How Georgia ended up with weak 2023 schedule, why 2024 and beyond should be different

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ATHENS, Ga. — Josh Brooks’ mentions on Twitter exploded Tuesday night when Georgia’s 2023 football schedule was announced. The dozen opponents already were known, including the fact Oklahoma would not be among them. But sometimes when it all becomes official, and the average person sees the No. 1 team (this year) starting with the gauntlet of Tennessee-Martin, Ball State, South Carolina and UAB, all at home, well …

“What I would tell everyone is I understand it,” Brooks said Friday. “And I think that we’re solving a lot of that as you work through future SEC scheduling.”

Here’s how the 2023 schedule ended up seemingly so weak and how it could change in the future:

The Oklahoma series

When Georgia and Oklahoma agreed to a home-and-home, the assumption was the teams would be in separate conferences. They would play at Oklahoma in 2023 and at Georgia in 2031. Then the Sooners opted to join the SEC by 2025, perhaps a year earlier, meaning only the game at Oklahoma could happen according to the original contract.

Folding the 2031 game into the SEC schedule was a non-starter for logistical reasons. The SEC was the one to officially step in and order the series to be canceled, but Georgia was fully on board.

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