Clemson football fans will no longer have to wait several more years into the future for the Tigers to take on historical rival Georgia.
We told you last week that Clemson football was seeking to add a different non-conference opponent to its 2021 schedule to bolster the overall strength.
Well, the Tigers finally found a match and we’ll see Clemson take on historical rival Georgia in a neutral site game in 2021, according to Brett McMurphy.
Clemson and Georgia haven’t met since 2014 and were scheduled for several future games, including a neutral site tilt in Atlanta in 2024 and home-and-home series in 2029-30 and 2032-33.
The Tigers were in need of scheduling a quality opponent for 2021 since their original non-conference schedule was SC State, Wyoming, UConn and South Carolina. To make this work, the Tigers will now have to drop one of these four games through a likely buy-out.
Clemson isn’t going to drop the in-state game with SC State- currently slated for Sept. 11, 2021– or the rivalry game with South Carolina at the end of the season. That leaves UConn (which is scheduled for November of the 2021 season) and Wyoming (scheduled for Sept. 25) as the two possible options to be dropped.
A source told Tigernet that Wyoming is the likely team to be bought out to make Clemson’s schedule go back down to 12 games and that would make a lot of sense.
Renewing the rivalry with Georgia is, without a doubt, the right move for both programs heading into the 2021 season. Their non-conference schedule was previously San Jose State, UAB, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs will cancel that match-up with San Jose State (Sept. 4) to make the game with Clemson work.
In addition to renewing the rivalry and strengthening both program’s non-conference schedules, this game being played in Bank of America Stadium allows fans to have an exciting neutral-site option with neither team gaining an advantage in terms of home games for future series.