SEC Announces Future Scheduling Format, UGA-Auburn Rivalry Safe

The SEC announced tonight that they will keep their eight-game, 6-1-1 football scheduling format for the 2016 season and beyond.

For the Georgia Bulldogs, that means the annual battle against Auburn in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will continue.

Each season, Georgia will play all six members of the SEC East — Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky — one rotating team from the West Division, and Auburn.

In even years, Auburn will visit Athens and Georgia will travel to face the rotating West opponent. In 2014, the Dawgs take on Arkansas in Little Rock.

The SEC also announced today the addition of a “strength of schedule mandate.” This mandate stipulates that each SEC team must also play a non-conference game every season against a team from another Group of Five conference — ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12. A game versus Notre Dame would also reportedly count.

Georgia already meets that mandate because they play Georgia Tech, an ACC team, every season. The Bulldogs are free to schedule as they see fit for the other three non-conference games, including FCS teams.

The eight-game schedule also allows the Bulldogs to entertain offers of neutral-site games such as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, and others. They can also continue to schedule home-and-home series against teams such as Clemson, or a rumored future match-up against Notre Dame.

“This has been a thoughtful and deliberative process that has resulted in maintaining the current format and adds a provision that will bolster our collective annual non-conference schedule,” said Commissioner Mike Slive.  “Critical to maintaining this format is the non-conference opponent factor which gives us the added strength-of-schedule we were seeking while allowing continued scheduling flexibility for institutional preferences, and acknowledges that many of our institutions already play these opponents.

“The concept of strength-of-schedule is based on an entire 12-game schedule, a combination of both conference games together with non-conference games.  Given the strength of our conference schedule supplemented by at least one major non-conference game, our teams will boast of a strong resume’ of opponents each and every year.”

Georgia Bulldogs Future Football Schedules

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

More in UGA Football

Georgia Bulldogs

Budget of $117 Million, Indoor Athletic Facility, Contract Extension for Fox Highlight Board Meeting

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 21, 2015
Chad Clay

4-Star DB Chad Clay Commits to UGA for 2016

Kevin KelleyMay 18, 2015
Tyler Clark

4-Star DT Tyler Clark Commits to UGA for 2016

Kevin KelleyMay 15, 2015
image

UGA Junior WR Blake Tibbs to Transfer

Kevin KelleyMay 13, 2015
Everett Golson

Report: Everett Golson to Visit UGA on Tuesday

Kevin KelleyMay 8, 2015
G-Day Game

2016 G-Day Game Set for April 16

Kevin KelleyMay 8, 2015
Everett Golson

Could Notre Dame QB Everett Golson Transfer to UGA?

Kevin KelleyMay 7, 2015
Chris Conley

Chris Conley Named Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award Winner

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 7, 2015
Georgia Bulldogs

Seventy-Four UGA Student-Athletes to Graduate Friday

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 5, 2015
SicEmDawgs.com is your source for Georgia Bulldogs football, basketball, baseball and recruiting, plus UGA Dawgs future schedules, commitments, and signees.

Go Dawgs!!

© 2015 SicEmDawgs.com - Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties