1. Georgia Tech’s first-ever game against Alabama A&M will complete the Yellow Jackets’ 2013 schedule. Tech’s non-conference schedule will be comprised of home games with Alabama A&M, Elon and Georgia and a road game at BYU.
The FCS team will play Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium Nov. 23, a week before the Jackets play Georgia. Since the FCS level (previously known as Division I-AA) was created in 1978, this will be the first time that Tech has played an FCS-level team the week before the Georgia game. The Jackets have typically played an ACC opponent.
After the ACC voted to return to an eight-game league schedule in October from the nine-game plan instituted with the expansion to 14 teams, Tech sought home-and-home dates for 2013-14 with schools in the Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA.
However, due to the lateness of the search and the glut of ACC teams looking for opponents, school officials couldn’t find a potential FBS partner with openings or willing to create openings for the Jackets.
Alabama A&M is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, a league of historically black colleges and universities. The Bulldogs finished 7-4 this season, losing to Auburn 51-7 in its only game against an FBS opponent. Alabama A&M is coached by Anthony Jones, formerly a coach at Morehouse.
It will be the first time that Tech has scheduled two FCS-level opponents since 2008, coach Paul Johnson’s first season, when the Jackets played Jacksonville State and Gardner-Webb. The Gardner-Webb game was also a late addition, the result of Army canceling its game with Tech in Oct. 2007. Tech will be able to count only one win against Elon or Alabama A&M towards its bowl eligibility.
2. The Tech athletic department released a message on Twitter from coach Paul Johnson Tuesday thanking fans who attended the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
“As we begin bowl preparations, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support in Charlotte this past weekend. We came up short in our quest for the ACC Championship, but our players and coaches were overwhelmed by the fans that made the trip. We were energized by the Tech faithful in the stands, especially in the second half. At the end of the game, we heard many words of encouragement. It was a great reminder of who and what we represent every time we take the field.”
3. Tech will begin practice for the Sun Bowl Thursday and continue with practices Thursday and Friday. … Tech was a 10-point underdog to Southern California as of Tuesday evening. … The Tech ticket office put Sun Bowl tickets on sale Monday. The school has an 8,000-ticket allotment which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cost $50 and $60. … In the Tech media guide, a survey of team members revealed that five players named USC as the team they would most want to add to the schedule, including outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. Ironically, 12 players chose Florida State, which the Jackets played in the ACC Championship game.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog