Georgia Tech’s 2011 schedule

Georgia Tech has two Thursday night games on the 2011 football schedule released today.

The Yellow Jackets will host ACC champs Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the teams’ second consecutive Thursday night meeting. The game will be on ESPN. Georgia Tech will open its schedule against Western Carolina with a Thursday night game on Sept. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets went 6-7 last season, losing to Air Force in the Independence Bowl. The team has a challenging schedule featuring games against eight teams that played in bowls last season.

The Yellow Jackets will open ACC play by hosting North Carolina on Sept. 24. Its first road game will come the next week at N.C. State. The team has just one set of back-to-back road games, at Virginia and then at Miami on Oct. 15 and 22. It has a bye on Nov. 5.

GEORGIA TECH (home games in caps)

Sept. 1 WESTERN CAROLINA (Thursday)

Sept. 10 at Middle Tennessee

Sept. 17 KANSAS

Sept. 24 NORTH CAROLINA

Oct. 1 at NC State

Oct. 8 MARYLAND

Oct. 15 at Virginia

Oct. 22 at Miami

Oct. 29 CLEMSON

Nov. 5 OPEN

Nov. 10 VIRGINIA TECH (Thursday), ESPN, 8 pm

Nov. 19 at Duke

Nov. 26 GEORGIA

Here’s more about the games:

Western Carolina

Sept. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 2-9 overall, 1-7 in the FCS Southern Conference.

Last year’s result: Did not play.

Tech coach Paul Johnson is a WCU alum (class of ‘79). WCU averaged 16.5 points and allowed a whopping 34.5. The rushing attack was led by Decatur native Michael Johnson (611 yards), who will be a junior. The team was quarterbacked by Zac Brindise, a transfer from South Carolina. He passed for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a junior. After the season, coach Dennis Wagner fired offensive coordinator Keith Heckendorf and tabbed himself as the play-caller.

Middle Tennessee State

Sept. 10 at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

2010 record: 6-7 overall, 5-3 in the Sun Belt.

Last year’s result: Tech won 42-14 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

This will be Tech’s first visit to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dual-threat quarterback Dwight Dasher is gone, but the team returns Logan Kilgore (540 passing yards) and Jeff Murphy (395 passing yards). The team averaged 26.5 points and allowed 28.1 last season.

Kansas

Sept. 17 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in the Big 12.

Last year’s result: Tech lost 28-25 in Lawrence, Kan.

The loss in Week 2 last season set off alarms for Tech fans. After all, the Jayhawks were beaten in their season-opener by a FCS team. In the second year of Turner Gill’s regime, Kansas will bring its most productive quarterback, running back and wide receiver to Atlanta: Jordan Webb (1,195 passing yards), James Sims (742 rushing yards) and Daymond Patterson (487 receiving yards). The Jayhawks lost three of the best defensive players, but will return linebacker Steven Johnson (team-leading 95 tackles). Kansas averaged 17.1 points and allowed 34.4 last season. Both were among the worst in the FBS. This will be the Jayhawks’ first game at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

North Carolina

Sept. 24 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech won 30-24 in Chapel Hill.

The win over the Tar Heels in Week 3 was arguably the high-water mark of Tech’s season. North Carolina will be without two of their best offensive players: quarterback and Marietta native T.J. Yates and running back Johnny White, who used up their eligibility. Wide receiver Dwight Jones (946 yards) will return. Bryn Renner is expected to take over for Yates. Many of the defensive players involved in last year’s scandals declared for the NFL. The Tar Heels averaged 25.3 points and allowed 23.2 last season.

N.C. State

Oct. 1 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

2010 record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech lost 45-28 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The big question: Will quarterback Russell Wilson return for his senior season or will he go play professional baseball? Wilson (3,563 yards, 28 touchdowns) tore up the Jackets’ defense in last year’s game. The Wolfpack will return leading rusher Mustafa Greene (597 yards). On defense, N.C. State has lost middle linebacker and leader Nate Irving, but do return leading tackler and safety Earl Wolff. N.C. State averaged 31.8 points and allowed 21.3 last season.

Maryland

Oct. 8 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Did not play.

The Terrapins were the pleasant surprise of the conference last season. That didn’t stop them from firing coach Ralph Friedgen and replacing him with Randy Edsall, formerly of Big East champ Connecticut. Maryland returns the core of a dangerous offense featuring ACC rookie of the year Danny O’Brien (2,438 passing yards, 22 touchdowns) and running back Davin Meggett (720 yards). Leading wide receiver Torrey Smith (1,055 yards, 12 touchdowns) opted to leave school early for the NFL. The Terps averaged 32.2 points and allowed 22.2.

