They were once known as “the rambling wrecks of Georgia Tech,” but this skillful squad of scholar-athletes no longer fits that old-time slogan. This team has been good for years and actually seems to be getting better.
Head Coach Paul Johnson, now in his eighth year, has assembled a team of players that have talent on both sides of the ball and have the drive and desire to win.
That may explain why the Yellow Jackets produced a very solid Won-Loss record of 11-3 in 2014. They play football as a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and toppled some tough competition last year to finish with a Conference record of 6-2.
That strong won-loss record placed them atop the Coastal Division and propelled them into the ACC Conference Championship Game against Florida State University. The Yellow Jackets lost that game, but it was a real nail-biter. The final score was Florida State 37 and Georgia Tech 35.
The team’s stellar play on the gridiron earned it an invitation to the prestigious Orange Bowl. The Yellow Jackets prevailed over Mississippi State University in the nationally-televised contest by a score of 49-34.
By every measure, Georgia Tech is now one of the top college football programs in America. Their 2015 Season started last week the way the 2014 Season ended, with a big win. The Yellow Jackets faced outmanned Alcorn State University in their home opener on Saturday, September 5th and destroyed the visitors by a score of 69-6.
There are more home wins in store for Georgia Tech. It has six more home games to play and will host Tulane University on September 12th, the University of North Carolina (UNC) on October 3rd, the University of Pittsburgh on October 17th and Virginia Tech on November 12th.
These are all winnable games, especially because they are scheduled to be played on Georgia Tech’s home field. There are two more home games that will provide the Yellow Jackets with tough challenges. They will have to host 12th ranked Florida State University on October 24th and the 10th ranked Georgia Bulldogs on November 28th. That is on Thanksgiving weekend and it is a rivalry game.
The Road Schedule features contests against two highly ranked teams as well as games against three other capable squads. Georgia Tech will travel to Indiana on September 19th to do battle with 9th ranked Notre Dame. On September 26th they’ll compete against Duke’s improving Blue Devils. A tough road contest awaits the Yellow Jackets when they visit 12th ranked Clemson on October 10th. Games against the University of Virginia on October 31st and Miami (Florida) on November 21st complete the road schedule.
Clearly, there are several tough games awaiting the Yellow Jackets in 2015. But this squad is as tough as any team it will play. It’s likely that Georgia Tech will entertain fans with its outstanding play.
This team should enjoy another big winning season.
Courtesy of USAtoday.com