Auburn, Georgia rivalry to be played earlier in 2020

Matt Lowe

February 21, 2019 at 4:42 pm.

Auburn University and the University of Georgia have been playing football against one another annually since 1892.

Ever since 1937, the teams have met every year in November. But change is about to come to the “Oldest Rivalry in the South.”

In fact, the Southeastern Conference is expected to move the Auburn and Georgia game to late September/early October starting in 2020.

The move was confirmed by UGA president Jere Morehead and athletic director Greg McGarity following the annual winter meeting of the athletic association’s board of directors at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education earlier in the week.

“I don’t have much reaction to it,” Morehead said. “As I understand it, the conference has switched Auburn and Tennessee and, you know, they had their reasons for doing it.

“I suppose if I was looking at the schedules, the keys for me would be asking if the head football coach is happy with the schedule and has our athletic director vetted it properly. All those things have been done.”

Tennessee, another rival of the Bulldogs, will likely replace the Tigers familiar slot in November.

It’s still up in the air who will replace Georgia on Auburn’s schedule, but the Tigers are already scheduled to play UMass on Nov. 14, 2020.

Auburn plays at Florida, at Arkansas (following a bye week) and at LSU in October of this year. Those games are sandwiched between home dates versus Mississippi State at the end of September and a home meeting with Ole Miss in early November.

The SEC will announce the complete 2020 conference schedule sometime this year. Confirmation on those schedules could come sometime this summer.