The 2019 college football season is nearly upon us and Georgia Tech’s 2019 outlook is still quite cloudy and hard to predict.
If you are not aware yet, there’s a new sheriff in Atlanta. Geoff Collins is entering his first season as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ head football coach. With this, there has been a rise in fanbase energy and recruiting, but can the energy translate into wins for the Jackets? Let’s break down and analyze their upcoming 2019 schedule, first.
Aug. 29, Georgia Tech travels to play the preseason polled #1 Clemson Tigers. Yikes. Definitely not the easiest start to a football schedule, but the Yellow Jackets should have a secret weapon in this game, the element of surprise. There is no film on how this team works and/or is structured together, currently. The Jackets are going to come in swinging. They should come in having a chip on their shoulders with all the ACC preseason predictions having them positioned to finish last in the Coastal division.
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After the road game against the Tigers, the Yellow Jackets host two opponents at home, USF and the Citadel. Last year, the Jackets lost to the Bulls 49-38. The game felt like it should have went the other way as Tech tallied 602 yards offensively vs. the Bulls’ 426, but the deciding factor was special teams. The Bulls had two kick returns for touchdowns against Tech and I’m sure that is in the back of their minds this year. It’s also important to note that David Curry was ejected from that game with targeting, and he’ll surely be out for revenge. The game should still be a fun one to watch as Charlie Strong will surely have his players ready to go for round 2 on The Flats.
Sept. 28th will feature the Yellow Jackets travelling to Collins’ former team, the Temple Owls. An interesting match up and the second AAC opponent Tech will face this year. I think it’s important the Jackets to rally after their first three games and get a win on the road on this one. The remainder of the schedule lies within the very unpredictable ACC Coastal opponents.
In the last decade, the Coastal has been chaotic. Who will emerge as the champion this year? Experts say Virginia is the favorite to make the ACC Title game, but honestly, there’s no clear contender who stands out. The Yellow Jackets will then, of course, wrap up their regular season with annual rival Georgia.
Based on the schedule, there seems to be only one clear cut win, the Citadel, the remaining parts of the schedule are too hard to tell right now. I have the Jackets winning anywhere between 3-7 wins in Coach Collins first season, with one major upset against an ACC opponent.