ATLANTA (December 12) – Games against five 2000 bowl teams and a Thursday night ESPN contest at home against North Carolina highlight Georgia Tech’s 2001 football schedule, announced Tuesday.
Tech, ranked 15th nationally by the Associated Press and 13th in the Bowl Championship Series after a 9-2 regular season and a fourth consecutive bowl invitation, faces a slate that includes bowl participants Florida State (Sept. 15), Clemson (Sept. 29), NC State (Oct. 20), Virginia (Nov. 10) and Georgia (Dec. 24).
For the eighth consecutive year, the Yellow Jackets will play a Thursday night game on ESPN national television, hosting North Carolina on Nov. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. It will be the 12th time Tech has appeared on an ESPN Thursday game, which is the most of any school.
It is part of a home slate that includes The Citadel (Sept. 1), Clemson, Maryland (Oct. 13), NC State and Georgia. Marylands visit to Atlanta will be the first for its new head coach Ralph Friedgen, who spent the past four seasons as Tech’s offensive coordinator.
The Jackets visit Florida State, contending for its second consecutive national championship, in Tech’s third game of the season on Sept. 15.
The ACC, which announced the entire conference schedule Tuesday, is involved in three Thursday night ESPN games: Penn State at Virginia on Sept. 13, Clemson at NC State on Oct. 11 and Tech’s Nov. 1 game with North Carolina.
ACC teams are playing 11 games against 10 non-conference opponents that are in bowls this season.
2001 Schedule (all times to be announced)
THE CITADEL Sept. 8 at Navy Sept. 15 at Florida State Sept.29 CLEMSON Oct. 6 at Duke Oct. 13 MARYLAND Oct.20 NC STATE Nov. 1 NORTH CAROLINA [Thursday, ESPN] Nov.10 at Virginia Nov. 17 at Wake Forest Nov.24 GEORGIA