Georgia Tech’s 2020 schedule was released on Wednesday morning giving fans their first look at the 2020 season.
Georgia Tech fans can finally start planning accordingly for the 2020 season as the ACC released the schedules for all of the conference’s 14 football programs. Here’s how the second year of the Geoff Collins era will look…
The Jackets will begin their 2020 season in similar fashion to how they began the 2019 season as they will take on the Clemson Tigers. The Jackets and Tigers will face off on Thursday, September 3rd at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Like in 2019, the Tigers will most likely enter that game as the favorites to win the National Championship in 2020.
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Following the Jackets home opener against Clemson, the Jackets will look to pick up what should be an “easy” victory against Gardner-Webb on September 12. As we learned last year, FCS games are no gimmes but the Jackets on paper should take down the Bulldogs. The Jackets will then finish off their three-game homestand to begin the season when one of the Group of Five’s premier programs, the UCF Knights. The Knights will come to Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 19.
Following the Jackets three game home stand, they’ll be set to go on the road in back-to-back weeks against two teams that should be among the top in the ACC. On September 26, the Jackets will travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina who will look to be ACC Coastal’s top team in 2020. Following that, they’ll travel to Blacksburg for their annual rivalry game against Virginia Tech on October 3rd. Following the Jackets game against the Hokies, they’ll get their lone bye week of the season.
The Jackets will begin the “second half” of their season following the bye week on Oct 17 when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets almost beat a strong Virginia team this year and the Cavaliers should be taking a slight step back in 2020. Following their game against Virginia, the Jackets will hit the road again for back-to-back games against Pittsburgh on October 24 and Syracuse on October 31.
November will be the toughest month by far for the Yellow Jackets with games against four teams that should be pretty good in 2020. The Jackets will begin the month with a home against the Duke Blue Devils who are always a tough matchup with David Cutcliffe as their head coach. The following week, the Jackets will be staying in Atlanta as they will then play their first of five games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when they take on Notre Dame on November 14th.
The Jackets will play their final true home game on November 21 when they take on the Miami (FL) Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are coming off a disappointing 2019 season but with the pickup of Houston quarterback transfer D’Eriq King, the Hurricanes should have at least a tad better offense in 2020. Finally, the Jackets will then finish their 2020 season off as they always do with some Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. The Jackets and Georgia Bulldogs will face each other on November 28th in Athens.
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Overall, the Jackets 2020 schedule is a tough one. Ten of the Jackets 11 FBS opponents in 2020 made a bowl game in 2019 and it features five or six teams that will likely be ranked next season in the preseason polls. Add in the fact the Jackets start the season with Clemson and UCF in two of their first three games and end the season with two top-10 potential teams in Notre Dame and Georgia, and it’s safe to say a path to six wins will be tough for the Yellow Jackets as the opening and ending of their schedules leave little wiggle room for error.