Closer look: Examining Georgia football future schedules

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Georgia football's Sanford Stadium is set to hold some marquee games in the future.
Scott Cunningham

ATHENS — Georgia football is trending up is all directions, most recently the Bulldogs’ scheduling.

Coach Kirby Smart is ultimately behind an ambitious schedule model that has been drawn up with future College Football Playoff implications in mind, according to athletic director Greg McGarity.

Smart, an All-SEC safety and All-SEC Academic selection while in Georgia’s business school, no doubt has a plan in place that’s all about providing an experience student-athletes will embrace.

It’s recruiting 101, and in a very short period of time, Smart has proven among the best.

Under Smart’s direction the Bulldogs, have built a better support staff to develop players for NFL futures, improved facilities and now provided travels to marquee venues.  The school, meanwhile, has vaulted into the Top 15 of public colleges.

Here’s a look at Georgia’s unofficial tentative future schedules, McGarity indicating UGA is seeking a Power 5 opponent (s) for 2021 and 2023:

2019

Non-conference opponents

Sept. 7 – Murray State

Sept. 14 – Arkansas State

Sept. 21 — Notre Dame

Nov. 30 — at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Aug. 31 — at Vanderbilt

Oct. 5 — at Tennessee

Oct. 12 — South Carolina

Oct. 19 — Kentucky

Nov. 2 — Florida at Jacksonville

Nov. 9 — Missouri

Nov. 16 — at Auburn

Nov. 23 — Texas A&M

2020

Non-conference opponents

TBA — East Tennessee State

Sept. 7 — vs. Virginia in Atlanta

Sept. 26 — Louisiana-Monroe

Nov. 28 — Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Sept. 19 at Alabama* (projected date)

Auburn

Florida — at Jacksonville

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

2021

Non-conference opponents

TBA — Power 5 opponent

Sept. 4 — San Jose State

Sept. 11 — UAB

Nov. 27 — at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Arkansas

at Auburn

Florida — at Jacksonville

at Tennessee

Kentucky

Missouri

at Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2022

Non-conference opponents

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Sept. 3 — vs. Oregon in Atlanta

Sept. 24 — Kent State

Nov. 26 — Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

at Mississippi State

Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Athens — Jax contract runs through 2021)

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

2023

Non-conference opponents

TBA — Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Indiana State

Nov. 25 — at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Ole Miss

at Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Gainesville — Jax contract runs through 2021)

at Tennessee

Kentucky

Missouri

at Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2024

Non-conference opponents

Aug. 31 — vs. Clemson in Atlanta

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 30 — Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

at Texas A&M

Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Athens — Jax contract runs through 2021)

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

2025

Non-conference opponents

Aug. 30 — at UCLA

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 29 — at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

LSU

at Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Gainesville,  Jax contract runs through 2021)

at Tennessee

Kentucky

Missouri

at Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2026

Non-conference opponents

Sept. 5 — UCLA

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 28 — Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

at Arkansas* (projected rotation beyond official schedule through 2025)

Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Athens — Jax contract runs through 2021)

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

2027

Non-conference opponents

Sept. 4 — at Florida State

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 27 at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Alabama* (projected rotation beyond official schedule through 2025)

at Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Gainesville — Jax contract runs through 2021)

at Tennessee

Kentucky

Missouri

at Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2028

Non-conference opponents

Sept. 2 — at Texas

Sept. 16  — Florida State

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 25 Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

at Ole Miss* (projected rotation beyond official schedule through 2025)

Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Athens — Jax contract runs through 2021)

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

2029

Non-conference opponents

Sept. 1 — Texas

Sept. 15 at Clemson

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 24 at Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

Mississippi State* (projected rotation beyond official schedule through 2025)

at Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Gainesville — Jax contract runs through 2021)

at Tennessee

Kentucky

Missouri

at Vanderbilt

South Carolina

2030

Non-conference opponents

Aug. 31 — Clemson

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

TBA — Non-Power 5 opponent

Nov. 30 — Georgia Tech

SEC opponents

at LSU* (projected rotation beyond official schedule through 2025)

Auburn

Florida (Jacksonville/Athens — Jax contract runs through 2021)

Tennessee

at Kentucky

at Missouri

Vanderbilt

at South Carolina

 

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