Virginia

Oct. 15 in Charlottesville, Va.

2010 record: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech won 33-21 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Cavaliers will return a new offense having lost their best quarterback Marc Verica, running back Keith Payne and wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. They do return Kris Burd (799 receiving yards) and Perry Jones (646 rushing yards). The team returns the bulk of its defense, led by cornerback Chase Minnifield, although defensive end Zane Parr did leave early for the NFL.

The Cavaliers averaged 25.3 points and allowed 28.3 last season.

Miami

Oct. 22 at Miami.

2010 record: 7-6 overall, 5-3 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech lost 35-10 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Tech will face a renovated Hurricanes squad, led by new coach Al Golden. Who will guide Miami’s offense? Who knows? Neither Jacory Harris nor Stephen Morris stood out last season, combining to throw 24 interceptions and the dismissal of coach Randy Shannon. Leading rusher Damien Berry and receiver Leonard Hankerson are gone.

Lamar Miller (646 yards) returns in the backfield and Travis Benjamin (743 yards) on the edge. The Hurricanes averaged 26.3 points and allowed 20.7 last season.

Clemson

Oct. 29 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 6-7 overall, 4-4 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech lost 27-13 at Clemson.

The Yellow Jackets’ slide started with last season’s defeat in Death Valley. Clemson’s defensive line disrupted the Jackets’ blocking schemes. The good news for Tech is two of the big problems on the defensive line – end Da’Quan Bowers and tackle Jarvis Jenkins are headed to the NFL. Clemson will also be breaking in a new quarterback, possibly Tajh Boyd, as well as a running back with Jamie Harper’s decision to leave school early. There is also a new offense to learn. After averaging 24 points last season, coach Dabo Swinney fired offensive coordinator Billy Napier and replaced him with Tulsa’s Chad Morris. The Golden Hurricanes finished eighth in the FBS in scoring (41.4 points per game) and fifth in yards per game (505.2) in 2010.

Virginia Tech

Nov. 10, a Thursday, at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 11-3 overall, 8-0 in the ACC. Conference champions.

Last year’s result: Georgia Tech lost 28-21 in Blacksburg.

Last year’s game will be remembered because quarterback Joshua Nesbitt suffered a broken arm shortly after becoming the ACC’s most prolific rushing quarterback. Tevin Washington entered and did his best to rally the Jackets. The Hokies will be without Mr. Everything Tyrod Taylor as well as running backs Darren Evans (team-leading 854 rushing yards) and Ryan Williams, who declared for the NFL. The Hokies return leading tacklers Bruce Taylor and Eddie Whitley. Virginia Tech averaged 33.9 points and allowed 20.6 last season.

Duke

Nov. 19 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

2010 record: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in the ACC.

Last year’s result: Tech won 30-20 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Blue Devils return a dangerous offense, featuring quarterback Sean Renfree (3,131 yards), running back Desmond Scott (530 yards) and receivers Conner Vernon (973 yards) and Donovan Varner (736 yards). Of course, defense was Duke’s issue last season. The Devils allowed an average of 35.4 points per game last season, while scoring 25.3.

Georgia

Nov. 26 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

2010 record: 6-7 overall, 3-5 in the SEC.

Last year’s result: Tech lost 42-34 in Athens.

The Bulldogs have defeated the Jackets two consecutive seasons. Tech dominated last year’s game on the stat sheet, but four turnovers were its undoing. The Bulldogs return quarterback Aaron Murray (3,049 yards, 24 touchdowns) and a big question mark at running back, where incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell, one of the nation’s most sought-after running backs, could provide an answer. The Bulldogs lost wide receiver A.J. Green, who caught eight passes for 97 yards in last year’s game. Will Georgia’s 3-4 defense improve under second-year coordinator Todd Grantham?

– Doug Roberson, AJC

146 comments Add your comment

Faithful Techie

February 14th, 2011
2:13 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

February 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

Lines up very nice for Tech

Faithful Techie

February 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

Good. Our open week is prior to playing VT. I love it!

Jackets 2011

February 14th, 2011
2:16 pm

If we are any good, the schedule sets up nicely.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 14th, 2011
2:19 pm

Miami, Clemson, Va Tech all back to back at end of near end of the season will be the key.

Vad Lee Show Forthcoming

February 14th, 2011
2:21 pm

Great schedule to break in a new QB!

