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Georgia mascot Uga was feeling pretty good about himself at Auburn last season.

WATCH: Return of college football critical to fans’ psyche and pocketbooks

ATHENS — Preliminary and provisional plans for football’s return this fall have fans excited, even if some projections indicate restricted attendance at games.

Football, as discussed in the Sunday “On The Beat” Show, is a part of the culture in the 11 states with Southeastern Conference teams, and Georgia is no different.

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UGA president Jere Morehead said last week he planned for student-athletes to be back on campus in July and to see fans in the stands at the games.

It’s overly optimistic to project business as usual at Sanford Stadium home games, but to Morehead’s point, there could be a limited amount of fans in the stands.

Certainly, there figures to be football on televisions if current projections are accurate.

The sports stoppage — on account of the COVID-19 pandemic — has proven costly to the American pocketbook as well as psyche.

According an ESPN analysis, more than $12 billion in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs have vanished on account of the ongoing crisis.

“As an economist, you stand back, you look at the carnage that’s taking place — dumbfounded, awestruck, mind-numbing,” said Patrick Rishe, who directs the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.

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