UGA and Florida State are in discussions about playing a home-and-home series in football, according to Dawg247’s Jake Rowe.
The last time the two teams played was in the 2003 Sugar Bowl, with UGA beating FSU 26-13.
DawgNation’s Mike Griffith talked to a source at UGA about the FSU possibility — and this person basically said the Bulldogs are talking to a lot of teams about home-and-home games, and they wouldn’t be willing to focus or talk about one specific possibility at this time.
Unlike some other non-conference games, playing FSU might have some big advantages for UGA:
First of all, teams with tougher non-conference schedules might gain favor when the College Football Playoff committee has to discuss the final spots each year. Secondly, FSU’s program is down (but they could be back up if the game is 5-15 years from now). Thirdly, I’ve always thought a home-and-home series with a Florida team should happen because UGA recruits Florida so heavily. Central Florida was my top choice as an opponent before they became “national champions.” Maybe Florida Atlantic (because it’s 40 miles north of talent-heavy Miami).
On a related note, I’ve also thought UGA should try to play one of the North Carolina schools because it’s such fertile recruiting grounds with no dominant football power. Former Bulldogs standouts like Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Mohamed Massaquoi are from there. Maybe UGA could get Duke on the schedule?
UGA has future home-and-home series scheduled against Clemson, Texas and UGA by 2030. As DawgNation’s Chip Towers astutely pointed out, UGA had two-game matchups set up with Ohio State and Oregon, but those ultimately fell by the wayside.
But it sure is fun to think about. Playing FSU in Athens, Ga., would be a much bigger attraction for UGA fans to attend home games as opposed to Nichols State, Louisiana-LaFayete, and Middle Tennessee State.