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Dabo Swinney Wants Clemson To Play Georgia Every Season

Dabo Swinney reacting during a football game.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a play in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Clemson and Georgia are pretty frequent non-conference rivals. The two sides have faced off 64 times dating back to the 1890s.

The last game in the series came in 2014, a 45-21 Georgia win. That was the second in a two game series, with the Tigers taking the 2013 edition.

Last week, Clemson and Georgia announced two more future games, to be played in 2032 in Athens, and 2033 in Clemson. That adds on to a previously-scheduled 2029 and 2030 home-and-home.

The two teams will also face off in the 2024 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

If Dabo Swinney had his way, Clemson and Georgia would play every single year.

The rivalry used to be an annual game. Swinney would welcome to Dawgs joining South Carolina as SEC programs on Clemson's annual slate.

From DawgNation:

“We should play Georgia every year if it was up to me,” Swinney said. “We’re 80 miles, and they need a game, we need a game. We had to travel to Texas A&M last year, when we could have gone 80 miles.”

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“For years and years and years, Clemson and Georgia played every year, and somewhere along the line that went away,” Swinney said.

“It’s a tough game because they are one of the best teams in the country, but it’s great game for the fans, and we have to play people. I’d just as soon play them than have to go all the way somewhere else to get a game.”

I don't imagine either side will actually commit to something like this. Georgia is busy scheduling just about every major program outside of the SEC to games, and it would be limiting on the flexibility that both programs have, with existing rivalries against Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

Still, it is nice to see major coaches interested in prominent on-campus games like this.

[DawgNation]