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Georgia football 2020 schedule released
If you're a big Georgia football and also planning a wedding to take place during the fall of 2020, you now have your date. The Bulldogs one Saturday off will be on Oct. 24. It will be the week before the Florida game, as is tradition.
However, that's one of the few traditions that the 2020 schedule will follow. We already knew the Auburn game would be moved up, and it will now be played on Oct. 10. It will be the first time since 1936 that the two sides have not met in November during the regular season.
There's also the fact that Georgia's season will begin on Monday. The Bulldogs will kick off their season on Monday when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Below is Georgia's complete 2020 schedule along with some takeaways and observations about the schedule Georgia has for the 2020 season
Georgia football 2020 schedule
Sept. 7 : (Mon.) Virginia (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta)
Sept. 12 : EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 19 at Alabama
Sept. 26 UL-MONROE
Oct. 3 VANDERBILT
Oct. 10 AUBURN
Oct. 17 at Missouri
Oct. 24 Open Date
Oct. 31 Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 7 at South Carolina
Nov. 14 TENNESSEE
Nov. 21 at Kentucky
Nov. 28 GEORGIA TECH
1. Georgia football has a Monday night party
The Bulldogs will play at least three games in Mercedes Benz Stadium from 2020-2024. Georgia will play Oregon in 2022 and Clemson in 2024. But the first of those opponents isn't quite on the same level, as the Bulldogs will play Virginia to open the season.
That might not be the worst thing in the world given Georgia's offense could see a lot of turnover from the 2019 team, should the likes of Jake Fromm, D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas could all depart for the NFL.
The game being on means Georgia will only five days to prepare for its next opponent. However, that next opponent is East Tennessee State, an FCS level school. Georgia fans shouldn't lose much sleep over the "short" turnaround.
2. Georgia football returns to Alabama for the first time in a long time
Georgia has played Alabama five times since the Bulldogs last played in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The last time Georgia took on the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium was also the last time Georgia beat Alabama, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 26-23 victory thanks to an overtime touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Mikey Henderson.
There's a real chance these two teams meet again before the Sept. 19 date in 2020, as both teams were projected to win their respective divisions.
It should also be taken into consideration that this game will be the lone CBS night game broadcast for the 2020 season, much like the Georgia-Notre Dame game is for the 2019 season. Even if Fromm and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declare early for the NFL, a lot of fans, media types and recruits will want to see this game
3. Georgia football to take on Auburn before Halloween
As we mentioned at the top, Georgia football will now take on Auburn in October. The game will come three weeks after Georgia's game against Alabama, as the Bulldogs play UL-Monroe and Vanderbilt in the two games prior to hosting the Tigers.
Many wondered what Georgia has to gain by moving up the game against Auburn. The Tigers were clearly motivated so that they would not have to play Georgia and Alabama in a three-week span. The SEC rewarded Auburn by having them take on LSU the week before traveling to Alabama next season. This is where you are supposed to laugh.
4. Georgia football to play Florida on Halloween
While there has been a lot of talk about the future of the Georgia-Florida game and whether or not it will remain in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2020 game will be held in Jacksonville. You can probably imagine that the game will once again be a 3:30 p.m. CBS kickoff.
The contract for the Georgia-Florida game runs through 2021, meaning this could be the penultimate game in Jacksonville. And it will be interesting to see if the future of this game has been announced by this point in the season. If it's one of the final games in Jacksonville, it could make the annual rivalry game an even bigger affair.
5. Georgia football will likely target Tennessee game as the big recruiting weekend
In 2018, Georgia used a November home game against Auburn to impress recruits such as Tyrique Stevenson and Nakobe Dean. Those two prospects, who were uncommitted to Georgia at the time, ended up picking and signing with the Bulldogs.
Georgia will use the Notre Dame game this season to be the big draw for recruits. As for the 2020 game, our best bet will be the Tennessee contest. The Volunteers figure to be an improved team in year three under Jeremy Pruitt, as he'll have another recruiting class under his belt. By this point, you can imagine that Pruitt and Kirby Smart will be going after a lot of the same recruits.
And a big win for Georgia over Tennessee under the Sanford Stadium lights could possibly help sway some of the top 2021 targets who should be in attendance for that game.
6. Georgia football has a much softer finish in 2020 than compared to 2019
Whereas Georgia's 2019 schedule features a brutal November finish with Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech, the 2020 November slate is much softer. Georgia will have only three November games and they come against South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
Only the Kentucky game is away from Sanford Stadium. The South Carolina and Georgia Tech squads could be improved with another recruiting class from Will Muschamp and Geoff Collins, but neither of those teams should scare Georgia as much as a Texas A&M squad led by Jimbo Fisher.
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