Georgia may play at Alabama or Texas A&M in 2014, according to a report today by Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.
UGA athletics director Greg McGarity spoke about their future strength of schedule in relation to the upcoming College Football Playoff and had this to say:
“From our standpoint, the University of Georgia doesn’t have to worry about that in 2014 because our strength of schedule is already off the chart for the next two years. Who knows what the ’15 schedule will be, but we just know that in ’13 and ’14, the strength of schedule is not an issue here in Athens.”
Since Georgia is traveling to Auburn in 2013 for the second consecutive season, the Tigers will definitely visit Athens in 2014. Under the current 6-1-1 format, that means Georgia’s other West opponent in 2014 will be a road game.
When McGarity was questioned about that opponent, he said “It will be somebody really good, that’s for sure.”
Weiszer suggests that the “off the chart” and “really good” comments by McGarity can be taken to mean either Alabama or Texas A&M. Those two teams seem to be the most logical choice.
Georgia hasn’t faced Alabama in the regular-season since 2008 and Texas A&M since 1980, the national championship season for the Dawgs.
Although LSU visits Athens in 2013, the Bulldogs will likely not travel to Baton Rouge for a return visit in 2014. When the SEC announced the new 6-1-1 format last Summer, it stated that teams would face cross-division opponents in succession rather than home-and-home in consecutive years.
McGarity said that the SEC should finalize the opponent as well as the rest of the 2014 schedule at the Spring meetings in Destin later this month. He also stated that they probably wouldn’t discuss a nine-game schedule until “later on.”
Georgia opens the 2014 season at home against the Clemson Tigers on Aug. 30. Other non-conference games in 2014, all at home, include South Alabama (Nov. 8), Charleston Southern (Nov. 22), and Georgia Tech (Nov. 29).
In conference play, Georgia will host Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt and travel to Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina. The Bulldogs will also face the Florida Gators in Jacksonville.