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Fans Split On Big Potential Change To Georgia-Florida Rivalry

Georgia football players kneeling before a game.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27: The Georgia Bulldogs take a knee during a game against the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Georgia-Florida rivalry is one of the biggest inter-state rivalries in college football, but it could be undergoing a major change in the next few years. That change is creating a bit of a rift with fanbases of both schools.

In recent media interviews, Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Florida coach Dan Mullen have expressed their uncertainty as to where the game will be played beyond 2021. The game has been held at a neutral site in Jacksonville since the 1930s, but that could be coming to an end soon. The city of Jacksonville is at almost an equal distance between the two schools.

Mullen specifically seemed unsure as to whether moving the game to a home-and-home series would be better or worse. On one hand, he argued, having it played in Jacksonville every year made for a unique atmosphere. On the other hand, he empathized with his Georgia rival for losing out on a potential game to use for recruiting in their state.

As for the fans, there seemed to be a lot of division online as to whether moving the game would be a positive or a negative.

Some expressed an eagerness to keep the nine-decades-old tradition going:

Others thought it was a good idea to let the teams experience each other's campus stadiums:

Whichever side wins out, the games will likely continue to be among the most entertaining in all of college football - and with super-high stakes too.

The winner of The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has ultimately secured a spot in the SEC Championship Game nine times since 2006.