ATHENS, Georgia. –Georgia and Texas A&M will meet for the first time since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012 on Saturday, November 23. This game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS as the SEC Game of the Week.
This is the fourth time the Bulldogs have participated in the CBS SEC Game of the Week. The former returned in September against Notre Dame as the return leg of an afternoon / night double schedule. Georgia’s annual clash with Florida was a 3:30 p.m. kickoff for the Network, and this weekend’s game against Auburn in the Deep South’s oldest rivalry is also scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
This will be the sixth meeting between the Bulldogs and the Aggies. Georgia’s record is 2-3 in the series, but she won the last two. The two programs last met at the 2009 Independence Bowl, where UGA won 44-20. UGA had fired all but one member, Rodney Garner, of its defensive staff prior to this game and had to rely on several graduate assistants, including current Bulldogs coach Todd Hartley, to prepare the squad for this game.
UGA last hosted the Aggies in 1980 and won 42-0. This Bulldog team won the national championship behind real running back Herschel Walker. The Aggies won the first three meetings with the team, all of which took place in the 1950s. Texas A&M defeated UGA 40-20 at College Station, Texas in 1950. Both teams played in Dallas in 1953 with Texas A&M winning 14-12 and again in Athens in 1954 with the Aggies shutting out the Bulldogs 6-0.
The two head coaches of this game, Kirby Smart of Georgia and Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M, know each other well. They both hail from Nick Saban’s coaching tree and were on Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004. Smart was the defensive coordinator while Fisher was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Fisher also knows UGA offensive coordinator James Coley. The Bulldogs’ offensive play caller was on Fisher staff at Florida State from 2008-2012. Coley was the tight ends coach and scouting coordinator in 2008-2009 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2010. Coley held this position for three years while still coaching the tight ends.
Fisher tried to persuade Coley to join his original team at Texas A&M before last season, but a promotion to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Georgia allowed the Bulldogs to keep the assistant coach and his southern connections. from Florida on the recruiting trail.
The match between UGA and TAMU will be the last for a number of Georgia seniors, graduates and juniors. This is the Bulldogs’ last home game of the 2019 season and if they can’t win this week against Auburn it could be a must-have situation for the Smart team as they aim to win the SEC Championship for the third consecutive season.