

Why Not Tech??

That way we can embarrass them in more than one place in Atlanta.

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DirtyDawg

March 16th, 2010
9:28 am

As noted on the ‘other’ blog on this…my vote is for Southern Cal – as soon as possible before they fire the little twerp. Tell me, is playing in a ‘Kickoff Game’ treated the same by the NCAA as a ‘Bowl Game’? Cause if it is, we’d better hurry before those guys get ‘probated’ and banned.

Bo williams

March 16th, 2010
9:32 am

I agree, middle-of-pack SEC vs middle-of-pack ACC. The football world can’t wait.

DawgsForever

March 16th, 2010
9:35 am

This article is misleading a little…Georgia Tech did not turn down playing UGA in the Dome. Tech was hoping to play UGA in the Dome but then revert back to a home and home series the following year. There was nothing in this proposal that benefitted UGA so we turned it down. Tech is trying to find a way to balance their schedule…right now they have Clemson, Virginia Tech, UNC and UGA all on the road next season and all home the following season. Tech was trying to move UGA to the alternate year to help sell season tickets for the odd years that currently only have Miami to draw up interest.

Bubba

March 16th, 2010
9:50 am

Actually, Bo, a mid-pack SEC team against a mid-pack ACC team wouldn’t be fair. You’d need a mid-level SEC team against the ACC champion …. oh wait, that wouldn’t be fair either.

JB

March 16th, 2010
9:50 am

FSU, Miami or Ohio state

SimpleDawg

March 16th, 2010
9:52 am

Clempson should be the opponent.

They’re a respectable ACC team and an old rival from back in the day. Clempson is trying to come back into Georgia for recruiting ….like they did back when they were good every year – back then, their best players usually came from Georgia.

Let’s bring them to the Dome and whup that ass so the recruits will know who would be the better school to attend.

Frank Lane

March 16th, 2010
9:56 am

I think a new rivalry, GA vs. FSU would be best to re-establish our recruiting presence in South Georgia. I think playing Clemson is a joke. Would rather add Miami.

Saint Simons

March 16th, 2010
9:57 am

Uga would love to play a team like Troy! Uga loves cupcake teams!

Cuz

March 16th, 2010
9:57 am

Duke for a tuneup game. I would have said Wake Forest but they have been kind of feisty lately.

SOGADOG

March 16th, 2010
9:59 am

Stay out of the Dome, we need more home games. We have already given up a great home game every other year to go play Fla. in Jacksonville. That is enough. If we schedule Clemson, lets have a two game series and alternate between Sanford Stadium and Clemson’s stadium. This adds a home game against an old rival. I believe an even better two game series would be Ga. vs FSU and alternate between Tallahassee and Athens. The Seminoles are gaining an upper hand on recruiting against UGA, especially in football rich South Georgia, and the Dawgs need to challenge and beat the Noles. It also gives South Georgia Dawgs a chance to attend a close by game in Tallahassee.

SOGADOG

March 16th, 2010
10:00 am

Frank Lane, great minds think alike. I promise I didnt see your post before I entered mine.

Die Hard Can Fan

March 16th, 2010
10:02 am

UGA should play Miami since the two schools rarely ever play each other. Mark Richt also has ties to the “U”. If the game is played a few years down the road Miami will once again be dominating the college football landscape and teams from the SEC will not have any bragging rights. Miami is one of the few schools that will also play anybody at any location.

dude

March 16th, 2010
10:12 am

Play anybody in the Dome that time of year… hell its hot outside

dude

March 16th, 2010
10:14 am

Saint Simons – We already have GA TECH… enough cupcakes I’m on a diet already

foxandcoon

March 16th, 2010
10:16 am

Gatorguy

March 16th, 2010
10:18 am

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Bad Marinara

March 16th, 2010
10:21 am

CMR’s ties to FSU and Miami would make great story lines. Plus, we should play in the Dome for as much to keep Alabama and others out. Can Fan, let’s see the “Cans” win the crappy ACC before talking smack. (Go Whooping Cranes/blustery storms! Woop Woop! Phfewwww!)

Drew

March 16th, 2010
10:22 am

Personally, I’d like to see the dawgs play Miami.

GDawg

March 16th, 2010
10:25 am

We don’t need to play Clemson. I care much more about the future than the past and why would we play Clemson when we can play Florida State who is stealing all of our south Georgia recruits. I mean this game is all about getting better recruits right? Last time I checked Clemson wasn’t taking any of our recruits like Florida State is. Does Greg Reid ring a bell? Or Telvin Smith? If we can beat Florida State then maybe those recruits would reconsider and we would get more than 1 out of the top 10 recruits in the state like we did this last recruiting season. We need players not tradition!!!

