2018 G-Day game: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

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How to watch G-Day on TV and online

The G-Day spring game is this Saturday afternoon in Athens, giving Georgia football fans their first look at the 2018 edition of their beloved Bulldogs. And if UGA coach Kirby Smart gets his way, there will be a packed house at Sanford Stadium.

“We are a week away from G-Day and we are certainly excited for what forecasters are suggesting will be a great weather day and we are challenging our fans to come out,” Smart said Saturday. “There is no greater ability to challenge our team and younger players than to put whatever the maximum number of fans the stadium will seat right now in there. Our fans have been incredible this season and they’ll have the chance to come out and see our players, our early enrollees come out and compete.”

There are two interconnected reasons to expect a big crowd Saturday. First, Smart has banged the G-Day drum since the season ended. He’s hammered home how important a packed spring game can be to Georgia’s recruiting efforts, so fans will want to do their part in helping bring top talent to Athens. Which bring me to the second reason: recruiting. Smart inked the top recruiting class in college football earlier this year, and fans are clamoring to see some of the early enrollees such as quarterback Justin Fields, defensive end/outside linebacker Brenton Cox and tackle Cade Mays.

There’s also the little matter of 2017 being one of the most surprising and successful seasons in program history. There’s a lot of excitement around the program right now, and fans will take Georgia football any way they can get it.

Because construction on the West End Zone project removed thousands of seats at Sanford and the expected high turnout, Georgia has instituted a (free) pass system for G-Day. Upon entering, fans will be given a pass that will assign them to a section of the stadium. Gate 10 (under the bridge next to the Tate Center) will be closed, but all other gates will be open as usual. Georgia suggests fans enter through a gate near where they would like to sit in the Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. ET. The Dawg Walk will take place at 2:50 p.m. ET.

For any fans who can’t make it to Athens, G-Day will be easier than ever to watch on TV or online. ESPN will televise the game live at 4 p.m. ET. If you have an ESPN cable subscription, you can also watch online at WatchESPN.

Date/Time: 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 21

Venue: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.


Streaming: WatchESPN

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 71°, zero percent chance of rain

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Georgia conducts second scrimmage of spring

There are still two practices left in the spring session — Tuesday and Thursday — but the Bulldogs conducted their final G-Day warmup scrimmage on Saturday.

The biggest news to come out of that scrimmage was that D’Andre Swift, the presumptive starter at tailback, may miss G-Day with a groin injury. Swift still participated in the scrimmage on Saturday, working in pass protection and running routes, but didn’t do “full, live tackle,” according to Smart.

Smart also noted injuries to defensive back Jarvis Wilson (foot) and wide receiver Matt Landers (thumb). Wilson didn’t scrimmage Saturday, but Landers played with a cast on his hand. Smart even complimented Landers on making an “explosive play” in the scrimmage.

There was also much ado about nothing regarding Natrez Patrick. The inside linebacker, who entered substance-abuse treatment following an arrest last December, was not spotted by media members during the time they were allowed to view the scrimmage Saturday. Smart ended any speculation about Patrick’s status later that afternoon, when he told reporters Patrick was attending a funeral and arrived at practice a few minutes after the media left.

Odds & ends

Some other Georgia football items published by DawgNation over the weekend not directly related to the scrimmage Saturday.

WR Mecole Hardman really wants to score a return touchdown, and even has a celebration for when/if he does. But despite flashes of from Hardman in the return games last year, Smart isn’t ready to give him the job quite yet.

With Swift potentially missing G-Day, it means we’ll get to see a lot of Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield at tailback. And Chip Towers of DawgNation expects you to be impressed by what you see from Holyfield.

Unless something crazy happens, Justin Fields probably won’t redshirt this year. Seth Emerson of DawgNation explains why.


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