This will give Vad some time to get up to speed and take care of UNC on Sept. 24th.

bruce mac

February 14th, 2011
2:28 pm

Are you really claiming Mid Tennessee as a legit opponent? It is a much better schedule than 2010, that is for darn sure. VT, Clemson and UGA should be sellouts if Tech can beat those cupcakes early. I like this schedule if I am a Tech fan.

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

From MIAMI-UGA is our tough stretch, but it works in our favor some.
@MIAMI then 7 days late CLEMSON at home.
12 days to get ready for VT.
9 days to @DUKE
7 days to UGA at home.
From Oct. 22 to Nov. 26 (35 days) with 5 games, but most at Home. I hope Syngin Days is READY to play QB.

Paul in RDU

February 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

Odd years have a much better home schedule than even years and the toughest road game is at the U. GT should have a better record than in 2010.
TO’B is not expecting Wilson back after baseball season.

spider

February 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

2 stinkin thursday night games, thanks radovich, both him and hewitt need to go.

JasonG

February 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

I’m not looking ahead like i did last year. I’m hoping we don’t stumble along the way because as long as Wilson is out at NC State, Miami is the only tough road game… should be a lot of season ticket holders this year…

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

Paul in RUD
We really need to get VT moved as a home game to even years. That would make the ticket packages much more even. This is a year to get to see good home games for sure.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

spider, DRad, has nothing to do with the ACC Thursday night game. He DID choose to play WCU on Thursday, but it’s the powers that be in the ACC who make the ACC schedule, not DRad.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

I hope Tech beats Kansas after what happened last year, that killed ech’s season

hbtd

February 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

Ahahahaha! Another classic schedule for the Institute. You guys really know how to get a fan base excited………..Western, MTS, Kansas, a pathetic ACC (excluding Clemson and Va Tech). I guess there’s always the annual butt kicking to UGA to look forward to.

Sean

February 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

@ 5150 P.O.A.D.

Also, hope David Sims is ready to play! The kid sheds tackles like a dog with the mange. Reminds me of Reggie Bush.

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

spider
Where do you live? I love the Thursday night games. I live in the ATL Metro and I am already close to town. I don’t care for early season noon games to sit in the freaking 95-100 degree heat. Tech runs the ball a lot and burns the clock. The Thursday night are cooler and over pretty early.

GT ATW

February 14th, 2011
2:38 pm

Vad should be a great one before he’s done, but I’d be very surprised to see him start next year unless Washington goes down with an injury. Washington’s real competition will be Days. If Washington can improve his passing game and stop turning the ball over, he will be very solid next year with the experience he gained under fire last year.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:38 pm

hbtb, and who would THUGa be playing OOC next season, other than Boise State who was ADDED ONLY for TV. Let’s see, are the mutts playing Tenn Tech, La Monroe, La Lafayette, Ga Southern? And even in the SEC, the only decent teams on your schedule next year are Florida and SC, since Auburn will obviously be down. Don’t try comparing schedules, bubba.

JasonG

February 14th, 2011
2:39 pm

Agreed, I love Thursday night games

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:39 pm

Sorry PAUL in RUD I mean move VT to home game in Odd Years. A few years back when we played VT 2 in a row in Lane it screwed our H-W even ticket package.

reebok

February 14th, 2011
2:40 pm

I can see us going 9-3 and I can see us going 3-9…we need a receiver and much-improved play on both lines…the schedule does lay out well for us, but remembering that we lost to Air Force in our last game, I am not taking anything for granted.

Vad Lee Show Forthcoming

February 14th, 2011
2:41 pm

Vad will be in the race. He’s got the talent to start.

Check out his highlight film:

http://www.athletevault.com/index.php?id=2122

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:41 pm

P.O.A.D., although I like the atmosphere at those Thursday night games, I have a 2 1/2 hour drive, and it’s no fun making that drive after midnight. Fortunately, I am retired, so I don’t have to get up early the next morning, but those out-of-towners who do have to work don’t like those games. I agree that the noon-time games suck too, because of the heat, but also because that means leaving home no later than 8AM to get there in time to tailgate. 3:30PM games are the best.

Samantha

February 14th, 2011
2:42 pm

Thursdays…… that’s funny. If my little brother’s JV games are for some reason rained out, I may tune in.

reebok

February 14th, 2011
2:42 pm

and I personally love the Thursday night games…great national exposure on ESPN…of course, it would be better national exposure if we WON a few more of them!

