That’s a bite of Smart – speaking on the Marty & McGee Show on ESPN – considering the pending NIL laws and the new one-time transfer rules.
The proposed 12-team playoff, held on Thursday and Friday during meetings in Chicago before the CFP Administrative Committee, would consist of the six top-ranked conference champions and the six teams rated highest by the CFP selection committee.
The top four teams will get bye tickets and teams 5-12 will play on the higher-ranking team’s campus to make it to the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals and semi-finals would be played in neutral bowl games, as is the current four-team format.
Georgia would have made the college football playoffs in the past four years if the playoffs had been with 12 teams.
Smart and Georgia have been planning for expanded playoffs for more than two years, adding future home and home series like:
• Oklahoma (away in 2023, at home in 2021),
• UCLA (away in 2025, at home in 2026)
• Florida State (2027 away, 2028 at home)
• Texas (away in 2028, at home in 2029).
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Louisville is another home in 2026 and 2027, though it’s hard to say whether the Cardinals will be more competitive than ACC opponent Georgia Tech, which UGA has traditionally played at home and away every season.
“I think a lot of this will boil down to the strength of the schedule,” Smart said on the ESPN show. “We have been trying for a long time to build up our deadline strength for the future, because it is not the losses that kill you; it’s not the best team.
“We tried to plan big Power 5s across our planning system in the hopes that this would give us the opportunity to play against some really good teams. And losses won’t kill you if you start talking about the top 12. You have to have a strong schedule and play against good teams. “
Georgia opens next season on September 4th at 7:30 pm against Clemson in Charlotte, NC
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The Bulldogs, who play Clemson’s 2024 opener in Atlanta, will have more non-conference games against UAB, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech in the coming season.
Georgia’s 2022 season against Oregon opens in Atlanta, with non-conference games against Samford, Kent State and Georgia Tech.