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Georgia Tech will start its 2019 football season on Jadson Field at the Tucker Center in Atlanta with a home game against Columbia. The 2018 season ended with a 6-6 record and two consecutive bowl losses including a 33-21 defeat to Central Florida in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Head Coach Geoff Collins replaced long-time coach to from Defense James Coley in 2017 before the 2018 campaign.
Georgia Tech secured the win over South Florida by way of USF mistakes, a strong defensive performance, and excellent special teams play. As the GT offense continues to solidify their long term offensive gameplan, they were able to do just enough to outscore the USF offense. Aided by numerous penalties on the USF defense, the Jackets moved the ball mostly via rushing plays while playing with a patchwork offensive line after a rash of injuries at those positions. The defensive penalties and costly fumbles made up the list of USF mistakes, with the biggest miscue being a fumble on the goal line while trying to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Tech defense was able to secure that fumble, all the while limiting USF's production throughout the day. From the many pass breakups to the 9 TFLs, the Jackets defense stifled USF for most of the day. Finally, the performance of Tech's special teams provided a big lift and was a major contributor to the first win of the Geoff Collins Era. Marred only by a widely missed 51-yard field goal attempt and one shanked punt, Tech's special teams was a definite positive on the day. Tech's Pressley Harvin III was able to pin USF consistently within the 15-yard line with 2 of the punt returns resulting in fumbles (one recovered by each team). Kick coverage and returns were executed with little drama and were consistently well-executed. With the win, Tech avoided its first 0–2 start in 30 years.
The back-loaded home schedule marks the first time since 1979 (and only the second time since World War II) that Tech plays four home games in the month of November and the first time since 2007 that Georgia Tech plays at home four times in its final five games of the regular season. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets are hosting USF for the first time ever, The Citadel for the first time since 2001 and ACC Atlantic Division crossover opponent NC State for the first time since 2010. The Jackets have won 11-straight games over rotating crossover opponents from the Atlantic Division. (Source: www.wrdw.com)
)To finish out September, UNC will travel to Atlanta in a season they hope ends in Charlotte at the ACC Championship game. They had eight wins in 2020 and made it to the Orange Bowl, a really good season to say the least in Mack Brown’s second season back in Chapel Hill. They return likely first round pick quarterback Sam Howell who boasted more than 3,500 passing yards this past season. They do lose some quality talent including running back Michael Carter who ran for over 1,200 rushing yards. On paper, they have the talent to replace what they lost, but are they ready to be on the national stage? Maybe their team will be just as stacked this year as they were last year. Maybe not. Only time will tell.
After a bye week, Virginia is next on the schedule and Georgia Tech will face them in Charlottesville on October 23. Last season, Virginia had a quality season going 5-5 and 4-5 in conference play. They started off 1-4 but finished off the season winning four of their last five. Nothing too impressive, but better than what Tech did. It should be said that they did pull off an upset against North Carolina. They took a step back in 2020 from their 2019 ACC Coastal division title, will that trend continue in 2021? (Source: yellowjackedup.com)