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Penn State Football: Series With Georgia In The Future?

by on April 28, 2015 9:20 PM

With many Nittany Lion football fans pining for marquee matchups, a Penn State-Georgia series might not be out of the question.

According to Seth Emerson of The Telegraph in Georgia, Bulldogs' athletic director Greg McGarity is interested in getting his fans on the road to some of the nation's most "iconic" stadiums.

When asked about some schools like Ohio State and Michigan, McGarity seemingly disregarded them according to Emerson. When asked about Penn State in addition to USC and UCLA, McGarity reportedly showed a genuine interest.

"I think Penn State would be a great matchup," McGarity said at an event on Tuesday according to Emerson's report. "You're thinking like I'm thinking. Those are the type of venues that we'd love to play in. You mentioned three, and those are three that I would agree with you on. You've got the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl and Happy Valley. I think our fans, that'd be pretty neat. So that's the type of iconic things that we're talking about doing."

On the surface, the meeting makes sense considering James Franklin's obvious ties to the south and his former SEC colleagues. Equally important is the growing interest by major college football programs to improve out-of-conference scheduling. The obvious implication being a stronger resume for the playoff committee to consider when the postseason nears.

Add in the fact that Penn State won the 1983 national title game against the Bulldogs and there is some history to throw into the mix.

"We are in discussions with multiple schools about future non-conference games." A Penn State spokesperson said Tuesday night when asked about the possibility of a series with Georgia. Penn State generally does not confirm scheduling talks prior to the official announcements. Recent talks with LSU and Alabama are exceptions to that rule.

As of today, Penn State's non-conference schedule is completed up until the 2019 season but schedules are frequently modified.

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