Posted: 1:54 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014

Tech ’14 schedule under assembly 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will learn its full schedule for 2014 in coming weeks, but it knows one likely benefit it did not enjoy in 2013.

After getting stuck with a bye week in the second week of the 2013 season, the Yellow Jackets’ two open dates will be timed in a way that will presumably be more beneficial. Tech’s three non-conference games besides the season-ending Georgia game are scheduled for the first three weeks of the season –Wofford Aug. 30, at Tulane Sept. 6 and vs. Georgia Southern Sept. 13.

As a result, with the calendar again falling in such a way that teams will have two open dates, most likely one or both of Tech’s open dates will break up its ACC schedule. (It’s possible that Tech could get one open date on the fourth week of the season and the second on the week prior to the Georgia game, with an uninterrupted ACC slate in between.)

This past season, Tech had an open date after the season opener against Elon and then played eight consecutive weeks. In the ACC, Pitt and Virginia were the only other teams required to go as long without an open date.

Tech made two requests of the ACC as the league put the schedule together with ESPN – no Thursday night home games and either an away game or open date on either Oct. 11 or Oct. 18, which bookend the school’s fall break.

The league attempts to honor the requests, but is not bound to do so. Last year, for instance, Tech asked for a bye after the BYU game but did not get it.

Last season, Tech was given one Thursday night home game, which are logistical challenges for the athletic department and campus and also are typically more difficult for fans to attend than Saturday games. Last year, a committee of ACC member school administrators, of which Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford was a part, proposed that hosting duties for the Thursday night games be spread around the league.

One aspect of the 2014 schedule that will certainly be under scrutiny by Tech fans – whether or not North Carolina receives a bye week before playing the Jackets. It would be the fifth time in coach Paul Johnson’s seven seasons that the Tar Heels enjoy that advantage.

113 comments
Jmonty
Jmonty

My prediction would be a little more realistic.

Wofford - WIN

Tulane - WIN

Georgia Southern - WIN

Va Tech - LOSS

Bye

Duke - WIN

Pitt - WIN

NC State(?) - WIN

Miami - LOSS

Clemson - LOSS

Virginia - WIN

UNC - LOSS

Bye

UGA - LOSS

I foresee another 7 win season.  Assuming that we lose another bowl game.

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

I'm trying to think of any reason to be optimistic and I cannot.  PJ has shown zero ability to make any kind of adjustments in what he does.  It beats the teams that are no good very decisively, it breaks even against average teams and loses every single time to good teams.   I see little hope.  Also, no matter who the defensive coach is, we get poor results every year since Oleary left town.  I used to laugh when TV announcers used to rave about the great John Tenuta, defensive genius.   We got killed.   Same with Groh.  My gosh he was awful.   The bright side is that a couple of years ago we had a great punter.  Also, we had a series of great receivers (Johnson, Thomas) with no one who could effectively throw the ball.   Another brilliant job of planning by our crack coaching staff.


Hey, I am dyed in the wool GT all my life and my Dad before me and my first Tech game was in 59, so I am no kid.   I would LOVE to say some positive things, but it just looks bad to me.  Lots of people get real positive in the off season, probably because there aren't any games to expose flaws, but I'm not wired up that way.  I tend to believe what I see.   Even though UGA is miles ahead of us, I do have to whistle them for doing the same thing.  Almost all of them see the Dawgs going all the way "next year" and believe with all their hearts because they want it so badly.   I know it won't happen, though, and I am not surprised when they trip up.

knudegard1
knudegard1

No one who goes to more than one game a year or who has kids likes Thursday night games.

POAD2013
POAD2013

I like Thursday night games.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

No matter the schedule, no matter the opponent, this 2014 GT team will need to learn and apply how putting away opponents early.   Take command of a game and do not let up.  Stop playing "not to lose" and play with attitude of winning and then look back afterward to see how well you did.   (Ban all news and media access from start of fall practice thru last game of season.  I don't mean ban media from accessing the team, I mean ban the players from listening to the hype and or gripes of the public.)

Flak
Flak

@The Hill.....Looks like y'all are the BIG problem with TECH FOOTBALL.

Peachs
Peachs

Thursday night games have been an out of body experience for Tech.Tech is a team with a rhythm and the early week night game at a thinly supported stadium is more like a practice than a game. Tech is not a Louisville or Central Florida trying to break into the big times, they are an established program. Just because they are in Atlanta which is convenient to the production is not a reason they should be abused. They play Va. Tech in a less than inspirited game every year and find out later in the season that Va. Tech is not very good and they with effort should have beaten them. That one game both years has been the game that busted their season. I do believe that a sleepy playing Vad Lee was a large part of the problem last year too, but we don’t need a Thursday walk about every year.

gt1995
gt1995

Look...

Coach Johnson has one, maybe two years to get 8-9 wins and show he can beat some of the big boys.

