ATHENS, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Just over a year after the two schools played in what’s considered one of the greatest Rose Bowls ever, Georgia and Oklahoma have agreed to match-up again on the football field.
The two schools announced a home-and-home football series Monday for the 2023 and 2031 seasons.
The Bulldogs will travel to Norman on September 9, 2023, and the Sooners will play in Athens on September 13, 2031.
“Lincoln’s (Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley) doing a great job and we look forward to building on what was a great matchup in the Rose Bowl,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart in a news release. “Oklahoma and Georgia are two of the biggest name brands in college football and these will be great games in Norman and Athens.”
“Oklahoma has a great football tradition and success over a very long period of time,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “It will be a great intersectional game that I¹m sure will excite the fan bases of both institutions. In addition, playing the Sooners certainly adds to our continuing efforts at scheduling quality opponents outside the SEC.”
After criticism of Georgia’s non-conference schedule in 2018, Georgia has agreed to play some of the biggest programs in college football in future years.
Georgia’s previously announced home-and-home series with Power 5 non-conference opponents include two with Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson); Texas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens); UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens); and Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens).
Georgia and Oklahoma’s only other meeting produced a memorable game.
The Bulldogs edged the Sooners in double overtime, 54-48, in an epic College Football Playoff semi-final at the January 1, 2018, Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. Sony Michel’s 26-yard-touchdown run sent the Dawgs to the National Championship game, where they fell to Alabama at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.