Smart said he believes schools playing more competitive schedules is becoming a trend.
“I just think that’s the way football’s headed, I’ll be honest with you,” Smart said. “I think the day of playing more competitive games, there’s more parity in our conference. I think going out and playing tougher opponents is a good thing.
“I don’t run from that competition. I think it’s the best thing for the game.”
Smart said there are several reasons behind his philosophy.
“You look at dwindling attendance, the opportunity to go recruit, to play on a big stage,” Smart said. “I think the conference schedule that we play is plenty tough enough. Let me be sure and say that. Extremely tough as a matter of fact.
“But I want Georgia on the national stage playing against great competition.”
Smart was asked how that might affect the Bulldogs’ annual rivalry game with Florida in Jacksonville, as playing those future home-and-home series takes more games away from Sanford Stadium.
“I don’t know, I think that’s always up for discussion,” Smart said. “We have a contract with Jacksonville, which is a couple years out (2021).
“I think you’re always looking to see what you can do to help your program get better. Nothing’s off the table. But nothing’s been decided either.”