News broke yesterday of a possible Georgia-Georgia Tech matchup in the 2011 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. There are a few reasons why it could happen, but probably more good reasons why it won’t.
The Georgia Sports Blog says UGA would have more fans at the Dome, it would be good money and UGA would have ample time to get ready for the triple option. Their downside is that Tech would be a stronger, fresher team at the start of the season.
Tim Tucker of the AJC answers some questions about this game. He says that both schools would benefit from the $2.3 million payday, but Tech would get the better of the schedule change. Tucker states that Georgia “seems not at all certain it wants to do this.” This is most likely because it would cause massive changes to Georgia’s future schedules.
Tucker also points out that this would be a one-time neutral site game, and that the series would resume at Georgia Tech in 2012. That would force the rivalry to be changed, as currently the series is played at Sanford Stadium in even years and at Bobby Dodd Stadium in odd years.
My opinion is that Georgia should keep this series the way it is. The Dawgs already play one neutral site game in Jacksonville against Florida. Playing in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff would be great exposure and publicity for UGA, but the negatives far outweigh the positives when it comes to playing that game against Tech.
Georgia should continue to discuss playing in the Chick-fil-A game, but against a different opponent, perhaps another ACC school.
And don’t get me wrong. As a Georgia fan, I’m not afraid of playing Tech in the Dome. The Dawgs own the Jackets recently, having won 7 of the last 8 and 14 of 18. Georgia also leads the overall series 59-39-5.
What do you think about the possibility of Georgia-Georgia Tech in the Dome in 2011? Let us know in the comments!