Tech to play Virginia Tech on Labor Day

Georgia Tech will open the season at Virginia Tech on Labor Day night, according to a person familiar with the ACC’s scheduling.

The schools and the league had been in discussions trying to organize the game, which will have a national ESPN platform at a time slot with little competition.

The game is a break from Tech’s scheduling pattern, in which the Jackets have opened at home against an FCS-level opponent in each of Paul Johnson’s four seasons. Tech associate athletic director Wayne Hogan had previously indicated concern about playing such a meaningful game in the opener. The winner of the Yellow Jackets-Hokies game has gone on to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game all seven years since the league split into two divisions.

However, the opportunity for national exposure is a considerable temptation. Virginia Tech almost certainly will be ranked in the top 25 in the preseason and Tech could be as well. The ACC is scheduled to release the league schedule by mid-February.

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Go Jackets

January 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

Winfield Featherston

January 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

Love this idea

K

January 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

East Cobb Hokie

January 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

Guess that will give Bud more than a week to prep for Paul’s offense.

Jackets21

January 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

Love it. No more false confidence from an easy early sked. Sets the tone early in camp before the season starts that Jackets have to bring their A-game on day one. Not to mention great recruiting exposure assuming no blowout loss.

Burdell

January 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

Bring it…better than on a cold November Thursday night in Blacksburg.

Rduck

January 26th, 2012
3:02 pm

Love it… if you are gonna strive to be a big time football program, you have to take it to quality opponents on the big stage. i love the fact that we will have this game to shoot for all offseason. the guys should have no problem hitting the practice fields hard. great exposure on a national stage for recruiting also… maybe the Vad Lee coming out party?

Georgia Tee

January 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

Go Jackets! Poop on the dawgs!!!!!

Tommy

January 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

Should help recruiting.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

VPI is returning few starters in skill positions, except for Logan Thomas. I’m sure they are as nervous about playing a tough opponent to start as we are…

Joe

January 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

Im off to get my anus bleached…

GooblerNation

January 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

It will be a great summer leading to this game. Everyone talking Tech vs. Tech and a real seriousness to spring workouts and pre-season football in August. Can’t wait for September 3. Go Hokies!!

SansWorld

January 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

VPI have had some pretty unimpressive home openners, maybe we should wear James Madison or East Carolina uniforms.

GT GRAD

January 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

There are advantages and disadvantages to playing a huge game against a quality opponent this early in the season.

I like the approach; however, I’m not sure this year the best year to play Virginia Tech first. I would imagine Vad Lee will be the starting quarterback…………. competing against Virginia Tech in your very first college game is almost too much to ask from a young quarterback.

All of the Georgia Tech players will be motivated and I think this approach will help prepare them better for the entire season.

It should be an exciting game………… go GT!

Jeff

January 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

I like it!!! Virginia Tech has traditionally gotten off to slow starts, but they are usually clicking on all cylinders by November!

Stinger 2

January 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

We will lose our first game earlier than usual.

Techman78

January 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

Remember last time the Jackets and Turkeys attempted to play an opening game…Lee Corso’s rental car got struck by lightning!!

Hoping its the Hokies that gets struck this time!

Go Jackets!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

January 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

That’s what I’m talking about. Play FCS school two or three games in. It could serve as an off week. ” GO JACKETS “

Hokie CPA

January 26th, 2012
3:17 pm

Nice… Looking forward to it!

Oh, and for any of you figuring VT might be nervous because Logan will be our lone returning skill player… you all need to be MUCH more concerned about our DEFENSE returning 9 starters plus getting our hurt guys back healthy. You remember the unit that just held Denard Robinson and that Michigan offense to 180 yards?

And as far as our skill guys go, y’all may end up having nightmares about Michael Holmes, Dyrell Roberts, Marcus Davis and DJ Coles before all is said and done.

WAR DAMN HOKIE!!!

GSUStud

January 26th, 2012
3:17 pm

So Tech starts the year off with a loss. What else is new? I am surprised that Tech has not been demoted to Div II by now.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
3:27 pm

Hokie CPA…

I recall GT having their way with your defense all night with a young, inexperienced, and undersized O-Line.

Mike Lum

January 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

Knowing CPJ, he’ll start Tevin against VT…only delaying Vad’s developement.

