Sept. 26, 2017
Georgia Tech Football (2-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. North Carolina (1-3, 0-2 ACC)
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 Noon Atlanta, Ga. Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
TV: ESPN2 | Watch Online
Georgia Tech looks to move to 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the fourth time in the last seven seasons when it hosts North Carolina in a nationally televised battle on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Although the Yellow Jackets have only won their first two ACC games four times over the last 18 seasons, three of those have come since 2011 (2011, 2013 and 2014).
The last time the Jackets started 2-0 in conference play (2014), they went on to win the ACC Coastal Division championship and beat No. 8 Mississippi State in the Captial One Orange Bowl.
Standing between Georgia Tech and a 2-0 record in conference play is longtime league rival North Carolina. UNC has been the Yellow Jackets’ most troublesome ACC foe in recent memory, as the Tar Heels have won three-straight in the series.
Georgia Tech won their conference opener for the eighth time in head coach Paul Johnson’s 10 seasons on The Flats last Saturday when they thumped Pitt, 35-17, at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets outgained the Panthers by nearly 250 yards (484-235) despite committing a season-high four turnovers.
Georgia Tech’s defense was the story of the win over Pitt, as it turned in seven three-and-outs in 13 defensive series and limited the Panthers to just 37 rushing yards in the convincing victory.
For the season, the Yellow Jackets’ have forced 19 three-and-outs in 37 defensive series (51.4 percent). The only team in the nation that has forced three-and-outs at a higher clip this season is Michigan (30 in 53 possessions – 56.6 percent).