Bubba Jump

March 16th, 2010
10:31 am

FSU
We need to re-establish south Georgia ties and it would start with a good whipping of FSU by UGA.

Ryno

March 16th, 2010
10:33 am

DA U! A Georgia/Miami matchup would be outstanding and might even provide a boost in South Florida recruiting if the Dawgs were to win.

1eyedJack

March 16th, 2010
10:33 am

FSU…If we can beat them then maybe some of the bandwagon fans here in S. Ga. will jump off the FSU bandwagon.

Reality

March 16th, 2010
10:35 am

They should schedule Wofford – that way ugag can get at least one win….. maybe.

Scout Dawg

March 16th, 2010
10:39 am

st simons, er gator guy your prolific use of parenthesis always gives you away. LOOSER.

SenoiaDawgs

March 16th, 2010
10:40 am

Miami or FSU. Bring USC from the west coast and really change it up. As for Clemson we will get to see them coming up again in a few years. Why add another game? I am all for tradition and rivalries but when the opportunity presents itself to play other big time schools you might as well jump on it. The U and FSU haven’t been all that lately but I am sure they will be back up in the top 15 by the time a game would be scheduled.

allan in texas

March 16th, 2010
10:41 am

Miami or Florida State.

bank walker

March 16th, 2010
10:43 am

Penn State, FSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas would all be sweet!

Dale

March 16th, 2010
10:45 am

We should pursue a game against BC. We owe them one.

Steve

March 16th, 2010
10:49 am

I agree with the Fla State or Miami choices, as both might help strengthen our south georgia and Florida recruiting efforts.

Dawg4Life

March 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Dawg4Life

March 16th, 2010
10:50 am

dang i guess not

The Truth

March 16th, 2010
10:51 am

Other than a 14 year period from 77-90 (12 actual contests), the Clemson series was a joke…FSU or Miami.

dawgfresh

March 16th, 2010
10:54 am

I definitely think FSU should be the choice. South Georgia needs to be UGA territory–not Florida State. Plus, FSU has a great fanbase in Atlanta that would make it an exciting game. Clemson is already on the schedule in a few years, and I don’t think the rivalry would be well served by playing in the dome. I would pay big money to see the Dawgs beat down the Noles.

Phoneguy71

March 16th, 2010
10:56 am

FSU, it has ties to Richt. It would improve recruiting. Nuff said. We’d stomp ‘em….. AGAIN (FYI Sugar Bowl).

how2fish

March 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Reality we play the Bugs we always have at least 1 win..thanks for playing..

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ozzfest

March 16th, 2010
11:11 am

BASED ON UGA SCHEDULER ARTUR JOHNSON GROSS IMCOMPEDENCE IN GETTING A “REAL” NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENT SCHEDULED, IT WILL PROBABLY BY 2024 BY THE TIME WE PLAY THE GAME…AND IT WILL PROBABLY BE AGAINST IOWA, SOUTH FLORIDA, OR TULANE.

….THREE OF GEORGIA’S 2010 HOME GAMES : LOUISIANA, IDAHO STATE, AND VANDERBILT. PERHAPS THE WORST HOME SCHEDULE EVER…..HELLO EBAY.

Dave from GT

March 16th, 2010
11:13 am

Joe M

March 16th, 2010
11:13 am

Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan, FSU, Miami.

Any of these would be great to play.

Need to figure out a way to play 6 at home and 1 in Dome.

Dave from GT

March 16th, 2010
11:15 am

or Florida…. twice in one year! automatic 3 loss season.

UGA Grad 09

March 16th, 2010
11:16 am

Reality: Come on man, we already have one guaranteed win on our schedule in November against the terd flies!

UGA Grad 09

March 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Dave from “the North Avenue Projects”: We could play Tech and at least have two guarenteed wins!

Dave from GT

March 16th, 2010
11:17 am

its nerd flies, son of UGAAAH

db

March 16th, 2010
11:17 am

why not let them open with UF? That way there will be no delusion throughout the season. They will have already lost one and here come the whiners! Fire this fire that, bench him, bench her… etc…

Bubba

March 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Whoever the opponent is, I hope it’s a quality team. We haven’t played a quality team in Atlanta in many years.

Dave from GT

March 16th, 2010
11:18 am

So 09, …… I guess you didn’t major in English (spelling). Cuttin’ down trees for a livin’, huh?

Dave from GT

March 16th, 2010
11:19 am

Hey Bubba, you sleepin’ with Grad 09?