After last year's debacle, most Georgia fans have little interest in this game. The truth is that Georgia just needs to start winning consistently again and we should be able to make up the ground. We're the flagship university of the state so we're always going to have a built in advantage with recruits. We just need to capitalize on it.
A little less than two week ago, Alabama’s Nick Saban was asked about his schools success recruiting the state of Georgia. He joked that he still had a lake house in the Peach State (though it’s for sale).
We pointed to two factors that we believe have played a role in Bama inking 20 Georgia natives in the past four classes:
1. Georgia produces too much talent for UGA and Georgia Tech — until this year the only FBS-level programs in the state — to be able to keep it all at home.
2. Saban has repeatedly played games in the Georgia Dome, smack in the heart of Atlanta.
In 2008, Bama faced Clemson in the first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome. A year later, Virginia Tech served as the Tide’s opener in that same game.
Next year, Alabama will once again face the Hokies in Atlanta. And yesterday we learned that the Tide’s 2014 opponent in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is expected to be West Virginia. Nick Saban told a Bama booster group yesterday that a game against his home state’s top university was on the docket. The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail reports today that a West Virginia official has confirmed that a UA-WVU game “is in the works.”
For Georgia fans tired of seeing Alabama play a primetime game on the opening weekend of the season in their home state year-in and year-out, get used to it. Saban’s done it twice before and now two more are officially lined up for future dates. Expect more of the same moving forward.