Georgia’s 2018 non-conference slate continues to take shape. The Bulldogs will host FCS member Murray State on September 15, 2018, Dawgnation reported Thursday.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and included in Dawgnation’s report states that the Racers will be paid $500,000 for the contest.
Murray played on the road at FBS opponents Northern Illinois and Western Michigan last season. Northern Illinois defeated Murray State 57-26, while Western Michigan secured a 52-20 victory. Those two contests were part of a three-win season for the Racers.
The schools have never played on the gridiron.
This is the Bulldogs’ fourth scheduled game for 2018. The annual Florida-Georgia contest will take place on October 27, with games against UMass and Georgia Tech scheduled for November 17 and 24, respectively.
So the non conference schedules look like this for the next few years:
2016: vs. UNC (GA Dome), vs. Nichols State, vs. UL Lafayette, vs. Tech
2017: vs. App State, at Notre Dame, vs. Samford, at Tech
2018: TBA, vs. Murray State, vs. UMass, vs. Tech
2019: TBA, vs. Notre Dame, TBA, at Tech
Sounds like to me the scheduling plan is the annual game with Tech, another Power 5 opponent. and two “money games,” with one of those continuing to be the week before Thanksgiving rivals like the SEC has done in the past few years. With one spot open in 2018, which would appear to be the first week of the season, I wonder if that opens up for a neutral site kickoff game or the first part of a home and home that I would presume to take place in 2018 and 2020 or 2021. (Personally, I would like to see us play Clemson again and maybe a regional team like FSU in non-conference, however, 2018 does not look like a year where that could happen.)
I agree with scheduling two money games and two power 5 schools each year.
Florida St. has open dates in 2018, 2020, & 2021. Penn St. has openings in 2020 & 2021. We’ve waited late to schedule so most Power 5 schools are booked up already. Hope we don’t end up with three money games like 2015 which contributed to a 10-3 UGA being left unranked.
I’m still stunned that Georgia is playing on the road at Georgia Tech *and* Notre Dame in the same year. Most P5 teams want 7 home games–for one to play two true road OOC games in a year is a real rarity, and I’m not sure why the South Bend game isn’t in 2018. Not a complaint–I’m neutral on Georgia–just an observation.
Murray State AND Umass? Really Georgia?
Campbell & Drake said “No”….
Someone is REALLY making cupcakes.
Sorry, Jinzo & Rich. I am not a fan of SEC scheduling at all (3 money games, with one before the season finale, and very few schools scheduling Home and Home’s until the SEC mandated at least one Power 5 School last season)…….
But Georgia has consistently scheduled 2 Power 5 OOC games a year and mostly those have been Home and Home’s.
2006 – Colorado, GT
2007- Oklahaoma State, @ GT
2008 – GT, @ Arizona State
2009 – @ Oklahoma State, Arizona State, @GT
2010 – @ Colorado, GT
2011 – Boise (Georgia Dome), GT
2012 – GT
2013- @ Clemson, GT (Appalachian State, too. Not Tennessee Tech, Citadel, et.al )
2014 – Clemson, GT
2015 – GT
8 out of 10 seasons they played 2 power Conference foes
UGA is the only SEC team which has been scheduling two OOC games with P5 teams. It will be interesting to see if that changes with the new HC.
In 2017 Florida will also have a second OOC game with a P5 team,
I do hope the play off committee will start making an issue of teams playing less than10 regular season games with P5 teams.
anti-SEC haters still have nothing to do. All they can do is write about is the OOC schedule.
Yet the SEC tears up the top teams when it comes to bowl games.
You guys must teach your children to run before they crawl.
Let’s get the Canes on the schedule for 18 and 20!
Whip some SoFla a$$