With Oklahoma and Texas' move to the SEC, SI Sooners gives fans a quick catch-up on each program from the conference to learn your new rivals. Today: Georgia.
Location: Athens, Georgia
Stadium: Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Head Coach: Kirby Smart
Claimed Football National Titles: 2 (1942, 1980)
Favorite Gameday Tradition: Disappointing Georgia (specifically Atlanta) sports fans, Calling the Dawgs
Football Royalty: Herschel Walker, Charley Trippi, Frank Tarkenton, Terrell Davis, Champ Bailey, Glenn “Pop” Warner
Famous Alumni: Mariah Taylor, Alton Brown, Chip Caray, Ernie Johnson
Of Note: The Bulldogs are (partly) responsible for today’s media landscape surrounding collegiate athletics. In 1984, Georgia joined Oklahoma’s lawsuit against the NCAA levying the accusation that the NCAA had monopolized the television contract in college football. The case, NCAA vs. The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, made it all the way to the Supreme Court. OU and UGA won their battle, essentially granting schools the ability to negotiate their television deals, leading to Grants of Rights, third tier rights, and all the buzzwords surrounding the ever-changing landscape of conference realignment. Essentially, if Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a time machine, he could have eliminated the headaches of the last week if he went back in time to stop Oklahoma and Georgia from changing college football forever.
Series History with Oklahoma: Georgia leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2018 Rose Bowl — Georgia won 54-48
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