The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked 3rd in the 2019 preseason Top 25 AP Poll. UGA received a total of 1,403 points and no first-place votes.
UGA is also ranked 3rd in the preseason Coaches Poll that was released on Thursday, August 1.
Four of Georgia’s 2019 opponents are ranked in the preseason poll. Florida is ranked 8th, Notre Dame is ranked 9th, Texas A&M is ranked 12th, and Auburn is ranked 16th.
The Clemson Tigers top the preseason AP rankings. SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 include Alabama (2), Georgia (3), LSU (6), Florida (8), Texas A&M (12), and Auburn (16).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven teams in the AP Top 25 poll. The SEC is second with six teams, and they are followed by the Pac-12 with five, Big 12 with three, ACC with two, and the American and Independents with one each.
The complete 2019 Preseason AP Poll is listed below (first-place votes in parentheses):
1. Clemson (52)
2. Alabama (10)
5. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
12. Texas A&M
15. Penn State
18. Michigan State
21. Iowa State
23. Washington State
Others Receiving Votes
Others receiving votes:Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi St. 87, Miami 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise St. 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno St. 8, Utah St. 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian St. 5, UAB 3, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma St. 3, Arizona St. 3, Arizona 1, Southern Cal 1.
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a verbal commitment for 2020 on Saturday night from four-star offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran of New Orleans, Louisiana (Warren Easton High School).
Van Pran announced his commitment to the Bulldogs via his Twitter account.
— Sedrick Van Pran (@LXIII_NOVA) August 18, 2019
Sedrick Van Pran (6-4, 305) committed to Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs over Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Arkansas. He also had offers from most of the top schools in the country, including Auburn, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and others.
In the 247Sports Composite, Sedrick Van Pran is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 3 offensive center, and the No. 101 overall recruit for the 2020 class.
Van Pran is also rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. They list him as the No. 72 overall recruit and the best offensive center in the country.
Shortly after Van Pran’s commitment tonight, Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman chimed in with his customary Twitter video.
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) August 18, 2019
With Van Pran’s commitment, the Georgia Bulldogs now have the 5th best recruiting class in the 247Sports team rankings for 2020. Georgia currently trails Clemson (1), Alabama (2), LSU (3), and Ohio State (4).
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The Georgia Bulldogs have added UAB, UMass, and three FCS opponents to their future football schedules, the Athens Banner-Herald has reported.
The UAB Blazers will travel to take on the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Sept. 23, 2023. The Bulldogs will pay the Blazers a $1.9 million guarantee for the contest.
Georgia and UAB are also scheduled to meet in Athens on Sept. 11, 2021, which was previously announced.
The UMass Minutemen will return to Sanford Stadium on Nov. 23, 2024, and they will receive the same guarantee of $1.9 million. Georgia hosted UMass last season and defeated the Minutemen 66-27.
Georgia has also added home games against three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. The Bulldogs will host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Nov. 20, 2021, the Samford Bulldogs on Sept. 10, 2022, and the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Sept. 7, 2024.
UGA will pay $500,000 guarantees to both Charleston Southern and Samford and a $550,000 guarantee to Tennessee Tech.
With the addition of these five games, Georgia’s non-conference schedules for 2021, 2022, and 2024 are now complete.
Georgia’s 2021 schedule opens at home against the San Jose State Spartans on Sept. 4, one week before UAB comes to town. The Bulldogs then host Charleston Southern before closing the regular-season at Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
The 2022 season begins on Sept. 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff against the Oregon Ducks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Two weeks after a visit from Samford, Georgia plays host to the Kent State Golden Flashes (Sept. 24). Georgia concludes the season in Athens on Nov. 26 against Georgia Tech.
Georgia’s 2024 slate also begins with a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta. The Bulldogs take on the Clemson Tigers in that contest on Aug. 31. The remaining three non-conference contests for UGA are all at Sanford Stadium — Tennessee Tech (Sept. 7), UMass (Nov. 23), and Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
Georgia will play two non-conference games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents in both the 2022 and 2024 seasons. Other seasons when Georgia takes on two FBS teams outside of SEC play include 2019 (vs. Notre Dame, at Georgia Tech), 2020 (vs. Virginia, vs. Georgia Tech), 2025 (at UCLA, at Georgia Tech), 2026 (vs. UCLA, vs. Georgia Tech), 2027 (at Florida State, at Georgia Tech), 2028 (at Texas, vs. Florida State, vs. Georgia Tech), 2029 (vs. Texas, at Clemson, at Georgia Tech), 2030 (vs. Clemson, vs. Georgia Tech), 2031 (vs. Oklahoma, at Georgia Tech), 2032 (vs. Clemson, vs. Georgia Tech), and 2033 (at Clemson, at Georgia Tech).
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The Georgia Bulldogs will host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in 2026, it was announced on Monday.
Georgia will host Western Kentucky at Sanford Stadium in Athens on September 12, 2026. The game will be only the second meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
In their first matchup on Sept. 2, 2006 in Athens, the Bulldogs defeated the Hilltoppers 48-12.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers compete in Conference USA. The 2019 season will be their first under new head coach Tyson Helton, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tennessee last season.
Western Kentucky is the third scheduled non-conference opponent for the Bulldogs in 2026. Georgia is slated to open the season against the UCLA Bruins in Athens on Sept. 5 and will host the in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Nov. 28 to close out the regular-season.
In SEC play in 2026, Georgia is scheduled to host Auburn, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium and play Florida in Jacksonville (pending a contract renewal). The Bulldogs will travel to take on Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2019 season on Saturday, August 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.