Home games against defending ACC champion Florida State and in-state rival Georgia, plus road games at Notre Dame, Miami and Clemson highlight Georgia Tech’s 2015 football schedule released Thursday.
Georgia Tech (11-3), which won 11 games for the fifth time in school history en route to the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl championship last season, opens the 2015 campaign on Thu., Sept. 3 against Alcorn State. The Braves are the first of Tech’s four non-conference opponents in 2015 – Tulane (Sept. 12), at Notre Dame (Sept. 19), and Georgia (Nov. 28).
The Yellow Jackets’ eight-game ACC schedule includes home games against North Carolina (Oct. 3), Pitt (Oct. 17), Florida State (Oct. 24), and Virginia Tech (Nov. 12). Tech’s ACC road schedule features games at Duke (Sept. 26), Clemson (Oct. 10), Virginia (Oct. 31), and Miami (Nov. 21).
Tech’s Nov. 12 game vs. Virginia Tech will be an ESPN Thursday Night telecast, the Jackets’ 27th appearance on ESPN’s Thursdaynight programming – the second-most appearances among FBS schools behind, coincidentally, Virginia Tech.
In 2015, ACC teams will play a higher percentage of Power Five Conference teams (38%) than any other Power Five Conference. ACC teams will also play games against opponents who had a higher FBS (.536) and overall (.536) winning percentage in 2014 than any other Power Five Conference.
ACC teams will also play 24 games against non-conference opponents that played in bowl games in 2014. That total is the second-highest total of any Power Five Conference.
Other schedule notes include:
- Nine of Georgia Tech’s 12 opponents played in a bowl game last season – second-most among ACC schools.
- Georgia Tech will play seven home games for the fourth time in five years.
- Georgia Tech will open the season on a Thursday night for the first time since 2011 against Western Carolina.
- Tech’s first road game is Sept. 19, marking the latest date for its first road game since 2006 (Sept. 30 at Virginia Tech).
- Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will meet for the sixth time on Thursday night, including the fifth meeting in Atlanta.
- Georgia Tech’s 26 ESPN Thursday night games are the second-most nationally among FBS schools only to Virginia Tech (29).
- It will also be the 20th time Georgia Tech has hosted an ESPN Thursday night game – the most of any FBS school.
- Florida State and Georgia Tech will meet in the regular season for the first time since 2009. It will be a rematch of the 2012 and 2014 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
2015 GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 3 (Thu.) Alcorn State Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 12 Tulane Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 19 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind.
Sept. 26 at Duke* Durham, N.C.
Oct. 3 North Carolina* Atlanta, Ga.
Oct. 10 at Clemson* Clemson, S.C.
Oct. 17 Pitt* Atlanta, Ga.
Oct. 24 Florida State* Atlanta, Ga.
Oct. 31 at Virginia* Charlottesville, Va.
Nov. 12 (Thu.) Virginia Tech* Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 21 at Miami* Miami Gardens, Fla.
Nov. 28 Georgia Atlanta, Ga.