November 3, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt reacts to the fans in the student section after defeating the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Mississippi 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs officially have 2017, 2019 dates with Notre Dame

The news that former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Buck Belue broke this morning has now become official. UGA has agreed to a two-game home and home series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, according to a release from the school.

The series will open in South Bend on September 9, 2017, and then conclude in Athens on September 21, 2019. This will be the first time the two teams have met since the 1981 Sugar Bowl, a 17-10 Georgia win to secure the 1980 National Championship.

Athletic director Greg McGarity from the University of Georgia official release:

“This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience.”

UGA head coach Mark Richt also weighed in on the announcement:

“Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us. I have a lot of respect for the job Coach Kelly is doing there and I’m sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete.”

This is a clash of two traditional powers who have both seen their share of struggles over the past few decades. To have the Fighting Irish come play Between the Hedges for the first time will be an exciting event, and surely one that no Georgia or Notre Dame fan is going to want to miss.

For the Bulldogs, a trip to Notre Dame Stadium to play under the watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus will be a memorable experience as well. This is a long-overdue partnership that will only enhance both programs.

Thanks to our friends over at AtlAllDay for contributing to this story.

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