ESPN lists Georgia as the biggest game for multiple 2019 opponents
The Georgia football 2019 schedule might be the most loaded it has been in quite some time. In addition to the usual suspects of Florida, Auburn and Tennessee, the Bulldogs also host the likes of Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Fans and media types alike are very much looking forward to seeing how Georgia navigates its 2019 schedule.
And given that Georgia projects to be a top-5 team to open the 2019 season, the Bulldogs figure to be a major opponent on a number of schedules.
ESPN listed the game it can’t wait to see for each team in its preseason top-25. For the Bulldogs, ESPN circled the game against Notre Dame as the game they can’t wait to see for the 2019 football season.
“A nonconference game of this caliber is usually reserved for the first or second week of the season,” Alex Scarborough said. “Instead, we’ll have to wait until Week 4 for Georgia-Notre Dame. But it should be worth it. Who can forget the last time these two teams met? Two years ago, in South Bend, Indiana, it was a classic that went until the game’s final minutes. This year might yield the same, this time in Athens, Georgia, as both teams harbor championship aspirations.”
The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 20-19 back in 2017. ESPN also identified the Georgia-Notre Dame game as the biggest game of the season for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame also has games against Michigan and Stanford on its schedule.
The Georgia-Notre Dame had previously been labeled as the top nonconference game of the 2019 season, beating out the likes of Texas A&M-Clemson and Auburn-Oregon. Part of the reason for the anticipation of the game is likely due to the bad blood between the two schools over the College Football Playoff inclusion of Notre Dame last year. The Fighting Irish lost 30-3 against Clemson, which led to a number of Georgia players tweeting about being kept out of the playoff.
Of course the Bulldogs followed up the tweets by losing to Texas in the Sugar Bowl.
ESPN also has Georgia as the biggest game on Texas A&M’s 2019 schedule. This will be the first time the Aggies and Bulldogs meet as SEC opponents. The two teams play on Nov. 23 in what will will be Georgia’s final home game of the season.
“There are plenty of big games on A&M’s schedule (Alabama, Clemson, LSU) but only one against a top team that the Aggies have yet to face,” Sam Kahn Jr. said of the Aggies. “The trip to Athens should be a fun one for A&M fans as Sanford Stadium will provide a classic SEC game-day atmosphere. It will also be the first of a challenging two-game stretch to finish the slate for the Aggies, as they have to go to Georgia and to LSU to close out the regular season.”
In addition to Texas A&M and Notre Dame, Georgia has big games against the likes of Auburn and Florida as well. ESPN said the Gators’ most important game was against Miami. For Auburn, it’s the season-opening game against Oregon.
Georgia opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Vanderbilt in Nashville. Georgia’s first home game is against Murray State on Sept. 7.
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