Georgia Tech to Open 2016 Season vs. ACC Opponent?

By Kevin Kelley -

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 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.

  1. Josh
    April 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Disappointing if this is the case. Was looking forward to possibly making the trip to Boston in 2016.

    • David
      April 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Just think of Ireland as “Old Boston”? True, Dublin’s a bit more of a drive — ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boat’.
      Really though, it’s amusing to see the Atlantic Coast Conference take the Atlantic part of their name seriously. And BC’s stadium isn’t exactly a thrill. It’s too bad BC doesn’t play a game or two down the road at Foxboro. Unlike UMass, they might actually fill Gillette up for a game, particularly if they’d play UConn out-of-conference.

    • bwburke94
      April 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      BC did play a game in Foxboro last season, but UMass was technically the home team.

  2. JackStriker
    April 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    And attendance was 30,000 for that game

  3. Kyle
    April 16, 2015 at 4:43 am

    What is the point of these games on Ireland? Seems like a huge travel cost and I don’t see the benefits.

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