Georgia football has been very aggressive in its scheduling as of late. Over the next few seasons, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma, Clemson, Florida State, and Texas will appear on the Bulldogs’ schedule.
That is on top of the annual SEC slate, which has gotten tougher for teams in the East division as of late. Georgia also has an annual rivalry with Georgia Tech.
Still, teams need their cupcake games. The Dawgs are not immune to this, even with dwindling schedule spots.
This week, Georgia added Conference USA squad Western Kentucky to the 2026 schedule.
It appears that this is a one-off game at Sanford Stadium for the Dawgs and Hilltoppers, per college football insider Brett McMurphy.
Georgia adds 2026 home game w/Western Kentucky
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 12, 2019
Sanford Stadium will be busy that season. Georgia is also set to host UCLA and Georgia Tech in the non-conference slate. If the fourth team is an FCS squad, that will make it a full home non-conference slate in 2026 for UGA. It is unclear what the plans are for that fourth slot as of now.
Western Kentucky was one of the stalwarts of Conference USA just a few seasons ago, peaking under Jeff Brohm, who parlayed a very successful tenure into the job at Purdue.
Mike Sanford Jr. went just 9-16 in two seasons, and was fired after the 2018 campaign. Tyson Helton, brother of USC head coach Clay Helton, is the new Hilltoppers coach.
The two sides have faced off just once before, a 48-12 win for the Dawgs back in 2006.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia will pay WKU $1.9 million to come to Sanford Stadium, matching the amount it will pay to other recently-announced games against UMass, UAB, and Kent State.