Posted: 10:18 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Tennessee a possibility for Tech in kickoff game 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech might be in line to inaugurate the Falcons' new stadium in 2017 with a possible Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Tennessee. (Atlanta Falcons)

Georgia Tech might be in line to inaugurate the Falcons’ new stadium in 2017 with a possible Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Tennessee. (Atlanta Falcons)

This was part of the notes from Monday, but if you missed it, Tennessee is a possibility to play Georgia Tech in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan has been in discussions with Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski and senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford about playing in the game that year, which is when the Falcons stadium is scheduled to open.

It would be the renewal of a series that dates back to Tech’s days in the SEC (and even further) and continued after the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC. The teams have played 43 games (Tennessee leads 24-17-2), with the last meeting taking place in 1987. That was the last year of a run in which the teams met every season for nine years and 11 of 12 years.

It’s possible an agreement could be finalized by the end of August. Stokan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July that he was hoping to arrange three kickoff games at the new stadium in 2017 over Labor Day weekend. To dovetail with the ACC’s contract with ESPN, Tech would likely play in either the Thursday or Monday games. If the Jackets played in the Thursday game, they likely would play in the first regular-season football game in the new stadium.

Tech is scheduled to play Ole Miss in 2017 in Oxford, Miss., with a return game contracted for 2018. The 2017 game would likely have to be moved to a different year, as Tech’s preference would be to not play three non-conference games against SEC opponents (including Georgia). Tech’s scheduling philosophy is to play two of its four non-conference games against “power five” conferences (including Georgia), a third against an FBS opponent from a non-power conference and an FCS opponent.

It would be Tennessee’s second appearance in the kickoff game, following a 2012 win over N.C. State. With the end of the SEC-ACC arrangement in the Chick-fil-A bowl game, Stokan is seeking to continue the pairing in the kickoff series.

65 comments
BuzzBabe
BuzzBabe

I would be all for this game! I pull for Tennessee in the SEC since I have family that goes to UT. It would be fun to watch my 2 favorite football teams play each other but I'd definitely be cheering for my Jackets! 

thebugman10
thebugman10

I would love for Tech to play 3 SEC schools. But the again, Mike B. is probably more worried about the bowl streak than trying to prove we can play with the big boys.

MikeS777
MikeS777

This should be pretty good to see.  I wonder if both coaches will be there in 2017.  Tech would have to extend Johnson I think for that to happen.  If Butch Jones doesn't get UT off the mat by then, he will be out.  UT is paying a heavy price for dumping Fulmer the way they did.  That was just a season removed from winning the SEC East by upsetting UGA who finished #2 in the polls, and they gave LSU a good game in the SECCG.  One bad year and Phil was out.

To be fair Kiffin looked like he was going to do well, but then bolted.  In hindsight, he probably should have stayed at UT.  Either way, Butch Jones hasn't done really any better than Dooley so far.

vallo
vallo

I used to love this matchup and then looking at all the pictures the AJC (maybe just the AC at the time) would have of the game in the Sunday paper.  Hope it pans out

nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

If this season plays out as I expect, Gt will not be running the TO and a new coach will be in place. 

I see the first two acc games as make or break. If they lose both, I think 2-6 in conf is a given. 

The guys from cbs cumulative put gt in an average slot of 6th place in the division. 

That equates to about 2-3 conf wins. And if tulane or gsu somehow pulled off the upset, well let's not go there. 

FBYJ
FBYJ

I would LOVE to see this.  I hope they can work it out.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

2017 is a long time away. Tennessee has a coach who will very likely be better than  his predecessors. Georgia Tech will possibly have a new coach by then. Georgia southern was mentioned by somebody, and their new coach runs a different offense than his predecessors. Georgia may have a new coach as well, if theirs keeps regressing. I don't think Foley will tolerate mediocrity at a school as prominent as UGA. 


Fair warning, Georgia fans: I do not like Mark Richt as head football coach at Georgia. I'd rather see a guy there with a tougher leadership attitude. As to the question of actual results, Phil Steele uses 5-year records as a measure. I did some research on my on in 5 year increments. Coach Richt's record:


Last 5 years:


8-5  2009

6-7  2010

10-4  2011

12-2  2012

 8-5  2013

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44-23 .657


Previous 5 years:


10-2 2004

10-3 2005

 9-4 2006

11-2 2007

10-3 2008

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50-14 .781


First 3 years:


 8-4  2001

13-1  2002

11-3  2003

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32-8  .800 

DawgNole
DawgNole

KS: "Tech’s scheduling philosophy is to play two of its four non-conference games against “power five” conferences (including Georgia), a third against an FBS opponent from a non-power conference and an FCS opponent."

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Those FCS teams need to go away--for GT and every other FBS school that is serious about earning respect and ranking at season's end.

JM64
JM64

I'd love to see this match-up.  I hope it is the Thursday game.

billybuzz65
billybuzz65

Sounds like gadrock is a little fearful of the Coach and Tech's unranked recruits.



bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Tennessee gives us trouble most years.  Georgia Tech almost never does (last season an exception and our starting QB was out).

Tennessee will beat the snot out of you guys.  Triple option is weak and your defense is even weaker.

Jmonty
Jmonty

It sure would be a better opener than Elon and Wofford for us fans.  I think GT will be up for the challenge. Go Jackets!!!

