For Tech, the results are not clear, based on college football’s plan to play a season through the corporate epidemic, traced on a daily basis. The SEC decision gained more attention Wednesday night, as the ACC took note of it while approving its schedule model for 10 games on the SEC as well as a non-conference game. The format left room for the league’s four teams with SEC in-state rivals – Clemson (South Carolina) Florida State (Florida), Louisville (Kentucky) and Tech – to continue the league this year.
But the SEC, which headed for a conference-only schedule long before the ACC’s maneuver, was held.
Tech Athletic Director Todd Stansbury said in a statement, “While it is disappointing for our student-athletes, coaches and fans that our annual rivalry with Georgia this year will not be a football game, I also understand and respect that. ” . “We look forward to finalizing our non-conference rival for the 2020 season in the near future and are very keen to meet Georgia again on the gridiron in 2021.”
“I am disappointed that our players will not have the opportunity to play a rivalry game in our state this season, but respect the SEC decision,” coach Geoff Collins said in a statement.
It is also possible, of course, that the season will not be played at all. The plans that are holding the conferences together are not plans. If the team starts a prescription practice and the season is well canceled in the coming weeks, then the epidemic cannot be prevented from spreading to campuses and locker rooms and practice areas.
Tech has two other non-conference home games for the upcoming season – Central Florida and Gardner-Webb. The Jackets could either decide to play the game and either cancel or try to move the second game to another year, with the former option potentially expensive.
With 10 scheduled games against ACC opponents, including Notre Dame, which will play as a member of a full league this year, Tech may opt for a less competitive opponent at FCS Gardner-Webb. (The Knights finished 10–3 last season and achieved the figure of being a Top 25 opponent.)
Or, it is possible that Stainsbury and Collins could try to pull out of both the UCF and Gardner-Webb games and play in-state rivals like Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Mercer or Kenessa State. Or, the ACC may follow the SEC’s lead and choose not to play non-conference games, although Stansbury’s statement has no such intent.
Georgia Southern Eddie Jared Benko, whose team is one game short, as Ole Miss was supposed to play, is waiting at the Sun Belt Conference to decide how he will decide his season.
“I would love to play Georgia Tech and Georgia every year,” Benko told the AJC. “Especially at Georgia Tech, being in Atlanta because the last time we played there (2016), we had a huge crowd. We have a lot of fans there. We think it will be a great game.”
As the 10 ACC games that Tech will play, the Jackets’ conference strength of schedule is the most difficult, as the Jackets are scheduled to play both Clemson and Notre Dame, which would be the top two options for almost anyone to win in the ACC. Most unusual weather. The Jackets are one of six who will play both the Tigers and Fighting Irish, although they get both at home.
The Jackets are likely to avoid North Carolina, a possible 25 top teams with quarterback Sam Howell, and Virginia Tech, which was 8-5 last season and returns a veteran roster. If the season is played, it will be the first time the Jackets have not played Tar Heels since 1979.
Measuring the average of opponents’ Sagarin ratings at the end of last season, Boston College is the toughest program in the league. The Eagles’ 10 ACC opponents had an average rating of 49.1, including Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Wake Forest ranks second at 49.8. The remaining 13 are between 55.8 and 61.5. Tech ranks fifth at 56.4.
Not having Georgia on it has definitely made the schedule easier.
“I’ll miss it,” Anderson said. “I’ll definitely.”