Jan. 29, 2015
THE FLATS – Game promotions have been added to Georgia Tech’s 2015 home football schedule. Georgia Tech will play seven home games for the fourth time in five years.
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 in January.
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).
Georgia Tech’s game vs. Tulane will be Heroes Day when the Jackets recognize service men and women and first responders who help protect our nation. Tech’s final home game against the Bulldogs will be Michael Isenhour Toy Drive and Senior Salute.
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).
The UNC game will be Family Weekend, while the Pitt game will be Hall of Fame Game. That weekend, the Jackets will recognize the latest inductees into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Florida State will serve as both Homecoming and the Jackets’ annual White Out game (#GTWhiteOut).
Tech’s Nov. 12 game vs. Virginia Tech will be an ESPN Thursday Night telecast, the Jackets’ 27th appearance on ESPN’s Thursday night programming – the second-most appearances among FBS schools behind, coincidentally, Virginia Tech.
The 1990 National Championship team will be honored during Georgia Tech’s Thursday Night game vs. 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.
Nine of Georgia Tech’s 12 opponents played in a bowl game last season – second-most among ACC schools.Other schedule notes include:
- 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.
Game 1 – Alcorn State (Sept. 3)
Georgia Tech and Alcorn State will meet for the first time … Braves are only Tech’s second SWAC opponent … Jackets beat Alabama A&M in 2013 … Tech is opening season on Thursday night for first time since 2011 (63-21 win over Western Carolina).
Game 2 – Tulane (Sept. 12)
This will be the second game of a four-game series between the former SEC charter members … Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 36-13 … In 2014, Tech beat the Green Wave 38-21 in the inaugural game at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium … It will be Tulane’s first game at Georgia Tech since Oct. 25, 1980 (Tulane won 31-14) … Final two games of Tulane series will be 2018 (Atlanta) and 2019 (New Orleans) … Paul Johnson is 3-2 all-time vs. Tulane.
Game 3 – at Notre Dame (Sept. 19)
Georgia Tech and Notre Dame will meet for the first time since 2007, a 33-3 Tech win in South Bend … Notre Dame leads the series 27-6-1 … Three of Tech’s six wins have come at Notre Dame Stadium (1942, 1959, 2007) … Georgia Tech has won two of last three meetings, including a win in the 1999 Gator Bowl (35-28) … This will be the first of four meetings over the next 10 years between the schools … Notre Dame will make the return trip to Atlanta in 2019 and 2024 … Georgia Tech will return to South Bend in 2021 … Paul Johnson is 1-5 all-time vs. Notre Dame (all six while at Navy).
Game 4 – at Duke (Sept. 26)
Duke is Tech’s third-most frequently played rival … 2015 will mark the 83rd series meeting with Georgia Tech holding a 50-31-1 series lead … Tech has won 18 of the last 20 meetings, including the last five trips to Durham … The winner of the Tech-Duke game has scored at least 30 points in each of the last six meetings and in nine of the 10 … Either Duke or Georgia Tech has won the Coastal Division in each of the last three years … Paul Johnson is 10-2 all-time against Duke, including a 4-1 mark while at Navy and 6-1 while at Georgia Tech.
Game 5 – North Carolina (Oct. 3)
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 28-19-3, including an 18-7 mark at home … Jackets have won eight straight at home against the Tar Heels … Tech posted a 28-20 come-from-behind win at home over UNC in 2013 … Tech and UNC played the highest-scoring ACC game in history in 2013 (Jackets won 68-50 in Chapel Hill) … North Carolina native Paul Johnson is 5-2 all-time vs. the Tar Heels.
Game 6 – at Clemson (Oct. 10)
Clemson is Georgia Tech’s fourth-most frequently played rival … 2015 will be the 81st meeting with Georgia Tech leading the series 51-27-2 … The Jackets and Tigers will meet for the eighth time in seven seasons including a date in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game … Tech used two pick-6 returns to beat the Tigers 28-6 last season in Atlanta … Paul Johnson is 5-3 all-time against Clemson.
Game 7 – Pitt (Oct. 17)
Georgia Tech and Pitt will meet for just the 10th time and third as ACC rivals … Pitt leads the series 5-4, but the Jackets have won the last two meetings (21-10 in 2013, 56-28 in 2014) … Pitt is 2-1 at Georgia Tech … In last year’s meeting, Georgia Tech tied an NCAA FBS record with six fumble recoveries … It was Tech’s first trip to Pittsburgh since 1920 and its first win in the Steel City … Tech also beat Pitt in the 1956 Sugar Bowl (1955 season) and 1956 Gator Bowl) … Paul Johnson is 3-0 all-time vs. Pitt.
Game 8 – Florida State (Oct. 24)
Georgia Tech and Florida State will meet in the regular season for the first time since 2009, a 49-44 Tech win in Tallahassee … Jackets and Seminoles have met twice in the last three years – both meetings coming in Charlotte in the ACC Football Championship Game (2012, 2014) … Tech’s 31-28 home win in 2008 over FSU was dubbed “Miracle of North Avenue” … Florida State leads the series 14-9-1, but Georgia Tech holds an 8-6-1 advantage in Atlanta … Paul Johnson is 2-2 all-time vs. Florida State.
Game 9 – at Virginia (Oct. 31)
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 19-17-1 … Jackets have won the last three meetings and two of the last three trips to Charlottesville … One of Tech’s all-time greatest victories was a 41-38 win over UVA in Charlottesville in 1990 when the Cavaliers were ranked No. 1 nationally … The Jackets went on to win a share of the national championship … Paul Johnson is 5-2 all-time vs. Virginia.
Game 10 – Virginia Tech (Nov. 12)
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will play on Thursday night for the sixth time and the fifth time at Bobby Dodd Stadium … The teams met on Thursday night in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2013 … Virginia Tech leads series 8-4 … Jackets snapped four-game losing streak against Hokies with 27-24 win in 2014 at Blacksburg … Harrison Butker nailed a 24-yard field goal as time expired … Paul Johnson is 2-5 all-time vs. Virginia Tech.
Game 11 – at Miami (Nov. 21)
Georgia Tech snapped a five-game losing streak against the Hurricanes with its 28-17 win in 2014 … Miami leads the series 11-9 … Georgia Tech is 2-4 at Miami, including an 0-3 mark against the Canes at Sun Life Stadium … It’ll be Tech’s first trip to Sun Life Stadium since its 49-34 win in the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl over Mississippi State … Sun Life will have a different look from Tech’s last trip as the stadium is undergoing major renovations … Paul Johnson is 2-5 all-time vs. Miami.
Game 12 – Georgia (Nov. 28)
The Governor’s Cup returned to The Flats in 2014 after the Jackets’ 30-24 OT win between the hedges over the Georgia Bulldogs … It was Tech’s first win over Georgia since 2008 … Tech’s win was an instant classic as Harrison Butker and D.J. White cemented their places in Georgia Tech history … Georgia leads the series 64-40-5 … Tech is 26-34-4 at home vs. Georgia … Paul Johnson is 2-6 all-time vs. Georgia.
2015 Georgia Tech football season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by phone at 888-TECH-TIX, or online at togetherweswarm.com. Season tickets for Tech’s seven-game home schedule start at just $245 – a value of $35 per game. Great lower-level seats are available from $350. There is no per-game ticket or Tech Fund price increase in 2015. The only difference is the addition of a seventh home game (Georgia).
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