After winning the SEC East last year, Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs have found themselves at the center of many a discussion. However, unlike last offseason, the atmosphere around Georgia is positive.
Quarterback Aaron Murray is considered a Heisman Trophy contender ,as well as, a contender for the Davey O’Brien Award. Linebacker Jarvis Jones is one of the top defensive players in the country and anchors what might be a top-five defense in the country. Mark Richt recently signed a contract extension, ensuring that he will stay at the helm for the next couple of years. Granted the suspensions of key players and dismissal of Isaiah Crowell have derailed the team but Georgia’s outlook for the season is the brightest it has been in years.
While all the publicity and hype around the team makes it easy for Georgia fans to support the team, it also has had a positive effect on the Dawg’s television schedule. For the past two years, Georgia fans have complained about noon starts for most of their games that create less time for tailgating. Media outlets usually select the best matchups or teams for primetime television slots and unfortunately, in the past, Georgia did not warrant a primetime slot.
Luckily, after last year’s season, this is not the case for the Bulldogs. The SEC recently its television schedule for the first month and UGA has two primetime games in its first three games. ESPN picked up the Georgia-Missouri tilt on September 8th and will kickoff at 7:45 p.m. The other game that was picked up was the game against FAU and will air on CSS at 7:30 p.m. on September 15th.
Last month, Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity unveiled a new ticket plan that will hopefully influence to fill the stadium. That will not be a problem this year. Sanford Stadium is always rocking at night and late kickoffs will only influence more fans to come see a game between the hedges.