Late last summer, Georgia head coach Mark Fox admitted his program was having a hard time rounding out the final slot on the 2016-17 schedule.
It was filled not too long after with Morehouse jumping into the Wednesday, Nov. 30 window. For Georgia, it will be a game counted like any other. If it wins, add a plus-one in the win column.
Morehouse, on the other hand, has stated this game is an exhibition. The Division II program isn't treating this game like any other on its schedule.
Both programs have good reason to do so.
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For Georgia, this game will have no standing when it comes to its RPI ranking as Division II opponents don't factor into it. Therefore, there's nothing at stake for Morehouse either.
In Fox's eyes, filling that final game came down to either playing a lowly Division I team that could hurt Georgia's strength of schedule, or playing an opponent that wouldn't factor one way or the other.
"Any Division II game does not count in your RPI numbers," Fox said. "Really, we had a choice of playing a 300-level team and hurting our RPI numbers or playing a Division II team. This is why went the Division II route."
As of now, and this is subject to great change, Georgia couldn't afford a game against a 300-RPI team. Through six games, the average RPI from its opponents is 157.5. The Bulldogs have faced RPI No. 10 Clemson and RPI No. 13 Kansas, however.
Its remaining non-conference slate, at this time, features an average RPI of 148.7. But it's way too early to consider these numbers finite as teams such as UNC-Asheville (RPI No. 73) and Marquette (RPI No. 177) string together more wins.
But, in a nutshell, that's why Georgia decided to schedule Morehouse. A win would pad the overall record without counting against the Bulldogs.
A loss won't count against Georgia's RPI either.
But that's a different story. The eye test is also critical come March and a loss to a Division II opponent would be seen as glaring.
Case in point for Georgia: Get out with a win Wednesday, and in convincing fashion for that matter.