The 2014 Georgia Tech football schedule was released today, and while there was no real question about who the Yellow Jackets would be facing (for the most part), the questions of dates and times are always of interest to both teams and fans alike.
Here is the schedule, as released by the ACC today:
So now the question becomes times. How many noon kickoffs, and how many nighttime games, both which can have an effect on the play of teams.
In terms of schedule difficulty, the early non-conference games–Wofford, Tulane and Georgia Southern–should be very winnable for Tech. Once ACC play begins, the Jackets won’t play a non-conference team until the regular season finale against Georgia.
In conference play, the Yellow Jackets begin on the road with a very tough Virginia Tech team, before returning to the Flats (after an open date) to take on Miami and Duke. Given the improvement shown by the Hurricanes and Blue Devils in 2013, that’s a pretty rough way to open up the ACC slate.
A notable missing name from this schedule is the Louisville Cardinals, who are joining the ACC as of July. They will enter the conference as a team to beat, given their national prominence over the past few seasons and the return of the coach who originally brought them there, Bobby Petrino.
One of most interesting things about the 2014 schedule is the open date a week before the Yellow Jackets travel to Athens, Ga. for the 2014 edition of ‘Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate’. Perhaps having a week off to prepare will help to end the Bulldogs current five-year winning streak.
Here are our thoughts looking early on -