Sept. 4 – Tennessee Volunteers
Georgia Tech will have very little time to work out the bugs to start the 2017 season as they meet an old rival in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Labor Day.
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Last year the Vols earned second place in the SEC East, but a regular season finale loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt put a damper on the campaign.
Like Tech, Tennessee finished 9-4 (4-4 SEC), won their bowl game last season and will spend the summer trying out new quarterbacks for the upcoming year.
The Volunteers played in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic versus an ACC team back in 2012 when they took down North Carolina State 35-21. The hometown Yellow Jackets will be making their first appearance in the game.
The Vols and Jackets haven’t faced one another since the 1987 season, and haven’t played in Atlanta since the year before.
If Georgia Tech has much hope of earning an early spot in the top-25, a win over Tennessee will almost certainly be a requirement. A win over the Volunteers could help propel the Jackets back into the national conversation for the first time in a few season.