Jan. 24, 2017
THE FLATS – Highlighted by a home slate comprised entirely of teams that earned postseason berths in 2016, Georgia Tech announced its full 2017 football schedule on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech will play seven of its 12 regular-season games in Atlanta, beginning with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game versus Tennessee on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Yellow Jackets will also play six Saturday contests at Bobby Dodd Stadium, including the home opener against NCAA Division I FCS power Jacksonville State (Sept. 9), ACC matchups with Pitt (Sept. 23), North Carolina (Sept. 30), Wake Forest (Oct. 21) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 11) and the 112th edition of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” versus archrival Georgia (Nov. 25).
All seven opponents that the Yellow Jackets face in Atlanta advanced to the postseason in 2016, including four bowl champions — Tennessee (Music City), Wake Forest (Military), Virginia Tech (Belk) and Georgia (Liberty). Pitt and North Carolina also appeared in bowl games while Jacksonville State capped a 10-2 season by advancing to the second round of the FCS playoffs. ACC Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech (No. 16) and Tennessee (No. 22) were ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the 2016 season.
The road slate is nearly as challenging, as Georgia Tech’s five away games include three matchups versus teams that advanced to the postseason in 2016, highlighted by an Oct. 28 contest at defending national champion Clemson. The road schedule also includes a non-conference matchup at Cure Bowl participant UCF (Sept. 16), a Thursday night showdown at Russell Athletic Bowl champion Miami (Oct. 12) and November trips to Virginia (Nov. 4) and Duke (Nov. 18).
The season opener versus Tennessee and Thursday night battle at Miami will be televised nationally in primetime on yet-to-be-determined networks (kickoff times TBA). Kickoff time and TV arrangements for the Sept. 9 game versus Jacksonville State and Sept. 16 contest at UCF will be finalized this summer while all other game times will be announced 12 days prior to kickoff.
With the 2017 schedule set, season tickets for one of the most attractive home slates in Georgia Tech history go on sale this week. The season opener versus Tennessee at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is included in Tech’s 2017 season tickets and likely represents the only way to secure seats from the Yellow Jackets’ allotment to the highly anticipated Labor Day showdown (click HERE for frequently asked questions regarding the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at MBS).
Renewal information will be emailed to all current Georgia Tech season-ticket holders on Tuesday and season tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 5 p.m. For more information on season tickets, visit togetherweswarm.com.
Georgia Tech is coming off a 9-4 campaign in 2016 that included wins in six of its final seven games, capped by a 33-18 triumph over Kentucky in the 72nd-annual TaxSlayer Bowl. The Yellow Jackets, who finished just two spots outside of the final AP Top 25 in ’16, return 16 starters (eight on offense, eight on defense) in ’17.