For Tech, the consequences are unclear as college football plans to play a season through the coronavirus pandemic have been blocked on a daily basis. The SEC decision received the most attention Wednesday night, as the ACC appeared to draw attention to the SEC by approving its 10-match schedule model plus a non-conference game. The format left room for four league teams with rivals within the SEC – Clemson (South Carolina), Florida State (Florida), Louisville (Kentucky) and Tech – to continue their streak this year.
But the SEC, which seems to have run for a single conference schedule long before the CCC maneuver, kept the course.
“While it is certainly disappointing for our student-athletes, coaches and fans that we will not have our annual game of football rivalry with Georgia this year, I also understand and respect the SEC decision,”
; said the director of Athletics Technician, Todd Stansbury in a statement. “We hope to finalize our non-conference opponent for the 2020 season in the near future and look forward to meeting Georgia again on the grid in 2021.”
“I am disappointed that our players will not have the opportunity to play our intra-state rivalry game this season, but to 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 the conferences are bringing together are no more than those plans. The season could be canceled in the coming weeks if teams start practicing foreshadowing and realizing that the pandemic cannot be prevented from spreading to campuses, locker rooms and practice areas.
Tech has two other non-conference home games scheduled for next season – Central Florida and Gardner-Webb. Jackets could decide to play any game or cancel or try to transfer the next game to another year, with the previous option being potentially costly.
With 10 games scheduled against ACC opponents, including Notre Dame, who will play as a full-time member this year, Tech could pick a less competitive opponent at FCS Gardner-Webb. (The Knights finished 10-3 last season and the figure to be a leading opponent of the Top 25 leader.)
Or, it is possible that Stansbury and Collins could decide to try to get out of the UCF and Gardner-Webb games and play an opponent within the state such as the State of Georgia, South Georgia, Mercer or the State of Kennesaw. Or, the ACC may pursue the SEC chairmanship and decide not to play non-conference games, even though the Stansbury statement did not indicate such an intention.
Georgia Southern AD Jared Benko, whose team is a short game, as Ole Miss would play, is waiting at the Sunshine Conference to make her decision on how to structure her season.
“I would like to play Georgia Tech and Georgia every year,” Benko told AJC. “Especially Georgia Tech, being in Atlanta because the last time we played there (2016), we had a big crowd. We have a lot of fans up there. We think it would be a great game.”
As for the 10 ACC games Tech will play, the strength of the Jackets conference schedule is tougher than most, as the Jackets are also scheduled to play Clemson and Notre Dame, who would be almost the two best choices of each. the most unusual season. The Jackets are one of six that will play both Tiger and Fighting Irish, though they take both home.
The jackets avoid North Carolina, a team likely to top the Top 25 preseason with returnee Sam Howell returning, and Virginia Tech, which was 8-5 last season and returned a list of experience. If the season is played, it will be the first time the jackets have not played Tar Heels since 1979.
With Sagarin’s average rating of opponents at the end of last season, Boston College has the toughest schedule 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 is second with 49.8. The remaining 13 were collected between 55.8 and 61.5. The technique is fifth in 56.4.
The schedule has certainly been made easier by not having Georgia in it.
“I’ll miss you,” Anderson said. “I’m sure that”