On Aug. 31, the Reinhardt Eagles will face the Mercer Bears in the first college football game for Reinhardt and the first for Mercer since 1941. The game will mean that four Georgia colleges have taken up the sport (or renewed it) since 2010 — Georgia State kicked off that year; Point University, formerly Atlanta Christian College, did so last season — with Kennesaw State set to open next fall.
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Mark Bradley, a sports columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has covered college football for more than 20 years.