Reservations for Pasadena anyone?

They say the view is even better on the inside. (AP photo)

They say the view is even better on the inside. (AP photo)

ATHENS — This just in: Georgia will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 82 years in 2025.

The Bulldogs have scheduled a home-and-home series with UCLA that will begin there in Pasadena in 2025. The Bruins will return the trip to Athens in 2026. Both games will be season openers.

Expect to see more announcements of major non-conference opponents in the not-too-distant future. Georgia is hoping to schedule a game with Big Ten opponent in the sometime around area 2021-23.

“It’s kind of a goal we’ve had is over the next decade to play in some iconic stadiums,” Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Wednesday. “We’ve been able to accomplish that with Notre Dame in South Bend (in 2017) and UCLA in Pasadena. If we can get something done with a Big Ten opponent, we will have done that.”

At one point, the Bulldogs were scheduled to trade home g

ames with Ohio State and Oregon before conference expansion ultimately killed those deals. And Georgia was unable to broker a deal with Michigan as it had hoped as the Wolverines are locked in with non-conference opponents, including Florida. Penn State in Happy Valley increasingly looks like a venue the Bulldogs are seeking.

“That could still happen,” McGarity said. “We’d love to play Big Ten opponent.”

Georgia also will play North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2016 season.

Credit Mike Cavan and ESPN for brokering this latest deal. Cavan, whose title is “special assistant to the AD” and who assists with development, has taken over as point person for major non-conference since Josh Brooks left to become AD at Millsaps College last summer.

“Games of this magnitude, you need a solid partnership with television,” McGarity said. “They need to know you’re interested in playing games of this nature. We initiated that conversation over a year ago. It just takes a lot of time to develop and navigate the details. So ESPN was extremely helpful in putting this together.”

Here’s my question, how many of you absolutely plan to make Georgia’s first trip to Pasadena along with the Bulldogs? Anybody goes as far as trying to book reservations right away?

Myself? I just hope I’m still around to see it.

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