The 2022 football season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be a crucial one, as head coach Geoff Collins enters his fourth season as head coach. Collins has put up three straight season in which the Yellow Jackets have finished with three wins. So something has to give with his seat being hotter than ever. The schedule that the Yellow Jackets will face will not be a favorable one, as it seems that this will be the toughest schedule that Collins has had in his tenure. Let’s take a look at the game-by-game breakdown of each of the Yellow Jackets’ 12 games this season.
Game 1: Clemson Tigers
The Yellow Jackets will waste no time in facing one of the most difficult teams on their schedule this season, as they open the season against rival Clemson. Clemson enters this game on a seven game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets, but almost lost to them last season at home. I expect the Yellow Jackets to keep the game close, but I just can’t see them pulling out a victory in this game.
Game 2: Western Carolina Catamounts
I would like to say that this game will be an easy one for the Yellow Jackets, but I have seen this team be so inconsistent over the past three seasons that I wouldn’t put this down as an immediate win, but this will be a big confidence booster on a schedule that won’t see too many opportunities for players to put up big numbers. I anticipate that the Yellow Jackets will win this game though.
Game 3: Ole Miss Rebels
When it was announced that Georgia Tech and Ole Miss would be playing a home-and-home series, I was ecstatic at the time. This was supposed to be a stage for Georgia Tech to show the nation what they can do against an SEC team located outside of the state of Georgia. Now, this seems like a stage that the nation can watch Georgia Tech get embarrassed yet again.
Game 4: UCF Knights
It seems that the Yellow Jackets out-of-conference schedule is riddled with tough competition. But this game will be the most winnable one outside of the Western Carolina game in week 2. Even so, this will be one of the most crucial games on Georgia Tech’s schedule. They start the bulk of their conference
schedule in week 5, and if they can find a way to sit at 2-2 entering that portion of the schedule, it will do wonders for the confidence of this team.
Game 5: Pittsburgh Panthers
This is the game where Georgia Tech fans had to come back down to Earth for the 2021 season. After riding a high from nearly upsetting Clemson and what was seen as a program-turning win against North Carolina last season, the Panthers put the brakes on that excitement. If the season goes how I think it will, this is when serious talks of Collins’ tenure at Georgia Tech begin.
Game 6: Duke Blue Devils
The last bright side for the 2021 season came when the Yellow Jackets defeated the Blue Devils on the road in dramatic fashion, with wide receiver Adonicas Sanders pulling down a 36-yeard touchdown reception with less than a minute left in the game. This game could be a good conference game for the Yellow Jackets to shine, as Duke is expected to have a down year in 2022.
Game 7: Virginia Cavaliers
This will be that game that I feel determines Geoff Collins job moving forward, as this could be the last game on the schedule that Georgia Tech could be favored in. If the Yellow Jackets don’t perform well in this game, it could be an early exit for Collins. That should ignite a fire in him and his players to play their absolute best football of the season in this game.
Game 8: Florida State Seminoles
Although Florida State is far from what they used to be, the Yellow Jackets could struggle in this game. If the Yellow Jackets are able to pull off a possible three-game winning streak here, then the season will be in much better position and it will be the confidence that Collins, the players and the fans need moving forward.
Game 9: Virginia Tech Hokies
If the season has an upside for the Yellow Jackets, this is the game that could put them back in the ACC title hunt, but if it goes south, this could just be another game that Georgia Tech can compete in to gain confidence moving forward as a program. Collins is 0-8 against the Yellow Jackets three biggest rivals: Clemson, Georgia, and Virginia Tech. If he can manage to pull this win off, Georgia Tech fans could start to turn the tide for the head coach.
Game 10: Miami Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are picked by some to win the Coastal division in the ACC, with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke creating a lot of buzz from fans in South Beach. This will be a road game that the Yellow Jackets could hang in for a while, but eventually I see Miami pulling away in the second half. If the Yellow Jackets win this game, it will be similar to the buzz created from the North Carolina game last season.
Game 11: North Carolina Tar Heels
The last conference game of the season for the Yellow Jackets will be reserved for the Tar Heels, who will be looking for revenge after losing to the Yellow Jackets last season. That chip on their shoulder will add some focus for the Tar Heels in the game, but I think that Georgia Tech should still be able to win this game. Collins should get his fourth win of the season here, with the Yellow Jackets having their best record since the departure of longtime head coach Paul Johnson.
Game 12: Georgia Bulldogs
Oh how I wish that I could say that we at least have a chance against rival Georgia this season, but the reality is they may be destined for another College Football Playoff appearance and their fifth straight blowout win over the Yellow Jackets. If Georgia Tech somehow pulls this off, Geoff Collins should get a ten-year contract extension.