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:
The game should and hopefully will ALWAYS be played in Jacksonville.
— Nick (@Luxilon94) May 28, 2019
Amazing how this hack actually believes he is the voice of everyone.
— Rodney Ruxin (@RodneyRuxin8) May 29, 2019
The only people that want the Florida Georgia game moved are people that have never been to the Florida Georgia game.
— Donald Allen (@gatordon03) May 29, 2019
Others thought it was a good idea to let the teams experience each other’s campus stadiums:
— Mark Miller (@ThatMarkMiller) May 29, 2019
I want to go to the Swamp and beat them in their house. I was too young when we played in the 90s.
— Jimmy Whaley (@jwwhaley) May 29, 2019
To me it's not fair to the rest of the east. All conference games should equal
— Chad (@mxracinghonda) May 29, 2019
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.