Georgia, Ohio State agree to play twice in football

MEMPHIS — Georgia and Ohio State have agreed to meet in football during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday.

McGarity said he and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith signed a “memorandum of understanding” on the games, one of which will be played in Georgia’s Sanford Stadium and the other at Ohio State.

“I know that’s a long time away,” McGarity said, “but bottom line is you’ve got to have some of those things in place.”

He added: “Not all of the details are worked out as far as seats and things — just the memorandum that we would basically play each other, home and home, in ‘20 and ‘21.”

McGarity said it hasn’t been determined yet which year the game will be played at which site.

“We haven’t figured that out yet,” he said. “We know we’re going to play each other on campus, and we’ll figure all that stuff out in a year, two years. Who knows what the landscape will look like in 2020? But you’ve got to plan that far in advance to do things.”

McGarity said the games will come within “the first two weekends” of each season.  “Before SEC play starts,” he said. “You don’t want to play Ohio State in the middle of your SEC season.”

A fuller contract will be drafted later.

McGarity said Georgia also reached out to Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State about possible games. Michigan and Notre Dame were not interested, he said, and Penn State’s interest was not as strong as Ohio State’s.

McGarity’s scheduling philosophy generally is for Georgia to play seven home games per season, but he allows for an occasional — once a decade or so — exception to play a home-and-home series against a marquee opponent such as an Ohio State.

Georgia has never played the Buckeyes in a regular-season football game. The teams’ only meeting was in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando following the 1992 season. Georgia won that game 21-14.

“I think it will excite people to think of Ohio State between the hedges  and for us to go up to Columbus,” McGarity said.  “I think it’s something you can look forward to. All those 8-year-olds out there can look forward to playing in the game.”

Coach Mark Richt will look forward to the game, too.

“Yeah, man,” Richt said. “I hope I’m here to go to Columbus.”

Please follow @ajcuga on Twitter for the latest updates on the Bulldogs from Liberty Bowl practices in Memphis.

– Tim Tucker

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42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Bring on the Suckeyes! They can’t beat an SEC team to save their lives, preparing to lose 10th straight in Sugar Bowl!

Go Dawgs and LMAO at CPJ and the 6-consecutive bowl loss maggots.

GoldrenRod

December 28th, 2010
2:28 pm

First. Mutts suck, GT is still THE powerhouse in this state!

Coach Paul Johnson will right the ship in 2011 and restore us to BCS prominence.

Jim Tressel's Sweater Vest

December 28th, 2010
2:30 pm

We OWN the SEC and will KILL the leghumpers when they venture north into The Horseshoe.

Quincy Carter is a druggie and a disgrace to tUGA.

supsalemgr

December 28th, 2010
2:30 pm

GoldenRod has been smoking GoldenRod. I thought folks who went to Tech were smart. He/she obviously cannot read the record.

how old will i be

December 28th, 2010
2:31 pm

Does that really say 2020 or do my eyes deceive me? I think scheduling that far out is a bit redonkulous. Does any other sport set schedules 10+ years in advance? I hope I’m still able to travel then however, as it should be a great trip.

Dave Perry

December 28th, 2010
2:31 pm

Those south rise again. Yeah, right. The Buckeyes will come down here and kick butt just like Sherman did.

Tuna

December 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

10 years from now? Why 10 years?

Rooster

December 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

WOW GoldenRod must be thinking with his other head again. Can’t eeven beat 5 foot nothing 100 and nothing Air Force. Lets have a Hot Dog walking.

BigDAWG

December 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

At GoldenRod:
You weren’t first and as a North Ave. Trade School fan you never will be !!

sandman053

December 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Finally THE Ohio State Univeristy (what pompous a$$es) will travel to a real football conference to play some football. The O in Ohio State is for overrated and also 0-9 against SEC (soon to be 0-10 when Ark. gets through).

ATLANTA CITY

December 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Ohio cant match any SEC school

Glenn

December 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Gees man . We could be invaded by giant insect aliens by then .

Skitty Fritty

December 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

I say UGA play them in one of Ohio State’s first 5 games in 2011

Dave

December 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Both schools will back out of this before 2020. The games won’t be played.

