Athens – Aside from its eight SEC games and annual game vs. Georgia Tech, Georgia will play two opponents from BCS leagues this year – the Sept. 5 opener at Oklahoma State and the Sept. 26 home game vs. Arizona State.
That’s one more BCS-league opponent than Georgia typically plans to schedule, athletics director Damon Evans says.
“I’ll say this: We’ve got a very, very tough schedule this coming year,” Evans said. “Typically, what we would like to do [in addition to the SEC and Tech games] with a 12-game schedule is add another school from a BCS conference we can have a home-and-home with, then play maybe a I-AA and a mid-major at home.
“This year, we have doubled up with two BCS institutions [on top of the SEC and Tech games]. You are not going to typically see that. The thought was to add one.”
So the 2010 and 2011 schedules will be more typical than the 2009 schedule.
In 2010, Georgia plays at the Big 12’s Colorado, but the Bulldogs’ other non-conference opponents (aside from Tech) will be from mid-major or lesser leagues: Louisiana-Lafayette and a team yet to be found, both in Sanford Stadium. (If you missed it, here’s the story on the addition of the Ragin’ Cajuns to the schedule.)
In 2011, Georgia hosts the Big East’s Louisville, but the Dogs’ other non-conference opponents (again aside from Tech) will be New Mexico State and Coastal Carolina, both in Sanford Stadium.
Last year’s game at Arizona State and next year’s at Colorado are examples of Evans’ desire to have the Bulldogs travel the country to play BCS opponents.
“The philosophy still is to play a major school from a BCS conference because I think that gives us exposure from the standpoint of getting us out of the Southeast,” Evans said. “I think it’s good from a national recruiting standpoint and from a branding standpoint, and I have this thing that it’s good to step out and represent the conference in games like that.
“But at the same time I’ve got to be ever mindful that the SEC is just brutal.”