After a bit of a period of malaise - they recently went 20 years between conference titles - Georgia has come back strong. Over the past four years they've won two SEC championships and have been ranked in the top ten each season. Under Mark Richt, they've again become a national power, and Kyle adds a number of other interesting reasons the matchup is attractive.
But Georgia's re-emergence as a national power might be the reason why this matchup won't take place. With Michigan's recent struggles early in the season on the road, I doubt Lloyd Carr or Bill Martin would welcome a visit to Athens, Georgia. I think Lloyd got his fill of intersectional battles in L.A., Seattle, and Eugene. Sure, Athens is home to plenty of great bands, but if Lloyd travels down to Athens, it'd be more likely to be for AthFest. Plus, we still are scheduled to
Plus, I truly believe playing against great teams brings out the best in your team. Look at some college basketball teams like - I hate to admit it - Sparty. They play a super-tough out of conference schedule so that they're ready for the NCAA tournament. I know basketball is different from football, where one loss can kill your title chances, but playing at Georgia would make playing at places like Madison, Iowa City, and Columbus a little easier.
Besides, it would make the early season interesting. I'm tired of barely caring in September except against Notre Dame. Most of the early games I watch out of duty, and it's especially frustrating when I'm wasting the last vestiges of nice weather in the Midwest so that I can watch the Wolverines douse Eastern by 50 points. Those games aren't fun, and they'll still be on the schedule anyway. I just don't want three of them. Give me two MAC teams, Notre Dame and, yes, Kyle, Georgia. That would be a schedule worthy of a champion.