Georgia, UCLA schedule football series for 2025, '26

Georgia, UCLA schedule football series for 2025, '26

June 18th, 2015 by David Paschall in Sports - College

University of Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the Bulldogs' home-and-home series with UCLA in 2025 and 2026 will "attract significant national attention on the opening weekend of the college football season." Photo by The Associated Press.

Photo by Ashley Strickland

The Georgia Bulldogs are going to the Rose Bowl.

In a decade.

Georgia and UCLA announced a two-year football series Wednesday, with the games taking place in 2025 and '26. The Bulldogs and Bruins will play in Pasadena on Aug. 30, 2025, and in Athens on Sept. 5, 2026.

"This home-and-home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports — the Rose Bowl and Sanford Stadium," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. "These games will attract significant national attention on the opening weekend of the college football season, and we are thankful to our peers at UCLA for making this series happen."

Georgia and UCLA have played twice before, with the Bulldogs winning both times. Georgia defeated UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl following the 1942 regular season and prevailed 19-8 at Sanford Stadium in the 1983 season opener.

Halfback Frank Sinkwich, the 1942 Heisman Trophy winner, accounted for the only touchdown in the Rose Bowl win over the Bruins. Georgia's win in '83 marked the first game for the Bulldogs following the early departure of tailback Herschel Walker, who won the 1982 Heisman as a junior and was 32-1 in regular-season games and 18-0 in Southeastern Conference contests.

In addition to facing Georgia Tech annually, the Bulldogs are playing North Carolina in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta and have an upcoming home-and-home series scheduled with Notre Dame. Georgia will travel to South Bend in 2017 and host the Irish in 2019.

Tide's Flowers ineligible

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that freshman tailback DeSherrius Flowers will not be allowed to enroll this fall due to a recently discovered eligibility issue. Flowers, a 6-foot-1, 211-pounder from Mobile, Ala., arrived in January and participated in spring practice but wasn't always healthy.

Saban also announced that redshirt sophomore defensive back Jonathan Cook is no longer on the team. The 6-foot, 197-pounder from Daphne, Ala., played in three games last season.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.


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