Clemson flips to Tech’s even-year schedule

Georgia Tech will play a second consecutive road game at Clemson this fall, a move that will address its scheduling issue that has had Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech on the same home-away rotation since 2006.

Tech will also play home games against both ACC newcomers, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Pitt will be in the Coastal Division with Tech. Syracuse will be in the Atlantic Division and is on the schedule as the one rotating Atlantic opponent.

Tech’s other home games will be against North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Elon and Alabama A&M. The other road opponents will be Duke, Miami, Virginia and BYU. Tech will have seven home games and five road games.

Tech officials have sought to fix the scheduling quirk that has placed the Yellow Jackets’ three biggest rivals – the Bulldogs, Hokies and Tigers – on the same pattern of coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium in odd years and hosting Tech in even years. It has caused unbalanced season-ticket sales, which has made budgeting for the athletic department uneven.

Syracuse’s visit will be its first ever to Bobby Dodd.

Home: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Elon, Alabama A&M

Away: Clemson, Duke, Miami, Virginia, BYU

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George Stein

January 11th, 2013
11:07 am

Clemson should have had to come here twice in a row after we got screwed having to go to VT twice in a row.

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2013
11:19 am

i can see where you’re coming from, but Tech made the request, so it makes sense it should have to pay the price for the switch.

wrecked

January 11th, 2013
11:23 am

With both Elon and Alabama A and M on the schedule will GT have to have 7 wins to be bowl eligible?

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2013
11:25 am

that’s correct, unless Tech got its six wins against one of the two FCS schools and five FBS teams.

Tech77

January 11th, 2013
11:32 am

I see 9, maybe 10 wins on this schedule. I’d like to see 12 though.

So, when does...

January 11th, 2013
11:37 am

…Notre Dame come on the schedule as one of their 5 games against ACC teams?

gtfanfrom1951

January 11th, 2013
11:40 am

Should have moved UGA to first of the year or drop them it does no good to play them every year.

Georgia DAWGS

January 11th, 2013
11:43 am

yall don’t play FSU this year??

Uh, gtfanfrom1951...

January 11th, 2013
11:46 am

…that would be like moving Christmas to August or dropping it, though you are correct that it does neither team any good except in those years like 2008 when Tech wins and gives the fans a chance to gloat about that victory until the next one comes around…

Or, as St Simons blogged for 2 years – 48-45, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

chc4

January 11th, 2013
11:48 am

I see alot of losses on that schedule next season.

@Georgia DWAGS

January 11th, 2013
11:49 am

And Georgia DOESN’T play Alabama yet again this year? Really.

SeanMcGuire

January 11th, 2013
11:49 am

Undefeated!!!….wait uga is on the schedule never mind.

But, UGA...

January 11th, 2013
11:50 am

…did play AL this year, just as Tech played FSU this year…

spider

January 11th, 2013
11:51 am

no dates yet??

But, wait...

January 11th, 2013
11:53 am

…would you rather play Clemson, SC, and LSU – or, Clemson, VT, and NC/Pitt/’Cuse? That’s what I thought…

GT Man

January 11th, 2013
11:53 am

gtfanfrom51, I agree, either play ga first or drop them. Just get the loss over with, so we can hope to win the ACC or drop them completely. The losses lately have been embarassing and PJ just does not have the players to beat them. With this schedule, i see an 8-4 season, cant beat Clemson, Miami or BYU on the road, and surely will never beat ga again as long as Richt can recruit 35 players every year and PJ can only get 15-17 that nobody else wants.

Jim 70

January 11th, 2013
11:56 am

I forget why we ended up playing twice in a row at vt, and now need to play two in a row against Clemson to “even” the schedule. If we had kept the home/away with vt, then the schedule would have been balanced.

Something strange here.

errrr...

January 11th, 2013
11:56 am

Maybe the season ticket issue is not so much UGA, VT and Clemson, maybe the issue is BYU, Alabama A & M and ELON. I live in North Carolina and I don’t know where Elon is or what there mascot is. I certainly wouldn’t pony up for tickets to the game. Even if it was a single ticket at Elon. (Assuming I could find it.)

