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Ohio State, Georgia Agree To Home-And-Home Football Series

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Mark your calendars – the Ohio State Buckeyes and Georgia Bulldogs are now scheduled to play a home-and-home series in football.

OSU will visit UGA first, on September 14, 2030, with the Bulldogs paying a return trip to Columbus on August 30, 2031.

It will be the first time the teams have ever met during the regular season or in their home stadiums.

The only previous meeting between the schools came at the end of the 1992 season in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. Georgia won that game, 21-14.

You don’t need to start planning your tailgate parties just yet. The first game is just under 4,000 days away; 3,964 to be exact.

The true freshmen who will play in that game are currently more focused learning subtraction and not spilling juice boxes on themselves in second grade.

Still, it’s exciting to see another marquee name on the Buckeyes’ future calendar.

The full release from Ohio State is below.


Ohio State & Georgia Agree to Home-and-Home Football Series

Power 5 contenders will meet in 2030 in Athens and in 2031 in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University and the University of Georgia have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2030 and 2031 seasons. Ohio State will make its first trip to Georgia’s Sanford Stadium Sept. 14, 2030, while Georgia will visit Ohio Stadium for the first time on Aug. 30, 2031.

The games will represent the first regular season contests for Ohio State vs. a Southeastern Conference opponent since the 1987 and 1988 seasons, when Ohio State played a home-and-home series with LSU. The Tigers and Buckeyes played at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 24, 1988, a 36-33 Ohio State victory in the last Ohio Stadium game featuring an SEC school. Ohio State has played 85 non-conference home games since.

“This is going to be a terrific series for fans of both programs to look forward to down the road,” Diana Sabau, Ohio State University Deputy Athletics Director, said. “This series is a testament to our commitment to scheduling and playing really good intersectional contests. It’s these kind of games that make for memorable experiences for our student-athletes.”

Ohio State and Georgia have met just once on the gridiron. The Bulldogs, coached by Ray Goff, capped a 10-2 season with a 21-14 victory over John Cooper’s Buckeyes in the Jan. 1, 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl, played in Orlando. Robert Smith made his way into the end zone twice for the Buckeyes off short runs. Garrison Hearst scored twice for the Bulldogs off short runs. Frank Harvey finished a game-winning 80-yard fourth-quarter drive with a TD on a run from the one. Ohio State ended the season at 8-3-1.

Georgia played for the College Football Playoff championship in 2017, posted 11 wins in 2018 and is currently No. 6 in the initial 2019 CFP playoff rankings with a 7-1 record. The Buckeyes, inaugural winners of the CFP national championship, have six 12-or-more victory seasons since 2012 and are No. 1 in the CFP rankings with an 8-0 record heading into Saturday’s nationally televised (FOX Sports) game at Ohio Stadium against Maryland.

Ohio State now has five home-and-home series and 10 total games scheduled with Power 5 teams in the next 12 years, including:

2020 – at Oregon

2021 – Oregon

2022 – Notre Dame

2023 – at Notre Dame

2024 – at Washington

2025 – at Texas

2025 – Washington

2026 – Texas

2030 – at Georgia

2031 – Georgia

 

[Header photo courtesy Georgia football]

7 Responses

  1. I like these big OOC home and home games. In 2016, it was a big win at Oklahoma that propelled the Buckeyes into the CFP. And when the playoffs expand, these Power 5 OOC games will be a big factor in deciding at-large bids. Go Bucks!

    1. Out of the trip to Columbus. $$$ worked for TCU this year.

    2. c’mon-don’t be unnecessarily negative here. this is great, and props to GA for even making the effort to get out of their backyard. compare and contrast to ala, among others in that league.

    3. Kinda like how Ohio State backed out of playing Georgia once Urban was in charge???

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