Georgia Tech and Temple have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2019 and 2025 seasons.
On Wednesday morning, the Georgia Tech athletic department announced that the school has come to an agreement with Temple University in a home-and-home series. The two programs have been discussing the series since at least August 16th when it was originally reported.
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The agreement between the two programs will have the two games take place in the 2019 season as well as the 2025 season. The first matchup in 2019 will take place in 2019 in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles who share the stadium with Temple.
With the addition of Temple to their 2019 schedule, the Jackets out of conference schedule in 2019 now consists of USF, The Citadel, Temple, and Georgia. The Owls enter 2017 in their first year under former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins who takes over for Matt Rhule who left Philadelphia after four seasons. The 2019 matchup between the two programs will be the first time the two programs have ever met. Collins also has connections to The Flats as he was a graduate assistant at Tech from 1999 to 20001 as well as the director of player personnel in 2006.
In 2025, Temple joins an out of conference schedule for the Jackets that already has Colorado and Georgia as a part of their schedule. Temple is now one of three American Athletic conference opponents that the Jackets have scheduled. Tech will take on the UCF Knights (2017, 2020) and USF (2018, 2019).
If Temple is able to carry over the success from the Matt Rhule era, the Jackets should have a strong opponent in the Owls. Over Rhule’s four years with the Owls, he saw his record in his first season of 2-10 improve to 6-6 before having back-to-back 10 win seasons the past two years. He also led the Owls to their first win over in-state rival Penn State for the first time in over 70 years.
Either way, if Temple’s success continues the Jackets have a strong list of out of conference opponents in the future which include the aforementioned Colorado as well as Notre Dame (2020, 2021, 2024, 2027, 2029, 2032) and Ole Miss (2022, 2023).