On Thursday night, a long blue carpet that moved from the doors of the Atlantic College Atrium to the Football Hall of Fame in the facility's event space – a replica of a football field – was strewn with star Georgia Universities and Notre Dame Luminaries who made predictions about the upcoming game in Athens and poeticly told all things about college. coach, won the Nazi National Championship in Program History – They joined former Heisman trophy winner, NFL star and Notre Dame legend Tim Brown once again speaking to the media during the Return of the Lover event. The invitation-only meeting was organized by several Georgia lawmakers and Coca-Cola executives in recognition of how Notre Dame treated the Bulldogs faithful when the two teams played in South Bend in September 2017. Georgia left town after this game with victory 20-19 during the first start of Jake Fromm's freshman career.
The 2017 game was only the second time the two floor programs had met. The first was the 1981 Sugar Bowl for the national championship, in which the defeated Bulldogs, Dooley's coach, won 17-10 thanks in part to returning Walker, MVP of the game. Saturday will be only the third meeting in the 150-year history of college football, and many are betting as seven-class struggling Irish make their first visit to Sanford Stadium to face off against third-ranked Georgia.
"The Notre Dame brand is just magical, so getting them closer to the hedgerows is really something you dream of," said Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity. "To be able to get a team of this caliber and this brand [playing on our home field] just says a lot."
The Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium will be just one of the historic stadiums where Notre Dame has competed. "We were at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and next year we go to Lambo [Field]," said Notre Dame athletic director Jack Subbrick. "This is the kind of game we like to play. We are really excited about that. "
And thanks to the addition of 500 temporary seats, part of an agreement Georgia made when the two teams created the home-and-home series in 2014, this game is expected to attract the largest crowd in football history in Georgia – More than 93,000 fans.
Dooley wearing his red signature and a nut that combines the US flag, the Georgia State Flag and the Georgia G logo talks about the recent renaming of the stadium pitch. "It was an honor for me to carry my name on the pitch," he said, "but what was really special was to share it with those responsible for it, my players."
Walker, one of these players said, emphasizing the importance of Saturday's game, recalling that the winner "[has] is a good chance to be in the college playoffs." Neither the Bulldogs nor the Fighting Irish have won a national title for more than three decades.
But Walker knows the rare occasion when he sees him. "As for the football game, it's exciting, but you will see two good programs and two well-trained teams," he said. "You will see two teams that are big, fast and can start."