The Georgia Bulldogs have added the Samford Bulldogs to their 2017 football schedule, according to a memorandum of understanding.
Georgia will host Samford at Sanford Stadium in Athens on a date to be determined. The two schools have met once on the football field, a 39-0 Georgia win in Athens in 1943.
Samford is a member of the Southern in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Bulldogs will receive a $500,000 guarantee for playing the game.
Georgia has now tentatively completed their non-conference football schedule for 2017. The Bulldogs are also scheduled to travel to Notre Dame on Sept. 9 and Georgia Tech on Nov. 25 and host Appalachian State on a date to be announced.
SEC games for the Bulldogs in 2017 include Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, and South Carolina at home and Auburn, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt on the road. Georgia will also face Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 28.
Georgia now has one FCS team scheduled for each season through 2017. The Bulldogs host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers this season, open against the Southern Jaguars in 2015, and host Nicholls State in 2016.
Beginning in 2016, each SEC school must play a minimum of one non-conference game against a team from another power five conference. Georgia already satisfies that mandate with their annual rivalry game against Georgia Tech of the ACC.
In 2017 and 2019, Georgia will also step out of conference to play Notre Dame in a home-and-home series.