A new manager, regardless of the organization, wants to stamp it as his own. There is no better way to do that as an AD than to hire a new football coach. The only way that DOESN'T happen is if the Coach is an icon and even some those get pushed out the door (i.e. Bowden, Spurrier, etc.).

Coach Johnson is not beloved. His teams have been mediocre three of the last four seasons. Everything points to Bobinski making a move.

But every good manager knows that in order to make a move you MUST have a plan to replace. Too often, moves are made and the aftermath is MUCH WORSE than the original situation. Look at UVA. Suddenly Al Groh doesn't look so bad as they just finished their fourth season of miserable football. Look at Maryland. Suddenly Ralph Friedgen doesn't look so bad as they just finished their third year of miserable football. Look at Tennessee. Suddenly Philip Fulmer doesn't look so bad after the Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley disasters.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

I hope this early three game start holds up in scheduling. This will be a perfect start for JT to gain confidence, give a multitude of backs & DLineman a chance to play so the staff can see who wants it most, and give Byerly some needed reps. It would not have been that great with Lee back.

If, and it is a big if, some of the young DLineman step up, we'll have a better record than last year and win some big games with JT running the show. Something we have not done since the Clemson game in 2011. Folks will be amazed at how much faster the offense will perform with Thomas and the fact that this speed aspect will improve the blocking schemes as well. Can't wait.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

The GT offensive coordinator needs some help.

7-6

7-7

6-7 

WAKE UP coach.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Here's the mind bender: Chan Gailey was a better recruiter and could beat the big boys(except UGA) but would lose to UNC, NC State, and Virginia. PJ is destroying the Virginia, UNC, NC STATE, Syracuse, and Pitt 's of the world but can't beat the Big boys and only beat UGA once. This leads me to believe that no matter who coaches at Tech, mediocrity will thrive until "The Hill" decides to make a change in academics.

Your thoughts.........

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

My Guess at the schedule:

Wofford - WIN

Tulane - WIN

Georgia Southern - WIN

Va Tech - WIN

Bye

Duke - WIN

Pitt - WIN

NC State(?) - WIN

Miami - WIN

Clemson - Toss Up

Virginia - WIN

UNC - WIN

Bye

UGA - WIN


ACC champ Game - FSU - Toss Up


Rsjaracz
Rsjaracz

I hope we finish strong, cause without Vad Lee our passing game is still going to be nonexistent.  We need 4 more wins and Tulane could beat us.  GT might miss a bowl next season.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@MikeBanning


You do know Bill Curry recruited  the core of Alabama's 1992 National Championship team while at Alabama

Never had the same recruiting results at Georgia Tech as he did at Alabama. 26 wins in 3 years at bama, only won 6 games one season at Georgia Tech. 


Johnson is doing a find job of bringing in well balance kids, good football players that graduate, he's a fine football coach and should remain at Tech for many years.

1990formerJacket
1990formerJacket

Who cares. Same results next year as this past. Once a new HC is named then I care again. Disappointed former yellow jacket.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

First Tech may not be getting the 4 and 5 stars but they are beating out major BCS schools for their kids. 


The line next year will be bigger and stronger. Shamire(beat out UGA)/O'Rielly(4* Auburn transfer)/Mason will be over 300lbs of beef guard center guard. 


Speed with JT(Alabama) hopefully get Snoddy(Ole Miss) & Summers(Florida) more touches. 


Custis (FSU) will get major burn so offensively GT will be young but very athletic and fast. 


ESPN loves Tech at Night so I doubt the Thursday night request will be granted. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

Former Stanford DC Derek Mason was hired as Vandy's HC to replace Franklin.

GT and MBob had their chance to can Pajamas' @$$ and hire this up & comer from the Harbaugh-Shaw coaching tree, that instills toughness, smart play and physicality, and great defense in all their teams.

Imagine what Mason could have done at GT recruiting in the Metro At. Area and in Ga. that has the 4th best HS FB in country based on numbers of BCS level recruits in Ga.

crackbaby
crackbaby

Since Ga Southern beat Florida in Gainesville last year, you have to take them seriously.  Too bad Jeff Moncken isn't HC anymore.  Would've been a nice sidelight.


Wofford had to go to Baylor last year and get beat 69-3 so traveling to Atlanta will be like going on a cruise.  And...  they beat Ga Southern last year.


@ Tulane? Sorry.  I got nothin'  lol.


So the first three games are uninteresting and will not reveal much about the Jackets prospects in 2014 (just like opening against Elon in 2013).  Hard to get excited about it.

DON1938
DON1938

@ronaldtallon It won't be popular but I agree with you 100%.  I'm told we shouldn't expect any better though because "we are who we are".  Really sad.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@knudegard1 plenty of people that go to more than one game that likes the Thursday night games. I see plenty of kids at the Thursday Night games. 

