“It’s kind of a goal we’ve had is over the next decade to play in some iconic stadiums,” McGarity said Wednesday. “We’ve been able to accomplish that with Notre Dame in South Bend (in 2017) and UCLA in Pasadena. If we can get something done with a Big Ten opponent, we will have done that.”
The Bruins are the second high-profile opponent Georgia has added to its schedule in recent years. The Bulldogs will play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 2017 and then host the Fighting Irish in Athens in 2019.
Georgia is still trying to identify a Big Ten opponent to play between 2021-23. The Bulldogs have faced two Pac-12 teams in recent years. They played Arizona State in Tempe in 2009, winning 27-10, and lost at Colorado in Boulder 29-27 the next year.
The Georgia game is also representative of UCLA’s efforts to bolster its non-conference schedule. The Bulldogs will be the third SEC team the Bruins play over the next 10 years. They’re set to play Texas A&M in 2016-17 and LSU in 2021 and 2024. UCLA also announced a nonconference home game against South Alabama on Sept. 17, 2022. That game comes a week after the Bruins start a home-and-home series against Michigan in Ann Arbor. UCLA has also scheduled a home-and-home with Cincinnati beginning in 2018.