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

I really don’t see VAD getiing the KNOWLADGE of the system and getting his school work down to play in the first year. I could be wrong, but IT will take A LOT to manage all he will have on his plate.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

reebok

February 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

i’m thinking Washington is the QB next year, w/ Lee redshirting.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

I can’t wait till the new SEC-TV contract FORCES the mutts to play Thursday games. Then we’ll probably read how those games are the best games ever…..such hypocrites.

hbtd

February 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

LOL. Yeah other than Boise, Dawgs OOC is weak with Coastal Carolina, New Mex St and “the Institute”, but the SEC schedule more than offsets those weak sisters.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

I doubt that Lee does it next year either, but it won’t be Washington running the offense; it will be Days.

GT ATW

February 14th, 2011
2:45 pm

Vad Lee Show, he looks great in that film, but he’s not running the option. Takes a while to learn that system. However, if he can catch on quick and help us win—I’m with you brother, turn him loose!!

D A DoubleU G

February 14th, 2011
2:45 pm

I want to come on here and bust your chops for the Thursday night games…….

But i called a truce until the end of Spring Practice on the immature cheap shots.

However, I will simply state a fact: UGA beats Georgia Tech in football. A lot.

Neal

February 14th, 2011
2:46 pm

Rumor is that CPJ is going to add a few plays from the Pistol formation to the play book. I would imagine this is to assist Vad with the transition.

hbtd

February 14th, 2011
2:46 pm

BTW, congrats to DRAD for getting a couple of extra days to prepare for Duke. That’s huge! hehehehehehehehe!!!!!

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:47 pm

Samantha
why are you on the computer? Should you be poping zits and in Algedra II right now? Your lil bro can’t make Varsity? I hope he is hitting the books than. I would think your Thursday Nights would be full of MTV or WUPA trashy teen/high school girl programs

hbtd

February 14th, 2011
2:48 pm

He’s in the 8th grade moron!

reebok

February 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

guys, don’t misunderstimate the difficulty of learning the offense and the durability you need to run it…i’d like to see Vad sit a year or 2 if for no other reason than to give him time to get bigger & stronger…give him the reins in 2013 when he’s a redshirt sophomore…hey listen to me yammering like I’m a coaching genius…!

Paul in RDU

February 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

POAD
I agree that GT needs to move the VT game to even years, but there is a problem with that. They need to have 4 home and 4 road games in the ACC. Only way to get the change done is to have a bunch of knock on affects elsewhere in the conference schedule

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

hbtd, you want to spell out for us that incredible SEC schedule that the mutts have next year? I see losses to SC and UF, wins over Vandy and UK, and tossups for the rest. And I don’t see LSU or Bama anywhere in there. Yeah, really tough schedule….NOT

spider

February 14th, 2011
2:52 pm

i live north of atlanta and yes the AD does have a say, he can tell the acc no thursday night games period, the BC AD does not seem too have a problem telling the acc that his school is located in a major city and it is a traffic nightmare for their fans too attend a weeknight game.

spider

February 14th, 2011
2:53 pm

and im a 65 year old white male that cannot take a chance with my life getting on marta at 11pm to come hone

D A DoubleU G

February 14th, 2011
2:56 pm

Superzize,

“I can’t wait till the new SEC-TV contract FORCES the mutts to play Thursday games. Then we’ll probably read how those games are the best games ever…..such hypocrites.”

You do realize that you conjured up a guess as to what would happen IF UGA ever plays a Thursday night game, then called us a name for your made up assumption. That was weird.

5150 P.O.A.D.

February 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

spider
Wow that is just life in the Big City then. Sorry you have to miss the game. At your age I am can’t believe you would rather sit in the HEAT of a nice cool evening in Atlanta.

Paul in RDU

February 14th, 2011
2:59 pm

LSU-MSU is going to be an ESPN Thursday night game in 2011, and in 2010 the winners of each SEC Division and Alabama had ESPN Thursday night games.
UGA? Who knows whether ESPN will tell them to play a Thursday night game.

byes

February 14th, 2011
2:59 pm

How many teams play us after a bye weekend, we will lose those, win the rest. Get blown out in the bowl

hbtd

February 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

Come on Supersize. LSU/Bama in SECCG. Do we have to spell out everything for you guys?

Paul in RDU

February 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

@spider
BC is playing FSU at home on a Thursday night in 2011 – don’t let facts get in the way of a good story though.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 14th, 2011
3:02 pm

From what I have read, the new SEC TV contract will require all SEC teams to play a Thursday night game. That INCLUDES the pompous mutts.