Who’s up for a trip with the Dogs to Ann Arbor?

A trip to the Big House certainly would be memorable for Dogs fans. (University of Michigan)

A trip to the Big House certainly would be memorable for Dogs fans. (University of Michigan)

Returning from vacation for the short holiday week, I’m greeted by lots of rumors about one or two Bulldogs players likely being academically ineligible for the bowl game (is that why Caleb King was working as the fourth-string tailback in Monday’s practice?) and talk of Greg McGarity possibly scheduling some big-name Midwestern teams down the road.

Since we don’t yet have any official word on the former, let’s talk about the latter.

In a story first reported by the Dawgs247 site, McGarity confirmed that preliminary discussions have taken place with Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State about the prospect of one or more of them scheduling a home-and-home series with Georgia in the future.

“We’d love to do a home-and-home with a Big Ten or Midwestern school that has a rich tradition,” McGarity said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can to make that happen. Hopefully, within the next year, we’ll be able to have something in writing.”

Greg McGarity is looking to add the occasional Midwestern powerhouse to the Dogs' schedule. (University of Georgia)

Greg McGarity is looking to add the occasional Midwestern powerhouse to the Dogs' schedule. (University of Georgia)

The report said that while the earliest Georgia could potentially add a two-year series of this caliber would be after an existing home-and-home series with Clemson ends in 2014, McGarity said such high-profile scheduling would likely occur “way down the road.”

This obviously is the kind of exception McGarity alluded to earlier in the season when he first announced he preferred a cupcake-heavy seven-home-game schedule model for the Dogs. As he told the Athens Banner-Herald early in November, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State are the types of nonconference home-and-home series he wants to sign. But, he added, “we’d do that periodically. It’s got to be at the right time and against the right opponent that has the same rich tradition of college football as the University of Georgia.”

As opposed to your Louisvilles, for instance.

None of the four possible opponents mentioned in the Dawgs247 report have ever played a game in Sanford Stadium, and Georgia has only ever played one of them, Michigan, during the regular season, visiting Ann Arbor in 1957 and in 1965, when Vince Dooley’s second team shocked the nation with a 15-7 upset of the mighty Wolverines and what seemed like half the town turned out to greet the returning Dogs at the Athens airport.

That’s a memory that still gives me goosebumps and is one reason I lean toward Michigan as the team I’d most like to see the Dogs add to their schedule. But trips to Columbus, Happy Valley or South Bend would be pretty cool, too.

So what do you think about scheduling home-and-home series that would see the Dogs playing teams like this in the regular season as opposed to bowl games? And which team would you most like to see on Georgia’s schedule?

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Daniel's Dawgs

December 21st, 2010
10:25 am

Lets do it!!!!!!!

nickz

December 21st, 2010
10:25 am

nickz

December 21st, 2010
10:25 am

maybe not…UGA would own all 4 of those schools, but I’m all for it!

Tony Barnfart

December 21st, 2010
10:27 am

geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer dun

rincon dog

December 21st, 2010
10:29 am

im up for it. But we cant even win in our on conference.

JaxDawg

December 21st, 2010
10:34 am

As much as I can’t stand Notre Dame, I would sell my first born to get tickets to see the Dawgs play in South Bend.

dawginmemphis

December 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2010
10:36 am

I hadn’t heard that about King but I guess we’ll see whether or not it turns out to be fact or fiction.

On the Big X + II front, I’d have to say Ohio State and Michigan are the two to go after, in that order. Frankly, Ohio State is the big dog of the conference, and you wanna knock off the best if you’re gonna go out there.

Michigan is still a good program/team, but I’ll need to see a few more years of improvement to make me think Rich Rod actually has it together (he also has to beat Ohio State at least once).

Penn State’s just kinda there. I don’t remember them winning a Big X + II Championship since they’ve been there. I know they went to the Rose Bowl one year, but wasn’t that because Ohio State, the Champ, went to the BCSCG? I could be mixing up years, though. Either way, I just don’t care much about Penn State.

And Notre Dame? Gimme a break. Until they actually join a conference, they’ll continue to flounder like they have since 1993 because guess what? Recruits don’t remember Notre Dame actually having won anything of importance in their lifetimes. Why go there if you aren’t a super Catholic? So yeah, I could care less about Notre Dame, too.

Festivus Dawg

December 21st, 2010
10:41 am

I really want to schedule Georgia State to improve our SOS.

TRAVELDAWG

December 21st, 2010
10:41 am

Having any or all of those teams on future schedules, home and home, would underscore in bold Georgia’s rich football history and tradition. I would go in a heartbeat, and I believe 20,000 of my closest friends would go also. Let the contracts begin!

Dusty

December 21st, 2010
10:41 am

I don’t think McGarity has a clue.

He’s said his plan is to schedule easy non-conference foes.

This is really the Florida way–it’s the way you win consistently in the SEC.

McGarity is caught up in romantic visions instead of winning championships.

