Georgia Cancels Series With Oregon, Which Has Outscored Georgia By 134 Points This Month

New AD Greg McGarity on the new scheduling philosophy that led to dropping the Oregon 2015, 2016 home-and-home:

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McGarity is scheduling to make a run for a national title. He also would like Georgia to play seven home games each season.

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McGarity’s scheduling template was set at Florida, where he helped athletic director Jeremy Foley put together the Gators’ schedules during their national championship seasons in 2006 and 2008.

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Florida hasn’t traveled outside the region for a regular-season game since 1991 when it played at Syracuse.

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"I realize some of these trips are great for fans, it’s fun," McGarity said. "But at the end of the day, you’re trying to get to the BCS championship game and what gives you the best way to get there?

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"I’m a big advocate that you’ve got eight extremely tough SEC games, you’ve got Georgia Tech, which is a tough, tough game. You just got to be careful on those other three games because you need to be at your best for your SEC games because the first goal is to get to Atlanta. What gives you the best chance to get to Atlanta? I think that model makes the most sense."

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Florida’s 2006 nonconference schedule consisted of Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, Western Carolina and Florida State, a rival the Gators play every year.

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Or, we're a college football program, not a travel planner. The matchups would be a blast and a giant culture shock of a mixer, but why risk an undefeated season by flying 2,000 miles to play a great team in a volatile stadium with foreign weather?

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Georgia Southern's due for another visit, Georgia State will be raring to play Georgia, and Vince Dooley's Kennesaw State will be up and running. Plus the annual game with Tech. Deign to play State in the Dome every couple years and that's an entire out-of-conference schedule right there, without ever leaving the state.

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(TOTAL TANGENT: What would happen if Georgia scheduled Georgia Southern a couple weeks before Tech, thus getting a flexbone warmup game? Yikes, CPJ.)

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(LESS TANGENTY TANGET: I'm just saying -- if Tech can catch they-skurred grief for postponing its series against Alabama, can't Georgia get anything other than a "oh, that's boring" for foregoing Oregon altogether? I'm just saying.)

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