Bob

January 11th, 2013
11:57 am

We lost FSU and gained CUSE.

GT Man

January 11th, 2013
12:00 pm

Too bad ” Benedict ” Marron wont be coaching be coaching Syracuse this year—-remember when he left Tech to go coach for Donnan at ga ?

5150 UOAD

January 11th, 2013
12:14 pm

Thank the ACC GOD’s understand the the VT away back-to-back (years ago screwed the Home Schedule) was a BAD IDEA and now the Tech schedule is more even for TICKET BUYERS.
Wanted FSU bad. I have friends in Tal-A-Has-Ee that love having me visit or them visiting me so I miss that chance again but OK.

Wondering

January 11th, 2013
12:15 pm

@errrr, since Elon is in NC, maybe you could brush up on your geography skills just a bit before blogging.

Ken Sugiura

January 11th, 2013
12:16 pm

Jim 70 – don’t know for sure, but I imagine it had to do with the ACC being split into two divisions.
i believe notre dame starts with the acc in 2014.

5150 UOAD

January 11th, 2013
12:19 pm

The ACC GOD’S still screwed TECH with the Away back-to-back Clem& Sons game but the Tech Ticket schedule will be better.
WHY the F did TECH have to do 2 away games at VPI and now Clem&Sons? the ACC Hates TECH and that is the ONLY reason TECH has been made to do the double AWAY games to the BIG BOYS of the ACC.

MAYBE TECH needs to see what the B1G is offering for us to leave the ACC. The ACC doesn’t respect TECH in Football.

GT Pa

January 11th, 2013
12:19 pm

I believe the switch with VT was because we were initially playing both VT and UVA in Virginia on the same year. The swap put us in Virginia only once a year.

JB

January 11th, 2013
12:25 pm

OUCH… 6-6 maybe

Vespula

January 11th, 2013
12:25 pm

In the grand scheme of things, it is fair for Tech to play Clemson there two years in a row. When I was an undergrad at Tech, the Jackets always insisted on Clemson playing in Atlanta. Then Death Valley became larger than Grant Field, and it became home and home from 1974 on. When I was a PhD student at Clemson, the resentment against Tech for those years of snubbing Clemson’s home field was palpable. Having to go there twice in a row is a pretty small sacrifice compared to what Clemson went through earlier.

Mark in ATL

January 11th, 2013
12:27 pm

How did you get screwed when you requested the change to play at Clemson two yrs in a row??? Wouldn’t you be screwed if you requested it and were turned down?

White&Gold

January 11th, 2013
12:33 pm

In the long run, this is a better move. Even year home games suck,and mixing Clemson in will appeal to fans. We played hard this past season in Death Valley, and with the departure of Ellington and Hopkins, along with CTR coming in, it’s a very winnable game.

GTville

January 11th, 2013
12:35 pm

Ha ha, I agree with errrr…not living in GA I have no interest in coming back to watch us play Elon and Ala State. I had been looking forward to playing Alabama this year, but we chickened out. It may keep us bowl eligible without a loss, but it would have been a great victory and a fun game to see. Schedule better or better known programs to keep the stadium full. Beat the better programs to keep your recruiting up.

Ol'JacketFan

January 11th, 2013
12:39 pm

Gotta love these folks who comment on Tech getting recruits that nobody else wants. All you have to do is spend a little time looking at what other programs have offered Tech’s recruits to debunk that myth. Do yourslef a favor and do a tiny bit of research before your post. It’ll save you some embarassment!

Uh, errr......

January 11th, 2013
12:42 pm

…Elon is a “suburb” of Burlington, NC, and Burlington is a far out suburb of Greensboro – and, believe it or not, their mascot used to be “The Fighting Christians” – they changed mascots a few years ago to a “Phoenix”, whatever that is…back when they were just a liberal arts school (they are now a full fledged university) they were a power in NAIA football (but that was back in the 70’s/early 80’s)…

White&Gold

January 11th, 2013
12:42 pm

You would honestly want us to play Bama next season? It would get ugly…..quick.

FL Jacket

January 11th, 2013
12:43 pm

Elon is Wes Durham’s alma mater…

Agreed, Ol'JacketFan......