Ceasar

December 21st, 2010
10:48 am

Only if we drop fla!!!

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2010
10:50 am

That would be fantastic…if we win. If we lose…not so much.

dawgpound

December 21st, 2010
10:54 am

i’d rather figure out how to win a couple more games in the SEC East than worry with playing the Big 10. i think this is just a PR ploy by McGarity to offset his real plan – schedule cupcakes so we go to a good bowl when we lose to Muschamp and don’t make it to Atlanta

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Magnolia,Tx dawg

December 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Howdy Doody needs to work on better coaches rather than scheduling big name college teams.

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Michigan is about the only one of those we haven’t had the opportunity to whip in a bowl game in my lifetime.

D A Double U G

December 21st, 2010
11:05 am

BRING ON THE TECHIE HATERS….. remind us that we are 3-5 in the SEC this year, and 6-6 overall…..tell us that we wouldnever ever be ablco to compete with these schools…. tell us how we would be embarrassed on a national stage against these schools….

then take a deep breathe….. soak it all in….. and think to yourself, “the team i’m making fun of, beat us last year”

GO DAWGS!!! 2009 & 2010 STATE CHAMPS!!!

Sebastian

December 21st, 2010
11:05 am

HA! I’ll bet money that it would be Indiana and Northwestern.

Holy Cow

December 21st, 2010
11:06 am

you win some you lose some but I know a game with any one of Michigan, OSU, PSU, or ND would have me buying tics in a heart beat. Good idea! People worrying about whether or not scheduling like this would ruin a chance at a championship (or some nonsense like that) need to realize that match-ups like this and traveling to new venues with your family and friends to watch the dawgs square off against another school with great traditions is what college football is all about.

VA DAWG

December 21st, 2010
11:08 am

Just let me know when & where….I’ll be there! All four schools would be huge, regardless of the quality of the team because their programs are larger than the team they would field that year. GO DAWGS!

UGA1990

December 21st, 2010
11:08 am

I’m all in for a home and home against Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, USC in California, Nebraska, Penn State, or similar. We should play 1 of these national games a year, but should schedule them smarter. (Don’t schedule 2 in the same year and don’t have us playing at night way out west with Alabama the next Saturday afternoon!) The trips to Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado were fantastic even though we lost 2 of 3. Hopefully, this is the result of some backlash McGarity is getting for his comments regarding wimpy Florida scheduling plans.

robodawg

December 21st, 2010
11:09 am

Fantastic. The hype would be tremendous. It’s better for the fanbase and for the “brand” to play any one of these schools than, say, Louisville, Arizona St, Oklahoma St, or recent bowl opponents like Central Florida, Hawaii, or Purdue.

Bo

December 21st, 2010
11:10 am

I like it. UGA can (usually) play with any one of those teams. I’d love the opportunity to shut up some Ohio State fans and the exposure is always good for recruiting.

D A Double U G

December 21st, 2010
11:12 am

So many of you idiots are so fixated with the idea that firing Mark Richt is the ONLY answer to righting this ship….

I want you all to look down at Florida right now. When Urban left, Brantley instantly thought about transferring. A big name recruit de-commited yesterday. Muschamp cannot fins people wiling to be the Coordinators to save his life.

You guys watch what happens to Florida next year, and maybe then you will understand why we have our guy in Athens already.

You act like every school should be able to win a Nationsl Championship at will. There are 120 schools out there people. A National Championship is special, and takes a HUGE combination of skill and luck. If you want to expect one EVERY year and be mad you didn;t get it, get the heck out of the South and go be a NY Yankee fan.

GO DAWGS!!!! You are doing a great job McGarity!!!!

how2fish

December 21st, 2010
11:13 am

I say trade playing the Sisters of the Blind and Lame for a shot at any of those teams mentioned. Go Dogs!

D A Double U G

December 21st, 2010
11:16 am

So let me try and figure you “AJC Dawg fans” out….

A story hits about the Dawgs scheduling a cupcake: This upsets you and you rant and complain about the weakness of scheuling.

A story hits about the Dawgs scheduling traditional powerhouses: This upsets you and you rant and complain about the difficult scheduling.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO PLEASE SOME OF YOU!!!!!!! Please take off your G and NEVER wear it again.

GLORY, GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

how2fish

December 21st, 2010
11:17 am

@ D A Double U G good points !

sogadog

December 21st, 2010
11:25 am

Bad idea. Our goal should be to consistently win the SEC East. If we win the East we play for the SEC championship and if we win that we play for a national championship which is the ultimate goal. Playing Michigan or Notre Dame doesnt get us anywhere. We recruit in Georgia and the southeast so there is no recruiting advantage. We have got beat USC Florida and Tennessee on a consistent basis. We also need to beat Tenn and Fla in the same season. This has never been done under CMR.

rincon dog

December 21st, 2010
11:32 am

sogadog i agree.
all this is a play to sell more tickets.

HBTD

December 21st, 2010
11:34 am

rincon dog, how can you sell more tickets when every game is a sellout???

