Georgia schedule conversations are with ‘number of (Power 5) schools,’ 2023 targeted

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ATHENS — Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Thursday the Bulldogs are talking to “a number of schools” right now about future scheduling, but no deals are imminent.

When pressed about reports that a deal with Oklahoma could be close, McGarity said “none of our conversations would be considered deep talks.”

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart has been vocal about his desires to beef up the Bulldogs future schedules, aiming for at least two Power 5 non-conference opponents per season, and in some years three.

The 2028 Georgia football program is expected to play three Power 5 opponents: Texas, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

“Unfortunately, you can’t schedule these games but seven to 10 years out and that’s so frustrating to me,” Smart said. “I’m trying think about tomorrow, and this year.”

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The next openings on the Georgia football schedule are in 2021.

McGarity said he’s not sure if a deal can be worked out with a Power 5 opponent for that season because of the complexity teams have of matching open dates in coordination with their respective league schedules and previously contracted games.

The Bulldogs’ 2023 season, however, appears prime for the start of a home-and-home series with a Power 5 school.

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“We’re in conversation with a lot of schools,” McGarity reiterated when pressed on potential home-and-home opponents. “There are two other schools we are having more aggressive talks with than Oklahoma at this time.”

Georgia has most often scheduled two non-conference Power 5 opponents dating back to 2006, when Colorado and Georgia Tech were on the slate.

 

 

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