Ranking Georgia's top 5 future nonconference opponents
The Georgia Bulldogs are an SEC and national powerhouse, and they’re going to be challenging themselves in nonconference play over the next decade and more.
Following in the trends of major programs recently, the Dawgs have some huge nonconference matchups scheduled in the coming years.
Which games are the best ones to keep an eye on? Here’s a ranking of the 5 best future nonconference foes on Georgia’s schedule:
1. Clemson (2021*, 2024*, 2029, 2030, 2032, 2033)
(* – neutral-site games)
The Bulldogs and Tigers are going to get quite familiar with one another over the next couple of decades, as they’ve apparently decided to reignite the rivalry. There are a whopping 6 matchups between the 2 teams set over the next 13 years.
After neutral-site games in 2021 and 2024, the Bulldogs will head to Clemson in 2029 and 2033 and host games against the Tigers in 2030 and 2032.
2. Oklahoma (2023, 2031)
Do we all remember what happened the last time the Bulldogs and Sooners met (in the Rose Bowl following the 2017 season)? Yeah? Should I still post the game-winning run by Sony Michel anyway? OK, here it is:
Sony Michel takes the snap, runs out left, and scores the game winning touchdown. Final Score: Georgia 54 Oklahoma 48 2 OT pic.twitter.com/KAElyKtQC2
— kofodfsu (@kofodfsu) March 18, 2020
More games like that? I’m here for it. Georgia heads to Norman in 2023 before hosting the return game in 2031. Should be fun!
3. Ohio State (2030, 2031)
Clemson? Oklahoma? Ohio State? The Bulldogs have shown they’re not afraid to take on the best-of-the-best in college football. In fact, in 2031, they’ll play both the Buckeyes and Sooners.
In this series, the Dawgs will host the Buckeyes in Athens in 2030 and head to Columbus in 2031. It’s entirely possible that Kirby Smart and Ryan Day are both still coaching these schools by the time this series rolls around.
4. Texas (2028, 2029)
After Texas beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl following the 2018 season (prompting several Longhorns to proclaim that Texas was back), we’re eager to see the Longhorns and Bulldogs meet up once again. The 2028 game will take place in Austin, followed by a 2029 game in Athens.
The Bulldogs should be hungry to avenge that Sugar Bowl loss. After all, they did dominate Baylor in this past Sugar Bowl, but they probably want another shot at the ‘Horns.
5. Oregon (2022*)
This game will kick off the 2022 season from Atlanta. While that’s technically a neutral-site game, it’s hardly going to feel like it with a pro-Georgia crowd making its way over from Athens. Meanwhile, the Ducks have to travel across the country.
Still, this game could have major College Football Playoff implications, and those are the kinds of games we love to see in Week 1.
(If you missed the ranking of Alabama’s future opponents from Tuesday, click here.)