The Yellow Jackets added a non-conference road game to the schedule on Friday, rescheduling a cancelled game from 2017 to a future season.
Georgia Tech missed a bowl in 2017 and Central Florida finished the season undefeated, but was left out of the College Football Playoff. A hurricane cancelled game left both teams without an extra game to improve their postseason chances.
Hurricane Irma made its way across basically the entire state of Florida last September, and with the UCF football stadium being used to stage relief efforts, the Knights cancelled their 9/16 matchup with Georgia Tech.
The Jackets finished the season one game shy of bowl eligibility, while UCF didn’t have a strong enough schedule to impress the playoff committee, even without a loss. “What could have been” is a question that both teams will likely always ask of the 2017 campaign.k
Last season’s cancelled game was rescheduled, it was announced Friday. Tech and UCF will square off in Orlando on Sept. 24, 2022 to keep the home-and-home series intact. Georgia Tech will still host Central Florida in Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2020.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Central Florida with a 3-0 record, last facing the Knights at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 1996 in a 27-20 victory for the Jackets. Tech also beat UCF in 1999 in a 41-10 route and in 2000 with a much closer 21-17 win.
Central Florida finished the 2017 season 13-0 with a win over Southeastern Conference runner-up Auburn in the Peach Bowl. The Knights won the American Athletic Conference and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 by the coaches.
Tech had a much more disappointing season, going 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC with close losses to Tennessee, Miami and Virginia. The missed chance at an early non-conference game in Orlando was just salt in the wound as the Jackets weren’t eligible for a bowl.