Georgia, Notre Dame game could happen ‘later this decade’

NCAA Football: Georgia Southern at Georgia

This is one of those ‘please make it happen’ games: Georgia vs. Notre Dame.

Much talk and hype has put the spotlight on this potential matchup for the last several weeks. In early April, it was reported the two were working to ‘finalize a home-and-home series’, and we heard Irish head coach Brian Kelly say last week that Notre Dame wants to play an SEC team. Kelly hinted towards wanting to get UGA on the schedule, as he’s done in the past.

Yesterday, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed that, though there are some wrinkles to be worked out, the game will likely happen between 2017 and 2020, and that he expects to bring the Irish to Athens.

“For our fans to be able to go up to South Bend, and for our fans to see Notre Dame play between the hedges, I think from a national perspective it’d be off the charts, as far as interest, as far as intrigue,” McGarity said at the SEC’s spring meetings. “That would be something out of the ordinary that our fans would be very, very excited about.”

Talk about a fun game. Two of college football’s tradition-rich teams haven’t hooked up since 1980 when some dude named Herschel Walker was running people over.

Alabama was the last SEC team to play Notre Dame and dominated the Irish 42-14 in the 2013 BCS National Championship game. Tennessee was the last SEC team to play Notre Dame during the 2005 regular season and lost 41-21.

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