Scheduling has become a hot topic around this time of the year, with both Auburn and LSU announcing future non-conference games this past week. And Georgia could be doing the same in a short amount of time.
According to a report from 247Sports’ Jake Rowe, Georgia is working with Oregon on a potential game in 2022 to open the college football season and that game would be played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Per Rowe’s report, it is not yet known if the game will be associated with Chick-Fil-A as one of its kickoff games. Auburn and Washington, another SEC-PAC 12 game, will be the Chick-fil-A kickoff game this season, which is scheduled for Sept. 1. Georgia is set to take on Virginia in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2020. That game will be played on Sept. 7, which is a Monday.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart spoke about scheduling on future Power Five opponents while appearing the 680 The Fan radio show “The Front Row” in Atlanta. Georgia has future games against Notre Dame(2019) and UCLA(’25 and ’26) along with the annual rivalry game against Georgia Tech.
“I love playing a Power Five team if we can do it,” Smart said, “I think it’s a better offseason, a lot more to look forward to. I’d love a home-and-home. I’d love a neutral site. I love those type games, especially an opportunity to play in Atlanta, which we are always looking to do. I love that.”
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich also told ESPN earlier this week that school is still trying to schedule a game with Georgia, even after announcing a home-and-home with LSU.
Georgia has only played Oregon once, and that came back in 1977 when the Bulldogs beat the Ducks 27-16. Smart and Oregon coach Mario Cristobal both worked together at Alabama, and this past offseason Oregon hired Aaron Feld away from Georgia to be the Ducks’ head strength and conditioning coordinator. Georgia fans may best remember Feld for his incredible mustache.
Georgia opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 when the Bulldogs host Austin Peay. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.