UGA schedules 3 games with an established Northeastern program

UMass, a traditional I-AA for years, moved up to the FBS level in 2011 and became bowl eligible in 2013.

ATHENS — Georgia has scheduled both basketball and football games with the University of Massachusetts.

UGA signed a contract with the Minutemen, who became a fully-sanctioned Football Bowl Subdivision team, to play a football game on Nov. 17, 2018, according to an announcement by the school Wednesday. The school did not reveal financial terms but an open-records request for that information has been made.

Georgia currently has only two other football dates set for 2018: Oct. 27 versus Florida in Jacksonville and Nov. 24 at home against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt at home that season and Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and LSU away, but dates have not been set.

The dates for the two basketball games versus UMass have not been set either. The schools agreed to a play a home-and-home series beginning with a contest in Amherst, Mass., during the 2017-18 season and a game in Athens during the 2018-19 season.

UMass was an FCS, or Division I-AA, football program until 2011 when it moved up to college athletics’ highest division on a two-year trial basis in 2011. The Minutemen became bowl eligible in 2013. The schools have never played before.

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