In 2020, the Georgia Tech football program has one of the country’s hardest schedule, meaning that the Jackets worse case scenario could mean a historically bad season for the program.
Georgia Tech’s 2020 schedule is by far one of the hardest in all of college football and we’ll get into that very soon. Last season, Georgia Tech had a rather tough schedule and went 3-9 during a transition season for the program. In 2020, many experts believe the Jackets could take a step forward under head coach Geoff Collins but will their schedule be to much to overcome. Let’s take a quick look.
When looking at Georgia Tech’s schedule, there are not many layups and in reality only one of their games should be considered a “layup” that being their game against FCS program, Gardner-Webb. While the Jackets did lose to an FCS team for the first time, last season against The Citadel it seems extremely unlikely they lose again to to an FCS program.
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Beyond Gardner-Webb, Georgia Tech really won’t face a team on paper that they are going to be an overwhelming favorite against. Over the first month of the season, they’ll face three of the ACC’s best programs in Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. They’ll also face UCF during that stretch and while the Golden Knights may not be as dangerous as they’ve been in years past, they’ll certainly be no pushover in 2020.
They’ll get a needed bye week following Virginia Tech but after that, they’ll have a rather tough seven week stretch. Following their bye week, they’ll face the Virginia Cavaliers who may take a step back in 2020 but will still be a worthy foe who has plenty of talent. Games on the road against Pittsburgh and Syracuse are certainly winnable for the Jackets but being on the road does make those a bit tougher than they should be on paper.
Their final four game stretch is one that an 0-4 stretch wouldn’t be surprising but also a 2-2 stretch wouldn’t be surprising either. In that stretch, they’ll face Duke, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), and of course the Georgia Bulldogs.
Duke and Miami (FL) are two wildcards in the ACC this year, the Blue Devils are always a competitive team and any year could be a high quality team. Miami, on the other hand, has disappointing pretty much every year except one season over the last decade but also has a boatload of talent and one has to believe they’ll turn a corner one day.
Notre Dame and Georgia, however, are going to be two of the best teams in the country in 2020 and will provide the Yellow Jackets with their second and third matchups against top-10 teams in 2020. Both teams will enter the late part of the season vying for playoff spots and will certainly be up and ready to play the Yellow Jackets.
It’s quite possible that the Yellow Jackets have a worse case scenario in 2020. You can argue that each of the 11 FBS teams they play in 2020 will have a quality chance at making a bowl game in 2020. Additionally, three of those teams are likely top-10 teams for most of the season and possibly playoff teams.
With all that, we have concluded that Georgia Tech’s worse case scenario is 1-11 in 2020. With plenty of above average and better teams on their schedule, the Jackets will have to be playing high quality football week in and week out. Add in that they’ll play seven games straight to end the season and it’s easy to see how they could stumble shortly after their bye week.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for our best case scenario for Georgia Tech and on Wednesday, we’ll provide our “Most likely case scenario” for the Yellow Jackets as we continue to hold on to the hope of having a 2020 college football season.