Georgia To Take On Oregon In The 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Georgia To Take On Oregon In The 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

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Georgia To Take On Oregon In The 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game


The Georgia Bulldogs will once again make the short bus trip to Atlanta to open the 2022 season, this time against the Oregon Ducks in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

This will mark Georgia’s fourth appearance in Atlanta for the annual season-opening event. The Dawgs played Boise State in 2011 in the Georgia Dome, North Carolina in 2016 and will play Virginia in 2020. This will be Oregon’s first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.

Georgia and Oregon have met once before, a 27-16 Bulldog victory in 1977 in Athens. The Dawgs and Ducks were scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016, but the games were mutually cancelled in 2011.

The Pac-12 Conference Ducks, known for their high octane offenses and assorted neon uniforms, haven’t been so high-flying the past two years. After finishing 2nd in the nation in 2014, the Ducks were 4-8 in 2016 and 7-6 last season. Former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal (he overlapped with UGA head coach Kirby Smart in Tuscaloosa from 2013-2015) is in his first full year as the head coach in Eugene. Oregon begins the current season ranked No. 24 and Georgia is No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason poll.

Besides the annual season-ending game with Georgia Tech, the Dawgs now have Power 5 non-conference games scheduled with Notre Dame at home in 2019, Virginia in Atlanta in 2020, Oregon in Atlanta in 2022, UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2025 and the Bruins in Athens in 2026.

Furthermore, Georgia and the Big-12’s Texas Longhorns are trying to schedule a home-and-home series possibly beginning in 2028. In addition, Georgia and Clemson have had discussions in scheduling a home-and-home series. Coach Smart and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have both talked favorably about getting the long-time rivals back on the schedule.

Auburn and the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies play in the 11th edition of this year’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. A marquee college football game, Chick-fil-A sandwiches and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in September — doesn’t get much better than that.

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