Jacketz

January 26th, 2012
3:34 pm

Fantastic news. vpisu is always slow out of the gate. Jackets can take owvership of the division and let me book my hotel room in Charlotte by the second week of September. Go Jackets! stop the hokie pokie

BillS

January 26th, 2012
3:37 pm

With VT having time to prep for CPJ’s offense, I’m predicting a Virginia blowout, 36-20. GT will soon find out they do best when they open with FCS-level opponent and stick with that.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

VT had extra time to prepare for GT this year and gave up 5.0 YPC anyway, and stood to lose if not for a dumb personal foul and 4th-and-1 stand at GT’s 31 yard-line. Make no mistake, GT LOST that game more the VT won it.

GIT

January 26th, 2012
3:47 pm

Since 2001 an Al Groh defense is 1-10 v. VT….Hokie fans love that he’s in the Coastal

GT fan

January 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

Very Cool.

I see some VT fans feel the Hokies will never lose again! I mean, how could they? Didn’t everyone see the Sugar Bowl? They kicked the livin dog out of Michigan! But I forget…can someone tell me what the SCOREBOARD said when the clock went 00:00?

I’ve seen GT play more than good enough to beat VT (2008 & 2011) only see a PF penalty derail the win.

swarmi

January 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

Perhaps Tech can decide how to slow (stop doubtful) that big QB. The last time, all he had to do was run a QB sneak (and protect his head from a hammer blow…LOL)(hopefully no more WWrassslin type moves).

Old Blind Dawg.

January 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Good on GT for stepping up and opening with a better opponent.

The early chatter will help them get some TV time which helps with recruiting.

Even if you get knocked around it will be positive. UGA has used some early tough games to boost recruiting even when the results were less than hoped for.

You Techies should get a pretty good feel for what the year holds as opposed to the over rating you got last year.

UGADawg

January 26th, 2012
4:08 pm

Sounds like an interesting start for both Tech’s. Should be a good game.

ArkyTech

January 26th, 2012
4:11 pm

Yeah Hokie CPA, we are all shaking in fear of Hokies returning the same a defense that couldn’t stop GT last year.

bulldog steve

January 26th, 2012
4:15 pm

Not going to work out well for GT. Anytime a team has ample time to prepare for that offense, it gets shut down.

DesignerJacket

January 26th, 2012
4:17 pm

Never did like a Hokie. Never have feared them under CPJ either. Scores may not have been close, but the games we’ve lost to them have always been perceived as “VT survived that one until the last few plays” and took control of the Coastal. Well, I think this is the season to change that when you won’t even know how to scout us. Kansas sure does remember how GT plays at the beginning of a season (our receivers and A-backs catch passes). I thin if you put the same defense GT played against in 2011 up against a GT offense that is ready to catch and run….it’s not gonna go like it has in years past. Heck, we may not even know who the starting QB is until we absolutely HAVE to declare a starter. Good luck scouting that. And to spend extra time prepping for an exotic system you’ll only see in your first game when you’ve gotta play 11 more wouldn’t be very prudent. I think GT is gonna do work in this game, and it could be very nice! And it’s good for both schools regardless who wins.

stingembuzz

January 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

Here’s to an early Hokie dinner!!!!

need a new stinger

January 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

it’s nice but how about a high profile non-conference game for the bees? i know you played auburn and ND…but how about someone who’s actually good when you play them. perhaps someone west of the mississippi for a change? at least gt isn’t as bad as florida about that…

BigTimeTechFan

January 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

Should be a good game.
Thomas is going to real good QB, just grew up last year and this will be his year.
VT has been replacing RB’s every year, last time they lost big time RB they had froh step in and rush for over 1000 yards

Get one big road game over with to start season, On Big road game to end of season (UGA), so middle of schedule should be packed with home games

Hope the Schedule goes something like

09/01/12 at Va Tech
09/08/12 Middle Tennessee
09/15/12 BYU
09/22/12 Southeastern Louisiana
09/29/12 at UNC
10/06/12 Duke
10/13/12 Miami
10/20/12 Bye
10/27/12 at Clemson
11/03/12 Virginia
11/10/12 at Maryland
11/17/12 Boston College
11/24/12 at Georgia Bulldogs

12/01/12 ACC Championship Game

BigTimeTechFan

January 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

@need a new stinger

BYU is that game

ormewood

January 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

I think the Jackets have a great chance to win this game. The Hokies lose a ton on both sides of the ball. If the Jackets minimize their turnovers, they win this game.

