Feb. 14, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s 2011 football schedule, which includes seven home games and eight games against teams that participated in bowl games last season, was officially released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.
The Yellow Jackets’ home schedule includes non-conference games against Western Carolina, Kansas and Georgia, and ACC contests against Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina and defending ACC champion Virginia Tech. Tech’s road schedule consists of a non-league game at Middle Tennessee State and ACC opponents NC State, Virginia, Duke and Miami.
Georgia Tech’s Nov. 10 game against Virginia Tech will continue the Yellow Jackets’ tradition of playing in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on ESPN. The Yellow Jackets will play in an ESPN Thursday night game for the 25th time – more than any other team — and for the 19th consecutive season
“The schedule will certainly be very challenging,” head coach Paul Johnson said. “I expect the ACC to be extremely competitive this season. Almost every team is capable of competing for the conference championship.
“I know our fans are excited about the seven-game home schedule, which includes a number of very good teams.”
In the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule rotation, Maryland replaces Wake Forest on Tech’s schedule.
Tech opens the 2011 campaign on a Thursday night – Sept. 1 against Western Carolina, in Atlanta. Nine days later the Jackets make their first trip to Middle Tennessee State, then return home Sept. 17 to host Kansas.
The Yellow Jackets kick-off ACC play Sept. 24 in Bobby Dodd Stadium against North Carolina. Tech opened conference play against the Tar Heels last season, coming away with a 30-24 victory in Chapel Hill.
On Oct. 1, Tech plays on the road at NC State – the Yellow Jackets’ first game in Raleigh (N.C.) since 2006. The following Saturday, Oct. 8, Maryland and new coach Randy Edsall come to Atlanta for the first time since 2006.
The Jackets then play back-to-back road games – Oct. 15 at Virginia and Oct. 22 at Miami. Georgia Tech’s win at Virginia in 2009 was its first in Charlottesville (Va.) since 1990. Tech’s game at Miami will mark the Yellow Jackets’ first game at Sun Life Stadium since playing in the Orange Bowl in January of 2010.
Three of Georgia Tech’s final four games come at home – each against rivals.
Georgia Tech and Clemson, the two teams that played in the 2009 ACC championship game, meet in Bobby Dodd Stadium Oct. 29.
After playing nine consecutive weeks, the Jackets have an open date Nov. 5.
The Nov. 10 ESPN-televised game against Virginia Tech marks the second straight year the Yellow Jackets and Hokies meet in an ESPN Thursday night contest. The 2011 game will be the fourth since 2004 in which the two Techs have met on a Thursday night.
Since divisional play began in 2005, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are the only two teams to win Coastal Division titles.
Tech’s final road game and final ACC game of 2011 comes Nov. 19 at Duke.
Tech plays on the road just one time after Oct. 22nd.
The Yellow Jackets close the regular season Nov. 26 in Atlanta against traditional rival Georgia.
|Sept. 1 (Thursday)||Western Carolina||Atlanta|
|Sept. 10||at Middle Tennessee State||Murfreesboro, Tenn.|
|Sept. 24||North Carolina||Atlanta|
|Oct. 1||at NC State||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Oct. 15||at Virginia||Charlottesville, Va.|
|Oct. 22||at Miami||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|Nov. 10 (Thursday)||Virginia Tech||Atlanta (ESPN) 8:00|
|Nov. 19||at Duke||Durham, N.C.|
|Nov. 26||vs. Georgia||Atlanta|