MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Georgia and Ohio State have a signed "memorandum of understanding" for a home-and-home series during the 2020-21 football seasons, according to UGA athletics director Greg McGarity.
Exact dates and locations of the series have not yet been finalized, though the schools have agreed to play early in each season.
“The lure there is to try to play someone that really has a strong, rich, traditional football history,” McGarity said. “And I think it excites people to think of Ohio State between the hedges, and for us to go up to Columbus.”
The memorandum has been signed, McGarity said, but is not yet a formal contact. There are no television agreements with the games yet.
Georgia’s only previous meeting with Ohio State was in the Florida Citrus Bowl after the 1992 season, a game won 21-14 by the Bulldogs.
Asked about the deal, UGA coach Mark Richt said he was "all for that."
"Yeah, man. I hope I’m here to go to Columbus," Richt said.
McGarity previously told Dawgs247 that UGA had reached out to Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State about a possible series in the future.
“We were trying to see the first one we could probably lock in on,” McGarity said, “the first one that would basically say, ‘Yeah.’”
Now that Ohio State is on board, McGarity said Georgia likely will not look to schedule any of the other three. He views this kind of game as something that comes along “every eight to 10 years,” and the Bulldogs already are down to play Clemson in 2013-14.
From 2015-19, McGarity said, Georgia will strive to schedule seven home games each year.
And unless something changes, the Buckeyes will come onto the slate in 2020.
“That says you’re going to agree to do it unless something happens between now and then,” McGarity said. “It’s a long time away, but trust me, to get schools to do something like that, you’ve got to schedule way out in advance.”