Following a tumultuous day on college football that saw No. 1 ranked Alabama fall to unranked Texas A&M, ESPN’s College GameDay announced its destination for Week 7 of the college football season, and it’s an unexpected battle of undefeated teams.
The preeminent college pregame show is coming to Athens, GA for the second time in three weeks to be on-site for the Top 15 matchup nobody predicted between the Georgia Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky comes Between The Hedges riding high after consecutive wins at the friendly confines of Kroger Field over Florida and LSU, while Georgia returns home after disposing of Auburn in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
Which headgear will Lee Corso choose for Dawgs-Cats? Coach Corso donned the Hairy Dawg headgear inside of Sanford Stadium prior to Georgia’s pig pickin’ against Arkansas two weeks ago.
This will be College GameDay’s seventh trip to the Classic City and the second time Myers Quad will play host to Rece, Desmond, Coach, and Kirk this season.
Georgia football will look to extend its winning streak to five when College GameDay is in attendance.
GameDay’s first six trips to Georgia’s campus provided these game results:
October 10, 1998: #5 Tennessee vs. #3 Georgia – Tee Martin and the Vols came Between the Hedges and dominated the Dawgs, walking out of Athens with a convincing 22-3 win en route to winning a national title.
September 27, 2009: #8 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia – The Blackout that wasn’t, Alabama came out and punched the Dawgs in the mouth, racing to a 31-0 halftime lead and showing that the highly-anticipated 2008 season would lack the magic of 2007. The 41-30 final was more a cosmetic, than representative, result.
September 28, 2013: #6 LSU vs. #9 Georgia – Murray vs. Mettenberger. One of the louder days in Sanford Stadium’s storied history. A whoever has the ball last will win offensive rollercoaster, Aaron Murray found Justin Scott-Wesley for the game-clinching touchdown with less than two minutes left in the 4th quarter.
September 21, 2019: #7 Notre Dame vs. #3 Georgia – A picture-perfect day in Athens to host Notre Dame fans in the Classic City and return the favor for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend for Dawgs fans in South Bend two seasons prior, Jake Fromm and Lawrence Cager sealed the win for Georgia late. It was also the debut of the celebrated red lights at Sanford to add to the already electric Light Up Sanford tradition at the close of the third quarter.
October 3, 2020: #7 Auburn vs. #3 Georgia – Stetson Bennett and Georgia’s defense led the Dawgs to a 27-6 win over the Tigers in last year’s rendition of The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Gameday was held inside Sanford Stadium with no fans present due to COVID-19 restrictions.
October 2, 2021: #8 Arkansas vs. #2 Georgia – the Junkyard Dawgs defense stopped the Arkansas momentum train in its tracks, shutting out the Hogs and holding them to 162 yards of total offense. Zamir White led the way on offense, finding the endzone twice on the ground, while also adding a TD on special teams after recovering a blocked punt for a score.
Georgia fans should arrive early and bring the same ELITE energy that set the tone for the Dawgs romp over Arkansas two weeks ago.