Clemson AD indicates UGA football series is close: ‘It just makes an awful lot of sense’

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Georgia and Clemson have not played since 2014.

All college football fans enjoy seeing the top teams in the nation play each other.

So who wouldn’t want to see a matchup between Georgia and Clemson, two programs that made the College Football Playoff last season?

According to Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, that may be happening sooner rather than later.

Radakovich recently told The Athletic that an upcoming series between the Tigers and Bulldogs “just makes an awful lot of sense,” and that it’s something both schools want to get scheduled.

“We’re really focused on trying to get a game, a series, between the two schools. It just makes an awful lot of sense,” Radakovich told The Athletic on Wednesday. “We’d like to be able to get something done sooner rather than later, both in terms of getting the contract done, and in terms of being able to play the games.

“Because it would be great for everybody. Our fan bases certainly. Our coaches. [Clemson coach] Dabo [Swinney] has said a number of times that he’d love to play Georgia every year.”

While it may not become a yearly occurrence — such as Clemson’s in-state rivalry game with South Carolina — it may happen in the near future.

Clemson and Georgia haven’t played since a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 42-18-4, and they won the last meeting in 2014. The two schools played annually from 1897 to 1916 and from 1962 to 1987 (except for 1966 and 1972).

The Tigers lost to Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal last season. Georgia won its CFP semifinal against Oklahoma, but then went on to lose to Alabama in the National Championship Game.

Based on future schedules, it seems that matchups between Clemson and Georgia would need to take place in 2021 and 2024. And even though one of the schools could end up with two nonconference road games in a season, it’s still something Radakovich thinks both schools want to happen.

“It’s top of mind and something I think both of us want to get done,” Radakovich said. “And usually when that happens, something does get done.”

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