Boogie Boogie

December 28th, 2010
2:36 pm

Don’t worry that gives UGA plenty of time to cancel the games like the did the Oregon series!

buckeye

December 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

maybe they have to wait till then because that’s when the bulldog’s all get out of jail!

Gooddawg

December 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

Hey Goldenrod. Surely you jest. You must be smoking goldenrod.

BG

December 28th, 2010
2:39 pm

Dang, No one can say that UGA plays weak OOC games.

Big Dawg

December 28th, 2010
2:39 pm

Ohio State has not beaten any SEC teams recently, but the have played the best we have to send to the bowls. If UGA had played Ohio State the past five years our record would be 0-5 against Ohio State. Let’s get real about our team. It is a shame that the flagship university in the state with the most division 1 player per capita cannot field a championship team. It’s not that Georgia does not produce top players, it’s that we cannot keep them in this state. We need to recruit character not thugs. We need to get rid of Rodney Garner. He is in charge of bringing the players to our campus who play but show not character during the games or off field.

GATA4ever

December 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

We OWN this state baby!

Gooddawg

December 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

One question for Tech fans. Name that song. “Off we go into the wild blue yonder…”?

sandman053

December 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

Big Dawg I’m on that bandwagon with you for sure. I stll think we have some more changes coming after the bowl game this weekend, but I guess time will tell. I’ve been missing Chip’s recruiting column, althogh I got the Tweet that Drew said he hates red…I guess he wasn’t the lock we thought he was.

sogadog

December 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

Dang, I’ll be an old man in 2020 and 2021.

Dawgman

December 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Awesome, good to hear Tim.

the real Old Gold

December 28th, 2010
2:44 pm

I think we should all go get a free tattoo to commemorate.

dtanner

December 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

they will sign this contract now to make it look like they have a set of balls,but will cancel later and reschedule shorter

D A Double U G

December 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

I like it.

Nothing better than 2 huge traditions going at it in a home and home series like this.

And no matter what the losers of the Shreveport Independence Bowl will tell you, UGA is a HUGE traditional football program.

And to the Nerds who want to talk smack about Mark Richt’s lack of National Championships…. It is an honor that you expect us to win one every year! Thank you!

9-1
Mark Richt is your DADDY

Joey

December 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

“Coach Paul Johnson will right the ship in 2011 and restore us to BCS prominence.”
**********************
Huh? And Tech fans call us delusional?

You’ve only been to one BCS bowl game and got crushed in it. You just lost your 6th bowl game in a row, in Shreveport, vs little Air Force.

Nimrod, you’re a long way from prominence . . .

Big Dawg

December 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Maybe we can send Rodney Garner to Ohio State, since some of their players look like they lack character too.

sandman053

December 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

D A Double: I heard that Air Force offered a home and away series to CPJ yesterday but he said no thanks….he had to get Groh back to the nursing home.

Don't Believe It

December 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

Don’t believe any of this crap. It’s “eye-wash” to make the Ugayers feel good after the season they’ve just experienced. It will never happen.

GoldrenRod

December 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

Admit it uGAg fans – Air Force’s defense outperformed the leghumpers! If GT’s special teams hadn’t handed AD the ball on a silver platter twice we would have won and broke the 5-game bowl losing streak.

We had a backup quarterback or we would have scored more than 7 points.

Meanwhile like for leghumpers to lose to Coach George O’Leary and UCF. Mark Richt couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag, Coach Paul Johnson puts Saint Richt to shame!

Ace the Air Force Falcon

December 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

I couldn’t even bare the thought of watching Paul “The Genius” Johnson lose his 5th game in the last 6 yesterday. I flew the ______ out of that crap hole!

I have zero regrets missing his 3rd bowl loss in as many tries with Tech. I am a bit upset I missed his second (2nd) offensive TD in those 3 bowls however.

End of year Military School Rankings:

1. Air Force
2. Navy
3. Army
4. Georgia Tech

DUECES!!!!!

