College Football News June 18: UCLA-Georgia Broker Home-and-Home Series

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It’s a decade away, and the SEC and Pac-12 will probably expand another two or three times in the interim, but a UCLA-Georgia home-and-home series was announced for 2025 and 2026 on Wednesday.

Said Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity:

This home-and-home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports: the Rose Bowl and Sanford Stadium.

UCLA-Georgia is just one of three nonconference series the Bruins announced Wednesday — and the others, against Cincinnati and South Alabama, don’t require a decade’s wait.

New Oregon State Head Coach Gary Andersen Faces Tough Task Against “Best of the Best”

Athlon Sports

Gary Andersen won 19 games in two seasons at Wisconsin, showcasing a Heisman Trophy-caliber running back in Melvin Gordon and one of the nation’s premier defenses.

But whereas Andersen inherited a readymade winner at Wisconsin, Oregon State presents unique challenges — challenges surpassing even those of facing him when he took over at Utah State, due to the top-to-bottom strength of the Pac-12.

Rutgers Hosts Football Camp for Special Olympians

Dan Duggan, NJ.com

Talk of camps has dominated the offseason, but the most important camp of the summer was held this week at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights welcomed dozens of New Jersey Special Olympians for a day of football, led by head coach Kyle Flood.

Flood told NJ.com:

“I think it’s just another great way for us to continue our relationship with the Special Olympians in this state. It was great to see them come off the bus and to see the smiles on their faces, and even going around the first rotation of drills that we had, to see how much fun they’re having.”

Michigan Lands Top-50 Offensive Lineman Ben Bredeson


Brendan F. Quinn, MLive.com

Jim Harbaugh’s magical mystery tour throughout the offseason is bearing fruit. Michigan had a helluva Wednesday on the recruiting, landing a commitment from offensive tackle Ben Bredeson. Though Bredeson is not from one of the Southern states where Harbaugh’s presence has created consternation, the Hartland, Wisconsin, product was snatched out of a Big Ten rival’s backyard.

The goal posts for recruiting evaluation aren’t always steady — here’s an interesting tidbit about the, erm, fluidity of recruit rankings:

Four-star or five, Bredeson is a great 2016 commitment for Harbaugh — and he’s not the only pledge the Wolverines got this week. Tight end Sean McKeon announced his commitment via Twitter:

McKeon spurned Boston College and Virginia Tech for the Wolverines. The addition of a high-potential tight end is noteworthy: Stanford became Tight End U. in Harbaugh’s tenure.