Georgia to host Ball State instead of playing at Oklahoma in 2023
The Georgia Bulldogs were set to travel to take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman next season, but that game will no longer happen.
The SEC announced on Wednesday that they have directed Georgia not to play at Oklahoma in 2023, which would have been the first game of a home-and-home series that was scheduled to conclude at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., during the 2031 season.
With Oklahoma set to join the SEC in 2025, Georgia’s game in Norman in 2023 would be a non-conference contest and the Bulldogs would not get a non-conference return game from the Sooners.
As a result of that cancellation, Georgia has announced a replacement opponent for next season. The Bulldogs will host the Ball State Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) on Sept. 9, 2023, the same date that they were supposed to play at Oklahoma.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2023 season at home against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Sept. 2. The Bulldogs will also host the UAB Blazers on Sept. 23 and will travel to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Nov. 25 in non-conference action.
In SEC play in 2023, Georgia is scheduled to host Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Ole Miss and travel to Auburn, Florida (in Jacksonville, Fla.), Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Below is the full statement from the SEC on the Georgia-Oklahoma series:
The Southeastern Conference has directed the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee to postpone scheduled football games versus Oklahoma because the transition of Oklahoma into the SEC will not allow for the involved institutions to fulfill their respective contractual non-conference home-and-home appearance obligations.
Because the second non-conference game in each of the Georgia-Oklahoma and Tennessee-Oklahoma series is scheduled to take place after Oklahoma joins the SEC in 2025, the Conference is directing the postponement of the Georgia at Oklahoma game in 2023 and the Oklahoma at Tennessee game in 2024 until such time that those matchups become part of the Conference rotation of games in future years.