Ohio State and Georgia cancelled their home-and-home series, slated for 2020/2021 and with it ends any dream of seeing Mark Richt and Urban Meyer reignite their BFF relationship. Before the SEC claims fear on the part of the Buckeyes, well that’s going to happen regardless, the Buckeyes’ anchor here was a previous agreement. By 2017, the Pac 12 and Big Ten plan to have at least one non-conference inter-sectional game scheduled for each of their respective teams and Ohio State’s ledger is full. That’s unfortunate and while there’s a portion of the punditry already blaming it on the Final Four playoff (re: argument is that there’s no reason for early season losses when assured wins keep teams in the race), the Buckeyes and Bulldogs simply hit a wall of bad timing.
And in their respective conferences, Georgia and Ohio State actually schedule with a pair unlike many of their colleagues. In recent seasons, the Buckeyes have traveled to and hosted USC, Texas and Miami with Cal, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Virginia Tech on the docket. The ‘Dawgs have played Oklahoma State and Boise State non-conference with an annual rivalry continuing with Georgia Tech as well as a home-and-home with Clemson in 2013/2014.
And while the opening line alludes to the sometimes flustered professional relationship between Meyer and Richt (Georgia coaches sent the entire team onto the field to celebrate a touchdown against the Gators in 2007, Meyer returned the favor in 2008 by calling two late timeouts in a destruction of Georgia), neither will have been at their current job in eight years.
But it’s a frustrating end to an intriguing game. Perhaps we’ll see more of them. With the a playoff ahead though, chances are as likely as the two coaches mentioned above meeting for a spontaneous happy hour.