The Georgia football program has agreed to a home and home football series with the UCLA Bruins in 2025 and 2026 according to an announcement by UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
Is this a good move for the Bulldogs, or could it be the football equivalent of buying stock in Beanie Babies because everyone is clamoring for them right now.
It seems like a savvy move because Jim Mora has the Bruins on the rise. They’ve been contenders in the Pac-12 for the last few seasons, they’ve turned the tables on rival USC, and they’re doing some tremendous recruiting out west.
“This home and home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports the Rose Bowl and Sanford Stadium,” said McGarity via GeorgiaDogs.com. “These games will attract significant national attention on the opening weekend of the college football season, and we are thankful to our peers at UCLA for making this series happen.”
The games will be played in Pasadena on August 30, 2025, and in Athens on September 5, 2026. The Bulldogs are 2-0 all time against the Bruins, with the last meeting being in 1983 at Sanford Stadium.
The thing is, this series isn’t happening for 10 more years, and a lot can happen in a decade. Right now, every Power-5 team wants to wean themselves from playing creampuffs (especially late in the season) and is trying to build up strength of schedule. 10 years from now, who knows how strong UCLA will be? They may very well slip back into the bowels of the Pac-12.
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We’ve seen this quick fix and then sudden decline with Mora before.
Yes, it’s a fresh face and a school that Georgia fans haven’t had the opportunity to see, but there are plenty of Power-5 schools within driving distance of the Bulldog Nation that could just as easily boost the schedule strength and would be teams that Georgia has rarely, if ever, faced.
For right now, it’s interesting news, but without the ability to see 10 years down the road, it’s really hard to know if this will end up becoming a big boost, or a big waste of time for the Dawgs.