The rematch is almost here.
Since Georgia’s home-and-home agreement with Notre Dame was announced five years ago, Bulldogs fans have been waiting for the Fighting Irish to come to Sanford Stadium. What they are getting is a matchup of top-10 teams in a prime-time showdown.
No. 3 Georgia against No. 7 Notre Dame. The schools have met twice, with Georgia winning each time. One brought a national championship (in the Sugar Bowl during the 1980 season) and the other showed Georgia fans’ exuberance (nearly half of Notre Dame stadium was occupied by UGA fans in September 2017).
After three games against lightly regard opponents, Georgia will face the challenge of a serious -increase in competition. That’s also true of Notre Dame, which has played Louisville and New Mexico this season.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action Saturday:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 21
Before the game: “Bulldogs Game Day” airs from 10-11 a.m. on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein and Heather Catlin host the show each Saturday.
Game time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens
Television: CBS will televise the game. Brad Nessler will handle play-by-play. Gary Danielson is the analyst, and Jamie Erdahl is the sideline reporter.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on WSB radio (750 AM/95.5 FM). Scott Howard is handling play-by-play. Eric Zeier is the analyst, and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter.
Satellite radio: You can listen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 84/84.
Online: GTV on georgiadogs.com.
5 things you may want to know:
> Notre Dame was ranked No. 7 when the teams met in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Georgia was ranked No. 1.
> The most recent top-10 matchup at Sanford Stadium occurred in 2013, when No. 9 Georgia defeated No. 6 LSU 44-41.
> Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book ranks second in the country (first among Power 5 quarterbacks) in average yards per completion, at 19.1 yards. Georgia’s Jake Fromm averages 14.3 yards.
> Notre Dame scored 66 points against New Mexico on Saturday, the most for the Fighting Irish since defeating Georgia Tech 69-14 in 1977, the season of a national championship for Notre Dame. Georgia scored 63 against Murray State two weeks ago, marking the eighth time the Bulldogs have scored 60 or more since 1977.
> The game likely will draw the largest crowd in Sanford Stadium history, with 500 temporary seats added to the stadium’s capacity of 92,746.