The usual blasé odd year Georgia football home schedule got jazzed up for 2019 with the addition of Notre Dame. Now, with Notre Dame and Texas A&M both coming to town, Dawg fans are packing their piggy bank saving for ticket money.
The SEC unveiled the 2019 football schedule this week. The Georgia football slate includes the Notre Dame Revenge Tour and a rare Texas A&M eastern trail drive.
The Dawg’s trip to Tennessee marks the start of a football gauntlet as challenging as any Georgia has faced in this century.
Georgia football gauntlet
After facing Tennessee on October 5, Georgia plays South Carolina and Kentucky at home. After healing the bruises of that stretch during an off week, Georgia plays Florida, Missouri at home, Auburn on the road, Texas A&M at home, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
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Missing is the usual light weight or even light weight option-offense preceding Georgia Tech. Texas A&M takes that slot, and there will be no cut block or chop block defensive practice that week. With Georgia also playing all three of its most hated rivals along with Tennessee on the road, the 2019 version of the Kirby Smart football machine will face its toughest stress test yet.
Open date switcheroo
Two well place open dates will help the Dawgs, though.
The first break comes the weekend after the Fighting Irish invade Athens and before the Dawgs go on the road to play what will surely be an improved Tennessee football team.
The second open date, coming before the annual trek south for the contest once known as the World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, is money in the bank for Georgia football. Like the Volunteers, the Gators will be vastly improved and the two-week rest and preparation time is critical.
The Dawgs will open 2019 with Vanderbilt, forcing the Georgia fans to experience Nashville in the August heat and forcing the Dawgs to face a hungry SEC opponent to open the season. Georgia will of course outclass Vanderbilt’s talent. However, while the incline is slight, Vandy is a program on the rise. The good news is, again, the Dawgs are better. Also the Dawgs face two light weight non-conference foes when they return to Athens, Murray State and Arkansas State.
With nearly the entire Georgia offense returning and the defensive talent procured by the recruiting division of the Georgia football conglomerate, it should still be a fun season despite the challenging schedule. Save your pennies.