The Southeastern Conference on Monday released its cross-division football schedule for the next decade, making heavyweight news in early May – the only way the SEC knows how.
The cross-over schedule comes in lieu of last month’s decision to stay at an eight game slate, which all but one SEC coach, Nick Saban, voted for.
Each school will play its six division foes, one built-in cross-over rivalry (such as Georgia-Auburn) and one revolving game each year against an opposite division opponent.
That was already the case since the SEC expanded in 2012 (Georgia played LSU last year and will play at Arkansas this fall), but the long-term schedule wasn’t finalized until Monday.
Perhaps the one game that fans already have highlighted is the 2015 meeting between Georgia and Alabama in Athens.
These teams last played in a thrilling SEC title game in 2012 in favor of the Tide, who held surging Georgia at the five-yard line to win 32-28; paving way for their third BCS title in four years.
These teams have played just five times since 1995, and not in the regular season since an Alabama blowout in Athens in 2008 when Georgia opened the season No. 1.
Fans on either side can recall that contest as the infamous “blackout” game in which Georgia donned black jerseys in a trite attempt to build a home field advantage.
The Bulldogs have not worn black since.
The 2015 meeting between the two will certainly add luster to what was already perceived as a bland home schedule that includes nonconference games against Southern (La.), Louisiana-Monroe and Georgia Southern.
Here are Georgia's cross-over oppnents through 2025:
2016: at Ole Miss
2017: Miss. State
2018: at LSU
2019: Texas A&M
2020: at Alabama
2022: at Miss. State
2023: Ole Miss
2024: at Texas A&M