Georgia In The Big House? Not So Much

Submitted by Brian on July 1st, 2009 at 3:00 PM

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The Michigan Daily reports this doozy of a rumor:

Some sources tell me that the Athletic Department is looking into a home game against the University of Georgia in 2010, one that would also bring the Wolverines to Athens in 2011.

Whaaaa? A quick check of Georgia's future schedules reveals an open date in 2010 but the opening week of the season is currently filled by Louisiana Lafayette. UGA's other nonconference games that year are @ Colorado and @ Georgia Tech. In 2011, Georgia's schedule is already complete, with home games against Louisville, GT and a couple of cupcakes lined up.

To add Michigan, Georgia would have to…

  • accept three nonconference road games against legit opponents in 2010,
  • accept three nonconference home games against legit opponents in 2011,
  • move the Louisiana Lafayette game, and
  • cancel an existing 2011 game.

The former two would be unusual for any college football team not named USC. The latter two cost money. The athletic department can "look into" a home-and-home with Georgia all they want, but UGA is an poor fit for a home-and-home over the next couple years. They are not likely to go for it; if they do they're likely to demand exorbitant terms that Michigan will balk at.

Next, plz.

Comments

gpsimms not to…

July 1st, 2009 at 3:34 PM ^

is that the athletic department contacted a big-time team about a home and home. (Of course, that is if the rumor is true).

Georgia may be a logistic impossibility, but if the athletic department really contacted them, then they might be contacting other teams which Brian suggested on his Boise St. Post(6/19):

"NOT HAPPENING WITHOUT AN UNLIKELY RETURN GAME

Alabama
LSU
Arkansas
Cal
Georgia
Oklahoma State "

Any of those would be awesome. Also it's funny Brian sort of suggested Georgia had an opening, and now that there's a rumor out there it could be Georgia he destroys it.

ShockFX

July 1st, 2009 at 3:38 PM ^

Push Colorado back a year, take the return game in 2012.

Or just bump Colorado and Louisville. This isn't that unlikely. ESPN has enough $$$ to make this happen.

baorao

July 1st, 2009 at 3:53 PM ^

what if the return game isn't in 2011? we've done that before haven't we (Oregon 2007)? then they only have to move one game. Still they'd be looking at three legit non-conference road games plus the SEC schedule in 2010, but maybe if they're planning a 2011 national championship run they want their equally talented and inexperienced 2009 freshman 4 star QB to get a good deal of seasoning in 2010.

bronxblue

July 1st, 2009 at 6:24 PM ^

The one-year game between 2010 and 2012 wouldn't be that bad for either team, since it would give them a marque game on the calendar for next year while also whetting the appetites for fans in 2012, when both teams could be MNC competitors. Seems like a win-win to me.

MichiganStudent

July 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 PM ^

After reading some of the comments it still looks like it could be possible. Although, even if we don't play Georgia to open the season in 2010, I like the names of the teams being through out there that we might play.

Don

July 2nd, 2009 at 2:22 PM ^

that Sailboat Bill schedules a BCS team with a pulse and gives up a home date in the process. Boise State is the best we can hope to end up with.

ShockFX

July 2nd, 2009 at 2:32 PM ^

Why do people hate Bill Martin again? For a $220M self funded renovation of Michigan Stadium? For hiring excellent coaches at all varsity programs? For the new baseball stadium? For constantly being in the black?

Oh, it's because he may have been on a boat while Les Miles' agent might have been trying to contact him. Then we got Rich Rodriguez. Right, fuck him them.