Clemson and Georgia announced on Tuesday that they will play a game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on September 4th, 2021. With the addition of the neutral site game, this will be the sixth meeting between the two scheduled over the next 14 seasons.
The two rivals will face one another in the 2024 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta, and recently announced two home and home series that will have games in Clemson in 2029 and 2033 and games in Athens in 2030 and 2032. The 2021 matchup replaces a contest Clemson originally had scheduled against Wyoming.
The Tigers and Bulldogs most recently split a home and home series that took place back in 2013 and 2014. Each school defended it’s home field in a pair of Top 20 matchups.
These two programs met 24 times in a span of 26 years from 1962-87. They played one another every year with the exception of the 1966 and 1972 seasons.
During that span, the winner of the Clemson-Georgia game in 1980 and 1981 went on to win the national championship. The Bulldogs got a 20-16 victory over the Tigers and a national title in 1980, and Clemson defeated Georgia 13-3 the following season on their way to the national title in 1981.
The two schools first met in 1897 on the UGA campus in Athens, with the Bulldogs winning 24–0. Geography dictates that the two teams should be rivals, as the campuses are separated by only 70 miles.
The scheduling of this rivalry in non-conference play is a part of Clemson’s attempt to supplement it’s annual rivalry game against the Gamecocks with additional non-conference contests against strong competition. This includes teams like Georgia (2013-14, 2029-30 and 2032-33), Auburn (2016-17), Texas A&M (2018-19), LSU (2025-26) and Oklahoma (2035-36) as well as eight scheduled contests with Notre Dame from 2020 through 2037.
It is worth noting that Georgia leads the all-time series over Clemson 42-18-4.