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Who do you wish was a bigger rival with Georgia football?
Because of geography, Georgia football has a lot of natural rivals. You have Tennessee to the north, Auburn to the west, Georgia Tech to the south, and Florida to the farther south, just to name a few. But there are plenty of other programs in college football with whom the Bulldogs hold mini-rivalries — or long-dormant grudges.
Over at Reddit channel r/CFB, user AMouthyPotato posed a simple, interesting question to college football fans: What teams do you wish were bigger rivals?
It’s a question that dovetails nicely with Bill King’s post this weekend tackling which big-name opponent should be added to Georgia’s schedule next. But because the question of rivals is a deeper one than simply scheduling a one-off series, I figured I’d give my own rankings of a handful of schools I’d like to see the Bulldogs face more regularly.
Clemson — As Clemson coach Dabo Swinney noted last year, “It just makes sense.” Clemson is the second-closest FBS campus to Athens (only Georgia Tech is closer). There have been 64 meetings between the teams throughout the years. The fans hate each other, especially the old-timers. And as someone who grew up in northeast Georgia on the South Carolina border — a nexus for UGA and Clemson fans — I can tell you the hate is real. For my money, it’s one of the most-underrated rivalries in college football.
Florida State — The most obvious college football rivalry that never got a chance to take root is UGA-FSU. Down in South Georgia, Seminoles and Bulldogs interact with each other daily. There isn’t much hate between these schools, considering they’ve only played 11 times, but you can imagine it bubbling quickly if the Dawgs and ‘Noles squared off a few times.
Alabama — To me, rivalries sound like they mean more when it’s just the names of states facing one another. It gives the matchup a grander scale when you hear it. “Georgia-Alabama” sounds like the states are warring. The fans don’t like each other, but that’s par for the course for any two teams in the SEC. I hesitate to call it a rivalry, though, just because they haven’t played frequently enough in the past. (Although it has made for a few great games in the last decade, despite a few blowouts, too.) If the SEC ever reconfigured its divisions and shifted ‘Bama to the East, I imagine this quickly would become one of the better rivalries in the country.
Georgia Southern — There are plenty of Southern grads who have pulled double-duty as UGA/GSU fans for far too long. The Eagles have been in the FBS for going on four years. They’re with the big boys now, and those dual allegiances shouldn’t fly. It’s high time to pick a side, Eagles fans.
What’s your opinion, Bulldogs fans? What team do you wish was a bigger rival? Let me know in the comments.
Bulldogs land another commitment
It’s taken a while but Georgia finally is starting to see its recruiting class of 2018 swell. During the weekend, the Dawgs nabbed commitment No. 6 of the cycle in 247Sports 3-star Oklahoma City offensive tackle Owen Condon.
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— Owen Condon (@owen_condon) June 10, 2017
UGA women’s track and field finishes second at NCAA Championships
Georgia track and field wasn’t able to come away with a national title at the NCAA Championships last weekend in Oregon, but the women’s team placed runner-up, the highest finish in program history.
— Georgia Track&Field (@UGATrack) June 11, 2017
And with that, the 2016-17 season is over for Georgia sports. The Bulldogs finished the school year with no team national championships.
- The pupil (Kirby Smart) has a class with his teacher (Nick Saban) in SEC title game (Charles Hollis, AL.com)
- Tift County linebacker Andrew Johnson wanted by most of the SEC (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Who should be the next big-name opponent added to UGA’s football schedule? (Bill King, DawgNation)
- College football game at SunTrust Park shows Georgia could play there someday (Matt Schoch, DawgNation)
- UGA running back target Master W. Teague commits to Ohio State (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- UGA baseball recruiting class expected to stay nearly intact despite likely losing top prospect (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- UGA baseball brings aboard new pitching coach (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- The most notable instances when the son of a Bulldog returned “home” to face UGA (Patrick Garbin, UGA Sports)
- Georgia’s interior offensive line is a battleground (Jake Rowe, Dawgs247)
No joke, this is the most impressive dog I’ve ever seen.