Dawg_Mike

December 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Damn,
Dawg_Mike will be almost 64 years old in the fall of 2020. I hope I make it that long…..

collegeballfan

December 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Wonderful. My grandson should be an incoming freshman on a grant-in-aid in 2020. I wonder if he can make the Dawgs as a first year player? Maybe if he finishes High School in December, and is an early enrollee and makes spring practice in 2020, he can crack the 2 deep.

Can I place an order for tickets now?

sandman053

December 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Dawg_Mike we will have to have a birthday drink to celebrate! Plus that gives OSU ten more years of losing to SEC teams in bowl games to think about. ( and at least 8 or 9 wins for us over the Nerds)

D A Double U G

December 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

Only a Techie can think they have the right to smack talk a team that beat them, because another gave up less points to them…… you follow that??

The only thing UGA can brag about this year: Beating Tech

The only thing Tech can brag about this year: The fact that the only thing UGA has to brag about this year is beating Tech……

again…. you following this???

9-1
Mark Richt is your DADDY

AFDawg

December 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

This and opening up against Boise State next year doesn’t make any sense in terms of McGarrity’s philosophy that he brought with him from FLA on scheduling difficult OOC games. Let me ask again — why did we cancel the home and away series with Oregon? It must have something to do with financial reality sinking in is all I can think of. Ticket sales for the Liberty Bowl have been miserable and season ticket donations are way down (GA fans are voicing their displeasure with good teams performing at a mediocre level). Maybe McGarrity is hoping to find a way to excite the fan base once again.

RedDawg

December 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

This sounds great, but why did we cancel the Oregon series? It doesn’t really make sense

JacketBacker84

December 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Goldenrod, just do your fellow Tech alums a favor and stop running that trap when our coaches and team can’t back it up. A 6-7 season and six consecutive bowl losses is downright embarrassing. Once CPJ turns things around then only can we start talking trash.

This Jackets group has underpeformed almost as much as Coach Blewitt’s squad.

D A Double U G

December 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

RedDawg,

I agree with you. We were told that we canceled the Oregon series because McGarity wanted to get 7 home games loaded up with cupcakes. When in the SEC, I am one of the people who are ok with this, as long as we get a big time match up every 5 years or so.

Since that explanation was handed to us, we have schedules Boise State and Ohio State.

I was looking VERY forward for a chance to see the Pacific Northwest in Eugene, OR with my Dawgs.

Give McGarity time. I feel he has come at a time when the fans are restless. He will prove to know what he is doing I feel.

dawgh8er4ever

December 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

isn’t the world suppose to end in 2012?

My home is in Tuscaloosa, my next home is in Ann Arbor

December 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

GoldrenRod — restore Tech to BCS? What are you on?
Jim Tressel’s Sweater Vest — Quincy Carter is all you got? Come on man.

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sandman053

December 28th, 2010
3:07 pm

I think the Boise State thing was just right time right place type of instance. The Ohio St. series is ten years away, so that will be still in line with his philosophy. Don’t we also have a home and away with Clemsux coming up too? In a couple of years? I think they would be a more traditional rivalry match up than Oregon would be. I also believe that the long road trip is another issue that he was thinking about. I believe McGarity will be just fine as it turns out.

dd

December 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Please post the recent OOC schedule’s of the team you pull for.

Will be interesting to see how they stack up against UGA’s.

Mark Long

December 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

What’s up, McGarity? You canceled the home-and-home with Oregon, and said lesser teams must be played to have a shot each year at the SEC title. Now, you’re scheduling a home-and- home with Ohio State. What gives?

OSUkyle

December 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

GO BUCKEYES!!! Sanford Stadium is going to be overrun by the Buckeye faithful! UGA fans have no idea that this is going to be made into a home game for the Buckeyes because we have one of the largest alumni bases in the country, and money to spend… Can’t wait to beatdown some dogs.

William C Smith

December 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Stafford to Johnson TOUCHDOWN Detroit Lions. It seems funny that players have respect for each other, but the fans do not. As much talk is going on about death penalities, and probations in the SEC. Maybe by then all the SEC teams will be on probation and OSU can defeat any of us.