In the current age of college football, where major non-conference “showdown games” are played at decorated major stadiums like the Georgia Dome or AT&T Stadium in Texas, Georgia and Notre Dame have decided to do things the “old school” way.
Meeting for the first time ever in regular season play, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have scheduled home-and-home meetings for 2017 and 2019.
Having last tangled on January 1, 1981, in the Sugar Bowl, a contest in which Georgia captured the victory as well as the national championship, the ‘Dawgs and Irish have made college football fans quite happy with this aforementioned announcement.
In a statement by Notre Dame vice president/athletics director Jack Swarbrick, the Irish had several out of conference games scheduled with various quality opponents, but none of which were with the SEC. Noting the rich traditions of both ND and UGA, as well as the Sugar Bowl encounter from 1981, Swarbrick saw the Bulldogs as the ideal fit.
With an overall record of 26-18 against SEC opponents, Notre Dame’s last encounter with an SEC foe came in January of 2013 in the national championship game against Alabama. The Crimson Tide thumped the Irish by the tune of 42-14. In respect to regular season play, Notre Dame last faced off with an SEC opposition in November of 2005. The Irish defeated Tennessee 41-21, at Notre Dame.
In respect to the future of home-and-home scheduling, when it comes to major non-conference games, sports writer Bryan Fischer, via Twitter, shared several promising contests that are scheduled for 2017. Games such as Florida/Michigan and Ohio State/Oklahoma are just two of the gems on tap.
College football fans love traditional powers going head-to-head, but they also love location. The collegiate game is about the campus atmosphere and the pageantry of a crisp fall Saturday afternoon at Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, etc. Hopefully, for the sake of everyone involved, things will continue to trend in favor of the campus setting.
The idea of two titans clashing, in a home-and-home series, with a “score to settle” from yesteryear, is quite intriguing on many levels. The time is now for college football to make those “video game dreams” come to life.
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