John Bell

January 26th, 2012
4:29 pm

Any chance this gets moved to a neutral site? Charlotte? DC? GT would go to Va Tech in 2013. That would help the major problem of having a great home schedule in odd years – UGA, Climpsun, Va Tech, UNC and a stale home schedule in even years Duke, UVA, Miami.

Mitt Santorum

January 26th, 2012
4:30 pm

The added exposure from a nationally televised game will be good for GT. However, if the past is any indication, giving Virginia Tech the entire offseason to prepare for Paul Johnson’s offense figures to be a major issue for GT. I’ll go ahead and take VT and lay the points.

GT Dude

January 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

this should motivate our boys and coaches all off season :-)

Dragon

January 26th, 2012
4:40 pm

GT will gets its ass kicked. Beamer will have all off season to get ready for our offense, and we know how that works out when people have even 10 days. Scary.

ToeMeetsLeather

January 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

As stated above, better to play on a warm September night vs a cold as hades November Thursday.

Hey, maybe we open up in the shot-gun formation and make the five weeks of prep time null & void for the Turkeys!

DesignerJacket

January 26th, 2012
4:43 pm

Mitt Santorum, Bud Foster can’t use the entire offseason to teach defensive schemes for the Option-Based Spread without taking time away from teaching his regular defensive schemes – the ones he’ll need for the other 11 games. Will he devote extra time to it? Yes, and he’d better. Will it be more than another week or so? That would be a dangerous gamble if he wants his defense to be as good as it normally is in the other ACC games. He could beat GT and then lose to his other Coastal opponents if he’s not careful with that balance. And remember, they already devote extra time for option defense in the offseason as it stands now. How much more time can he really afford to teach and practice? Makes ya think that GT might have a better shot than it would if this were a bowl game.

spider

January 26th, 2012
4:49 pm

i ll bet lee corso will opt out of being in this game or at least he will be checking the weather very carefully.

Tyrone Sorrells

January 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

34-10 Hokies

GTSteve

January 26th, 2012
5:06 pm

VT hasn’t consistently slowed down the GT triple option, much less stop it, and correct me if I am wrong…doesn’t the schedule come out months in advance anyhow……they know when they are playing GT, they know what offense GT runs, and they still can’t stop it…this game will be no difference, if GT plays good defense, they will have a chance to win

GTPhenom

January 26th, 2012
5:17 pm

I don’t get where anyone even gets the idea that VT has even really “slowed down” our offense in the past. In 08, we were a bs PI call from winning the game, in 09 we ran all over them, in 2010, they got the break from Nesbitt (literally . . .), and this past game the momentum was entirely in our favor until a foolish personal foul by Attaochu. Foster and the Hokies don’t scare me. What we have to worry about is our defense stopping them. They lose a lot of skill players, sure, but if all they have to do is run a QB sneak every time again, then we are screwed. Either way, I’m really excited about this. I love the idea, love the exposure, and if it keeps on happening, I sure as hell love a mild september night in BDS as opposed to a cold november night. I expect it’ll be a close game as they ALWAYS have been, and yet again, it wouldn’t shock me if this game determined who won the Coastal. Go Jackets, and THWG.

GTPhenom

January 26th, 2012
5:21 pm

Exactly GTSteve. This is no different than any other situation. I like the odds of our defense having a breakout year this year. The secondary returns almost fully intact, the LB corps have a chance to return 3 out of 4 starters, and the front 3 could be helped big time by some impact recruits potentially coming in. Al Groh’s defense takes three to four years to implement, so I’ve also never understood the immediate hate dished onto him. Maybe in a year or two, if it is still average, then so be it, but we’ve had the system for two years only. We were playing 4-3 guys in a 3-4 scheme. At this point, not only are we getting recruits better suited for the 3-4, those same 4-3 guys are starting to understand the principles of the 3-4.

big gt fan

January 26th, 2012
5:21 pm

If washington is going to be the qb then its going to be blowout city baby, he cant beat good competion