When Paul Johnson runs his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team on to the field for the kickoff to the 2015 season, they are going to be the hunted, and not the hunters like last season.
Georgia Tech and the ACC revealed in what order the predators will be coming after the Yellow Jackets this fall officially with the unveiling of the 2015 schedule, and by the looks of it, there are not going to be any breaks.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
September is not going to be a picnic at all. The Jackets start off with the perceived cupcake games in Bobby Dodd Stadium against Alcorn State on September 3rd and Tulane on September 12th.
After that things will get a little hectic. The Jackets will travel to South Bend to run the triple-option in front of “Touchdown Jesus” when they face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 19th.
The Yellow Jackets will be facing the Irish for the first time since 2007 when the Jackets won the game 33-3 in South Bend.
That game will be followed by a September 26th Coastal Division rivalry game in Durham against the Duke Blue Devils.
There should be some bad blood in this game.
Don’t forget that Duke coach David Cutcliffe decided to open his mouth and make remarks about the Yellow Jackets recruiting with the statement, “why would a high school wide receiver want to go play at Georgia Tech?”.
Of course, Paul Johnson simply replied with the retort, “How many receivers has Duke put in the NFL?”, followed by the mic drop line, ” I can tell you. None. They’ve had one offensive player drafted by the NFL in his six years there. … He probably ought to worry about his own business.”
The October slate presents some obstacles for the Jackets starting with a revenge game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Bobby Dodd on October 3rd.
Nov 29, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Georgia 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
UNC was able to snuff out the Yellow Jackets in a shootout 48-43 in Chapel Hill when Marquise Williams led a last minute Tar Heels’ drive for the game winning touchdown.
That game will be followed by Tech going on the road October 10th to face the Clemson Tigers who will be looking to avenge a 28-6 loss they took in Atlanta.
After a home game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 17th, the Jackets have one of the biggest games of the year on October 24th with the ACC Championship rematch against the Florida St. Seminoles in Bobby Dodd.
Florida State leads the all-time series 14-9-1. But Paul Johnson is 2-2 versus the Noles’, and Tech is 8-6-1 when they take on FSU in the ATL.
Georgia Tech will then close out the month of October on the road to Charlottesville, VA to take on the Virginia Cavaliers.
November will serve as the climatic conclusion to the Yellow Jackets’ regular season.
The Jackets will start off the month with a Thursday Night home game against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
This will be the sixth time that the Jackets and Hokies will meet on a Thursday night and fifth time that the game will be played at Bobby Dodd.
VA Tech leads the series 8-4 with the Yellow Jackets snapping a four-game losing streak to the Hokies last season in Blacksburg.
The Jackets will then have nine days to prepare for their November 21st road game against the Miami Hurricanes.
Tech snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hurricanes in 2014 with a 28-17 home win.
Then comes the season finale on November 28th with “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate” being played at Bobby Dodd.
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The Georgia Bulldogs come to town to try to regain The Govenors Cup after getting smacked in Athens 30-24 in overtime.
That win was Paul Johnson’s second against UGA, pushing his record to 2-6 against the Bulldogs.
The Yellow Jackets will be defending their Coastal Division Championship and attempting to get back to the ACC Championship game.
The Jackets will be without a few players, namely Shaq Mason, Darren Waller, DeAndre Smelter, Synjyn Days, Zach Laskey, Quyshawn Nealy and Isaiah Johnson, but the team will have plenty of talent coming back.
It is going to be tough being the hunted, but that is an earned honor, and this team will be up for it in 2015.