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The Clemson, Texas games are another reason why it’s a great time to be a Georgia fan

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Georgia adds two big time foes to the schedule

Georgia fans got a great surprise on Monday, as the school announced  it would be playing future home-and-homes with Clemson and Texas. Just one of those would’ve been great news, but to get both of those schools as home-and-home opponents is an absolute treat.

The Bulldogs will travel to Texas in 2028, with the Longhorns making the return trip in 2029. UGA will visit Clemson in 2029 and then welcome the Tigers to Sanford Stadium in 2030.

Georgia and Clemson playing is nothing new. The two schools have met 64 times in their history—the first coming in 1897 and the most recent game coming in 2014. These two teams will also meet in 2024, but that game will take place in Atlanta. There’s also a pretty decent chance that these two teams will meet up in a College Football Playoff game at some point in the future, given that these are two of the top programs in the country.

Both Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Kirby Smart seem poised to take the mantle of the “best coach in college football” once Alabama coach Nick Saban final abdicates the position. These two teams compete for a lot of the same players—Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays and 2019 prospects Andrew Booth and Nolan Smith come to mind—and are located just 72 miles apart.

Playing Clemson will be fun and something to look forward too, especially given Georgia’s uninspiring 2018 non-conference schedule. But the Texas home-and-home is going to be a fantastic. Every time a Georgia fan puts together a list of schools to do a home-and-home with, Texas is always near the top.

Austin, Texas is one of the few college towns in the country that could go toe-to-toe with Athens. Georgia hasn’t played Texas since 1984, and hasn’t played the Longhorns in Austin since 1958. When Texas visits Athens in 2029, it will be the first time it has ever played in Sanford Stadium.

Shortly after the games were announced, I texted my group of buddies and made sure to clear their schedules for the first weekend in September in 2028. I surely wasn’t the only person to do this. As documented by the Notre Dame trip last year, these non-conference road games can be an absolute blast, as Georgia fans have shown that they can completely take over an opposing stadium. I very much expect Georgia to do this again in 2028, whether Texas is actually back or not.

These type of non-conference matchups between top programs are the ones college football fans look forward to every year. And the fact that UGA will have a few of these —Notre Dame in 2019, UCLA in 2025 and 2026 as well—is just another reason why it is and will continue to be, a great time to be a Georgia football fan.

Nick Chubb is back on top

It really was only a matter of time before Nick Chubb took home our Top Dawg honor, which goes to the former Bulldog in the NFL who has the best week. Before we get to Chubb, let’s give a quick nod to some of the other Bulldogs who had strong weeks in the NFL.

Both Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd picked up sacks on Sunday for the Chicago Bears, as they pulled out a 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions. Smith also finished with 10 tackles, making it the second straight week he’s racked up double-digit stops. Matthew Stafford, the Lions quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick from UGA, threw for 274 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the loss.

And Chubb wasn’t the only Georgia running back with a strong game, as Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams finished with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught 3 passes for 40 yards in the Rams’ 36-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Chubb had the best game to date, as he ran for 176 yards while also catching 3 passes for 33 yards. The rookie running back added a touchdown catch and scored on a 92-yard touchdown run.

The 92-yard run gave the Browns an insurmountable 28-10 team lead over the Atlanta Falcons, giving Cleveland its third win of the season. It was also the longest run in Cleveland Browns franchise history. Jim Brown, arguably the greatest running back of all-time, never had a run like Chubb’s.

While some Georgia fans might be bummed that he had a great day against the Atlanta, they should be willing to overlook that for a guy like Chubb. Given his catastrophic knee injury in 2015, it was fair to wonder if Chubb would ever even have an NFL career. But the former Georgia running back has looked great since being given the starting job just four weeks ago, as he’s scored 4 touchdowns in his last four games. With Chubb coupled with No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, the Browns may finally have a promising future.

Past Top Dawg winners:

Week 1: ReShad Jones DB, Miami Dolphins
Week 2: Shawn Williams DB, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
Week 4: A.J. Green WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 7: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 8: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 9: Benjamin Watson TE, New Orleans Saints

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