At the ACC spring meetings Wednesday, FSU athletics director Randy Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel that talks between the schools about a neutral-site 2016 game are "moving along."
"The AD at Georgia just doesn't know if he has room to put it in there," Spetman said, referring to UGA athletics director Greg McGarity.
Later this month, McGarity should know for sure. During their spring meetings in Destin at the end of May, SEC officials are expected to make a decision on playing a nine-game conference schedule. Like the ACC, the SEC currently plays just eight conference games. That allows both conference's member schools to schedule four non-conference games during a given season.
ACC coaches and administrators have said this week that there are no plans to move to a nine-game setup in their league. With the recent additions of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville and a new annual relationship with Notre Dame, the ACC is content for now with playing just eight games.
"We [coaches] are pretty much are all comfortable with the eight," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
So, for now, FSU is just "waiting on the SEC," Spetman said.
It was during FSU's spring game last month that Spetman first floated the idea of an FSU-UGA game in the coming seasons. On Wednesday, he confirmed the neutral-site contest would be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
If the game ends up getting scheduled, it could be part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. In the five years since the Classic's inception, the Seminoles have not been part of the opening-weekend event. The Bulldogs competed in 2011, losing to Boise State, 35-21.
Alabama and Virginia Tech are opening this season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Aug. 31.
McGarity told The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.) late last month that he understood why a neutral-site game was interested in the Bulldogs and Seminoles.
"I'm sure they would like to put our two institutions together at some point in time," McGarity said, indicating that a neutral-site game could be eyeing the matchup. "But it all goes back to what does our conference model look like, and it's just too early to even have any kind of legitimate discussion on that, because we don't know where we are as a conference right now."
The Seminoles and Bulldogs have played 11 times since their first meeting in 1954. Their most recent meeting was in 2002, when the Seminoles lost the Sugar Bowl to the Bulldogs, 26-13. UGA leads the all-time series 6-4-1.
In the last year, FSU has added Oklahoma State (2014), Boise State (2019, 2020) and USF (2015, 2016) to its future schedules. The Seminoles also will play Notre Dame on a cyclical basis as part of the Fighting Irish's new partial membership with the ACC. They will meet the Irish in Tallahassee in 2014.
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