January 11th, 2013
12:45 pm

…that moron also said that UGA gets to recruit 35 guys every year, too while thinking that GT only gets to recruit 15-17…

I woulda thought......

January 11th, 2013
12:48 pm

…that with his dad’s pull at UNC that Wes would have gone there – wow, he must be really “not smart” to not get in there what with his dad being a legend in Chapel Hill…

Buzzzed

January 11th, 2013
12:52 pm

Agree with GTville,

better schedule = more ticket sales, better recruiting, but more losses (and possibly no bowl game)

As a club level season ticket holder, I’ll take it over getting stuck with worthless tickets to Elon and Alabama A&M!

GTville

January 11th, 2013
12:53 pm

Yes, I wish we did not cancel…I understand why though.

dawgfan

January 11th, 2013
12:54 pm

YAWN. Its your standard Techie football schedule. Only 2 teams that finished this year ranked in the top 25. Two D-1aa sisters of the poor. The rest is just mediocre ACC crap that we’ve all grown to love.

Georgia Tech football is boring and predictable. I can understand why you don’t go to the games.

George Stein

January 11th, 2013
12:55 pm

I get that, Ken, but the conference screwed it up initially by sending us to VT twice in a row. It seems reasonable to me that our request should have been granted without consecutive trips, especially when you consider VT plays the BC and Maryland juggernauts out of the division this year.

Easy, Mark. We travelled twice to VT when the conference screwed up the schedule initially.

Denver Dawg

January 11th, 2013
12:56 pm

something else that would help “balance” season ticket sales?

four tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes

oh, wait…

Ol'JacketFan

January 11th, 2013
12:56 pm

As to the schedule, I like it, we get to see the two new members of the conference in their 1st year. With VT, GA and NC it’s a good balance. The road schedule will take care of itself as long as Tech plays like they should give the number of returning starters.

George Stein

January 11th, 2013
12:57 pm

UGA – to their credit – does not oversign. In that conference, they are fighting with a hand behind their back.

Thanks, George......

January 11th, 2013
1:02 pm

…for putting some truth out there for the rest of the Tech faithful…

Booze Hound

January 11th, 2013
1:02 pm

7-5 Record

Wins: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Elon, Alabama A&M, Virginia, and Duke
Losses: Virginia Tech, Georgia, Clemson, Miami, and BYU

Johnson is then hopefully fired and takes the leaky Roof with him.

George Stein

January 11th, 2013
1:03 pm

Thanks for your continued interest in GT football, dawgfan.

GTBob

January 11th, 2013
1:06 pm

UGA – to their credit – does not oversign. In that conference, they are fighting with a hand behind their back.

They don’t oversign but they do abuse a system that allows them sign players, have them flunk out or get kicked off the team, and then just sign more players. Personally, I think there should be a hard cap on the number of players you can sign in a 4 year period. Signing 35 guys to replace all of your rejects is just a dumb system. It penalizes the schools that try to sign quality individuals.

dawgfan

January 11th, 2013
1:07 pm

“Thanks for your continued interest in GT football, dawgfan.”

You’re welcome. Its like driving by a big train wreck. I’ve just got to take a look.

5150 UOAD

January 11th, 2013
1:09 pm

ACC & TECH SCHEDULE should be: 9 confrence games

#1) FBS…..HOME…( Big team ie. SEC Vandy or Miss St or Tenn or Miss St or Bama) keep it Southern
#2) Duke……Home….Coastal
#3) Virginia……Away….Coastal
#4) Miami…..Home….Coastal
#5) Pitt or SYR (whoever is in the Coastal Division)…..Away….Coastal
#6) Clemson ……AWAY
#7) Pick a rotating team……Home…Home Coming.
#8) FSU……Home
#9) Virginia Tech…..Away….Coastal
#10) UNC…..Home…….Costal
#11) FCS……Home
#12) UGa……Away

Comments?

Paul in NH

January 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

errrr…

January 11th, 2013
11:56 am

“I live in North Carolina and I don’t know where Elon is”
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You mustn’t get around NC much. Elon is half way between Raleigh and Greensboro, just off I-40/I-85