Crazy-Catfish
Crazy-Catfish

sooo the Joke by coke.. the southern poly technic football school of west marietta street can't sell out a pitiful 42,000 seat stadium in there ghetto housing development downtown already and you expect the to sell out the dome... yea right.. good luck with that.. looks like a tooth less sell out for the big orange disaster....

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

No business playing Tennessee.  I'm convinced we don't take football seriously.

GMAB
GMAB

Would be a nice win for the GT.    " GO JACKETS "

DawgNole
DawgNole

@vallo

It was the AJC at that time as well. Sunday paper was a combo of Journal and Constitution, and it had great coverage of Georgia football games.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@nevrenuftime All the writers just see a new QB...   So, how do they know the offense will struggle and the "D" line is going to be bad??  They don't... They speculate...  They guess..  GT has an uncanny ability to do well, when people think they will do bad.  Go Jackets!! 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@nevrenuftime 

And where did they put us in the division each of the past 5 years, and where did we finish each year.  They have about as much sense as you apparently do......which is very little.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@Delbert_D Richt isn't going anywhere.  The only reason last year was an 8 win season and not 10+ is the fact that they had devastating injuries on the offensive side of the ball after September.  By that time he had lost by 3 @Clemson, beat South Carolina, and beat LSU.  They were headed to a third SEC East title in a row.  He had a couple of rough years in 09 and 2010, but he clearly has turned them back around into an SEC title contender again.

You have to also consider the SEC is a much tougher place to play football right now.  Spurrier has South Carolina playing the best football in their history.  Bama is back with Nick Saban. Auburn has been in the national title a couple of times.  LSU continues to be a national title factor.  A&M has come in and blossomed in the SEC.  Missouri has decided not to lay down, and even Vandy isn't a doormat anymore.

Remember they lost to National Champion LSU twice in 2003, the second time in blowout fashion in the SECCG.

The only glaring issue right now is the defense.  The defense is much worse that in was in Richt's first 6 or 7 seasons.  The offense is better than his early years which has offset that a bit.  If they get the level of defense back they had in those early years, they will be winning SEC titles again and likely break into the National Championship.  The defense giving up 350 yards rushing to Bama is the only reason they didnt get one in 2012.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Delbert_D 

"I don't think Foley will tolerate mediocrity at a school as prominent as UGA ".

Foley wouldn't - but his disciple McGarity seems to be a little less demanding.

Delbert - it is good to see you still having occasional posts.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@DawgNole 100% agree...  No fan wants to see FCS schools playing GT or UGA

gadrock
gadrock

@billybuzz65  billy dumbbuzz Johnson has won one time  since he has been at techie and the football program has hit the bottom since he came he play a sissy boy schedule as every year he plays 7 gimmies and how many bowl games has he won.  tech cannot sell ticket to the games because of the weak schedule and someone like you makes a stupid remark. you must have a IO OF 1

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg Tennessee got slaughtered by Florida last year and nearly lost to South Alabama. The fact that you guys almost lost to them is more of an embarrassment to your program than some statement of Tennessee's quality of play.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg 

Maybe you should look at the stats from the past 7 meetings.  Tech's defense lost all but one of those games; the mutt defense hasn't stopped the triple option yet.

gt-40
gt-40

Ding ding ding, you hit on all the jawja stereotypes in one post, do they teach that in the children's literature course ....

Atlanta is a great town, and Athens is a great place.... To be from....

Pound sand cone head

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@gatechclassof95 Let me try to keep up.  Tech has no business playing teams like Georgia Southern because if the Eagles win it "hurts" Tech but if the Jackets win "they are supposed to" but Tech also has no business playing UT?  I assume it's the same argument as why Tech has no business playing UGA, recruiting.

Why do many Tech fans have so many built in excuses?  Just play the dang game.  It's one game.  You might win just like when you guys beat the highly ranked Auburn several years ago.

Show some respect and support for the Tech football program and their competitive spirit for crying out loud.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@PaulinNH @Delbert_D

I had hopes for McGarity until he started softening the football schedule, which was almost immediately after he arrived at UGA. It'll take a while to undo that damage.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgnIT The weirdest part to me is that Tennessee has had 5 losing seasons in the last 6 years. They really shouldn't be a team to be afraid of until they somewhat get their act together.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@DawgnIT You must be new here.   Still, excellent response.   Please come back again soon.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgNole 

He will be working on punctuation, commas, periods and beginning sentences with capital letters when he enters 3rd grade.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@StrangeMurphy @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @bigmacondawg 

I was addressing the CLAIM he made that the triple option is weak.  I know we lost; there's no denying that, and no amount of excuse-making will change it.  But he implied in his post that anybody and everybody could stop the triple option.  FALSE !!!  Deal with it. He also said that last year was the exception in games that Tech gave Georgia a battle.  FALSE AGAIN!!!  2008-2010 were also battles down to the wire.  And, AS I POSTED, it wasn't the offense that lost those games; it was the defense.

DON1938
DON1938

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @DON1938 Plz Super; quit trying to be so macho.  Apparently, you still don't understand the only thing that counts is the final score.  When the opposition scores so quickly, that tends to aid the TO stats for CPJ.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@DON1938 Weird.   I thought when opponents scored quickly and we got behind, we had to pass and were screwed.   Can we stick with a single BS narrative here?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GeorgeStein @DON1938 

Interesting twist in logic there, huh, George?  Apparently he can't even comprehend what he writes himself.