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Georgia photo by Lauren Tolbert / Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, shown here during last year's 36-17 win over Florida, believes that playing the Gators in Jacksonville is a disadvantage for both schools in recruiting.

Georgia and Ohio State announced a home-and-home football series Thursday morning, with the Bulldogs scheduled to host the Buckeyes in 2030 before traveling to Columbus in 2031.

"We are committed to playing in as many big games as possible, keeping Georgia on the national stage," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a released statement. "Matchups with a team like Ohio State are one of the many reasons great players come to Georgia."

The Bulldogs and Buckeyes have met just once before, with Georgia prevailing 21-14 in the Citrus Bowl following the 1992 season.

"This is yet another opportunity to compete against the very best in college football," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in the release. "To have Ohio State Between the Hedges in 2030, and the return trip to the Horseshoe in 2031 — it will be another high-level matchup that will gain national attention.

"National home-and-home matchups in the future with Oklahoma, Clemson, UCLA, Florida State and Texas will provide our student-athletes and fans the best experiences in college football."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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