RxDawg

December 21st, 2010
11:39 am

“…and against the right opponent that has the same rich tradition of college football as the University of Georgia.”

Oh I’m sure those silly trolls are going to have a time with that.

As far as I’m concerned, I want every game to be a knockout. I want NO cupcakes, and I’m not even a season ticket holder ($$$’s). Honestly, it wouldnt hurt my feelings if division I football (or the FBS w/e) trimed the fat some and cut itself down to about 50 or so teams and only played within itself so every week was a good game.

59bulldawg

December 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Can we please get some better coaches or at least some better coaching first.

RxDawg

December 21st, 2010
11:42 am

Holy Cow
December 21st, 2010
11:06 am

Good post

notre dame in the dome

December 21st, 2010
11:44 am

most likely we would do notre dame or ohio state in chicago with a ga dome game the next year

RxDawg

December 21st, 2010
11:46 am

“… in chicago… ”

You mean in Rigley field so the offense can go one direction for both teams the whole game? :lol:

D A Double U G

December 21st, 2010
11:48 am

notre dame in the dome…….

Why would they want to play in the Dome? Notre Dame could get a bigger ticket allotment f they played in Sanford Stadium.

I think the point of these schedulings are to create a true HOME and HOME in order to create a true traditional sensed atmosphere. Not a preseason Bowl Game.

McDawg

December 21st, 2010
11:48 am

I would much rather go to Ann Arbor for a game than Columbus but getting tired of watching us chase QBs playing the spread

THE TRUTH

December 21st, 2010
11:51 am

WOW. Dont do this Georgia! Youve already embarrased this conference enough as it is… Maybe you should just move to the big ten. That way you might actually have a shot to win something…

D A Double U G

December 21st, 2010
11:52 am

I couldn;t tell you how excited I would be to travelto one of these games up North. I would assume they would be early in the season.

One thing I do not like about the State of Georgia College Football, is the fact that we are kind of jipped out of having a true Fall. Our first hoome game on Labor Day is usually 93+ degrees with 95% humidity. At this point in the year, I crave NOTHING MORE than a little chillin the air, and pulling out my red hoodie. To be able to take a trip up North where the temperatures and atmosphere will already have taken a turn toward Fall, would be a HUGE fix!!!! And it’s going to see MY D A Double U Gs!!!!!

JSS

December 21st, 2010
11:54 am

“in 1965, when Vince Dooley’s second team shocked the nation with a 15-7 upset of the mighty Wolverines”
Ha ha, Michigan had only 2 winning seasons in 5 years. Don’t let the facts get in way of keeping that myth alive…
1962 … 2-7
1963 … 3-4-2
1964 … 9-1 * Rose Bowl Champs
1965 … 4-6
1966 … 6-4
They sure were “mighty!”

David

December 21st, 2010
11:54 am

Why doesn’t UGA schedule games against Miami, FSU, Va Tech, or UNC? Those games would be far more interesting.

I-DOG

December 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

Would love to see any of those teams scheduled on a home and home. I thik it makes a lot of sense. Michigan, ND, and Penn State are all great programs that aren’t quite what they were 10-15 years ago, but it still looks impressive on the schedule and would garner a lot of attention and respet (a lot more than Boise State). Any one of them could turn it around in a hurry and be top 10 teams the year we play them, but I like the idea of playing one of those 3 in a home and home. We played Ohio State in a bowl game or two a lot more recently than we played the other three, so OSU would be my least favorite of the 4. Also, they have the best team year and in and year out of the 4 and UGA isn’t exactly hitting on all cylinders right now.

This would be great for UGA and the fans

rxdawg79

December 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

If it ends up being Michigan, make them come to Sanford FIRST. They turned yellow, excercised the buy-out , and refused to make the return visit. Can’t trust them not to do it again.

sure, with a new coach

December 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

mcgarity is keeping the heat on Coach Mark Ray Donnan. He schedules Boise to start the season and now he is talking with some of the “big boys.” I hope Mark Ray is working on getting his players to execute the game plan….since that’s been our biggest problem over the last 4 years.

on a side note…anyone hear about Mark Fox betting the players that he would run steps if they hit their free throws? Guess what happens? The players start hitting their free throws. I don’t hear him hiding behind the “lack of execution of a perfect game plan” excuse. He knows what it’s all about…It’s called doing what you can to motivate these guys to perform at the highest level.

Are you listening Mark Ray Donnan, Todd “blown assignment” Grantham and Mike “play action on 3rd and 62″ Bozo????

Now i step aside for all the koolaide drinkers to rush to the defense of the greatest coach in the history of football.

rxdawg79

December 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

@David: A game against UNC would be more interesting? Than what? Watching paint dry? You are talking about North Carolina? More interesting than UM, OSU, PSU? To quote John McEnroe: “You cannot be serious!”

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chris

December 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

I want to go to all of them………

Moonpie

December 21st, 2010
12:24 pm

I will travel to any of these schools to see the Dawgs play