DON1938
DON1938

@AlwaysReady These w - l records meet the expectation of the fan base.  CPJ needs no help.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Bob posted some interesting thoughts about Pres. Peterson. He doesn't think any of those changes on The Hill are coming any time too soon. I'm hoping Bobinski being a labeled a "basketball guy" may put forth special efforts to improve his resume (for his next job) by focusing on improving the football program. Maybe he will be more aggressive in getting better talent to The Flats. Just my wishful thinking.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@BigTimeTECHFan @MikeBanning  

Johnson is doing a find job of bringing in well balance kids, good football players that graduate, he's a fine football coach and should remain at Tech for many years.

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If you honestly believe that comment above, thne you should be checked for bi-polar disorder an other mental illnesses.

CPJ should have been fired last year for losing 7 games in a season, rather than being GT's HC for many years.

Where did all the horribly low standards for GT FB come from?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning This would be more impressive if he was their first choice (my guy Pep Hamilton turned them down) and you were tooting Mason's horn a year ago.  


All this proves is you read rumor mills.  Congrats!

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning Why am I supposed to assume that Mason is the greatest coach ever and would have recruited top 10 classes at Tech? Help me out with that. There are several great up and comers every year. Don't worry, if CPJ eventually is relieved of his duties there will be plenty to choose from.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

The truth is, the best we can hope for in a HC is someone who is willing to bend our ridiculous academic rules and fight The Hill the way O'Leary did, and hope we get away with it like Miami. Or just take our licks and suffer through some NCAA restrictions every 5-7 years, sandwiched between some great football seasons. But that's better to me than a roster half of which belongs in Div-2 and 6 wins a year, none of which have any significance.

DON1938
DON1938

@ToeMeetsLeather Seriously, GSU will probably have more fans at the game than  Tech.  GSU really feels like they can and will beat Tech.  Also a short drive from Statesboro.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning A better question for some fans would be where did the incredibly high standards come from.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning 


I really don't think you are in any position to be judging someone else's psychological status.   

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob @MikeBanning  

Why do you always mention Top-10 recruiting classes, when my expectation is a HC & Staff that can bring in Top-25 Recruiting classes?

You intentionally bypass what IS POSSIBLE for GT FB to achieve(Top25 recruits)  to defend CPJ by focusing on what is highly unlikely (top-10 recruiting classes).

DON1938
DON1938

@Birminham__Jacket Personally, I'd rather see Tech drop back to Div. 2 or whatever they call it these days than continue to flounder with the current program.  It's a heck of a lot more fun to win at any level than lose.  Ivy league football is actually a lot of fun.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

It's not just how the class ranks overall. In the past even though our classes haven't been stellar, we've usually gotten 2-3 real players (like Attachou) in each class. Johnson's classes have by in large lacked any real difference makers.

As for expectations, I don't think any Tech fan grounded in reality believes we win 8-9 games per year consistently. But we've lost how many games in a row now to Miami and VT? Those are not UGA caliber rosters. No excuse for not winning some of those games.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning if that is the case then CPJ has had roughly the same talent coming through the door as Chan he just isn't coaching them up, right? Pick an argument and stick with it. Quit running in circles.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @GeorgeStein @GTBob  

The numbers of lies from you and your cronies have become laughable.

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Now they are his cronies?  You accused them of being my cronies the other day.  Who's the ringleader here that has all these cronies?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob 

Recruiting rankings on NSD give an insight on what we have coming in the door and the re-rankings tells us are we coaching them up and getting them to win games on Saturdays.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GeorgeStein @MikeBanning @GTBob 

Wrong again!

I only mention the guys that have the academics for GT.

For example many of Bama's recruits that are 5* I never mention why wasn't GT recruiting them, I only ask about guys that I know that GT has made offers to or if the Recruit has an offer from one the "the academic schools" that take recruits away from GT.

The numbers of lies from you and your cronies have become laughable.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning @GTBob We mention that because you constantly (constantly!) ask why we aren't recruiting every five star player around.

GTBob
GTBob

If you are going to start arguing that rerankings are what really matter then quit using real recruiting rankings in any of your arguments. Rerankings don't really have any meaning at all.

GTBob
GTBob

There were recruiting publications before Rivals and Scout. Superprep, Prepstar, and Lindy to name a few.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@ConfederateFlagBurner @GTBob @MikeBanning 

Actually Chan had one Top-25 Recruiting class on NSD and he had 3 other recruiting classes that were re-ranked in the Top-25 after they had been on campus for 2 or 3 years.

Chan had more 2* recruits end up as All-ACC and end up on NFL rosters than a lot of HCs.

Chan was great at finding "diamonds in the rough", his downfall  was not being able to find & develop a QB and it got him fired.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning @GTBob 

Ok then. Tell me why im supposed to assume that Mason will start consistently pulling in top 25 classes when Ross, O'Leary, and Gailey couldn't do it with less restrictions. We have one top 25 class in the last 13 years. 5 in the last 26 years. Why is Mason going to be the one that can recruit much better than all of our previous coaches?