Georgia Tech last opened the college football season against an ACC opponent in 2012 when they traveled to take on Virginia Tech on Labor Day.
A season-opening conference game could be in the works again for the Yellow Jackets in 2016 according to a document obtained by FBSchedules.com via an open records request.
Back in 2013, Georgia Tech announced the addition of the Mercer Bears to their 2016 football schedule. The game was set for Sept. 3, 2016, which would be the season-opener for the two schools.
But earlier this month, Georgia Tech and Mercer finalized a new contract that supersedes and cancels the previous one. Mercer will now visit Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta one week later on Sept. 10, 2016. Mercer will still receive a $300,000 guarantee for the game.
That change leaves the first week of the season open for Georgia Tech and could mean the conference requested the move to set up an opening weekend ACC matchup.
ACC games for Georgia Tech in 2016 include home matchups vs. Duke, Miami (FL), Virginia, and Clemson and trips to North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Boston College.
Of those eight schools, three currently do not have a game announced for opening weekend: Boston College, Duke, and Miami.
Georgia Tech also has non-conference games scheduled in 2016 at home against Vanderbilt (Sept. 17) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 19) and a game at Georgia (Nov. 26).
Update (1:18pm ET)
Per a report late last year, Georgia Tech is rumored to be facing Boston College in Ireland to open the 2016 season. That would, of course, explain the move of the Mercer game from Week 1 to Week 2.