Georgia Tech’s showdown against North Carolina on September 25, this upcoming fall has been moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be the first of the Jackets six games to take place at MBS.
The partnership originally was set to begin this past season but due to coronavirus, the Jackets game against Notre Dame was kept at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Due to that, the partnership was simply moved back a year and will now begin in 2021 going through 2026. The Jackets are also set to take on Clemson (2022), Louisville (2023), and Notre Dame (2024) so far. Games for 2025 and 2026 have yet to be announced.
North Carolina in 2021 will look to follow up an 8-4 season in 2020 and while they do lose quite a bit of talent they return their most important piece in quarterback Sam Howell. Howell is a likely first round pick and potential top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft if he continues on the path he is currently on.
The Jackets will look to improve on a 3-7 overall record including 3-6 in conference play. The two teams did not meet this past season but did meet in 2019, a 38-22 loss for the Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The 2021 season is set to be an important one for the Jackets as Geoff Collins’ program will be expected to take quite a step forward after just six combined wins over the last two seasons. The Jackets will be returning plenty of talent including the duo of quarterback Jeff Sims and running back Jahmyr Gibbs. Expectations will certainly be high surrounding Sims, Gibbs, and the entire program in 2021.