For Tech, the implications are unclear, as plans for alpine football to play the season through a coronavirus pandemic are protracted every day. The SEC’s decision received more attention on Wednesday night, when the ACC appears to have placed the burden on the SEC by approving its schedule for 10 games plus one non-conference game. The format left room for four teams of leagues SEC with national rivals – Clemson (South Carolina), Florida State (Florida), Louisville (Kentucky) and Tech – to continue their series this year.
However, the SEC secretariat, which seemed to be heading for the conference only long before the ACC maneuvered, decided to act.
“While it is certainly disappointing for our student athletes, coaches and fans that we will not have rival football matches with Georgia every year, I also understand and respect the SEC̵
7;s decision,” said Athletic Technical Director Todd Stansbury. “We hope to complete our non-conference opponent for the 2020 season in the near future and look forward to meeting Georgia again in 2021.”
“I am disappointed that our players will not have the opportunity to play our competitive game in the state this season, but they respect the SEC’s decision,” coach Geoff Collins said in a statement.
It is also possible that the season will not be played at all. The plans that conferences prepare are nothing more than plans. The season can be canceled in the coming weeks if teams start training for presumption and realize that a pandemic cannot be prevented from spreading on campuses and in locker rooms and training areas.
Tech is planning two more non-conference home conference games for the upcoming season – Central Florida and Gardner-Webb. Jackets could choose to play one game and either cancel or try to move another game to another year, with the first option being potentially expensive.
With 10 scheduled matches against ACC opponents, including Notre Dame, who will play as a full member of the league this year, Tech may opt for a less competitive opponent in FCS Gardner-Webb. (The Knights finished 10-3 last season and the character became a rival for the Top 25 in the preseason).
Or it is possible that Stansbury and Collins have decided to try out UCF and Gardner-Webb and play opponents such as Georgia, Georgia Southern, Mercer or Kennesaw. Or, the ACC could follow the leadership of the SEC and choose not to play non-conference games, although Stansbury’s statement does not indicate any such intention.
Georgia’s South AD Jared Benko, whose team is short, is set to play Ole Miss, awaiting a Sun Belt conference to decide how to structure his season.
“I would like to play Georgia Tech and Georgia every year,” Benko told AJC. “Georgia Tech in particular, since we were in Atlanta since we last played there (2016), we had a huge crowd. We have a lot of fans there. We think it would be a great game. “
As for the 10 ACC games that Tech will play, the conference power of the Jackets is tougher than most others, because the Jackets are scheduled for both Clemson and Notre Dame. the most unusual season. The jackets are one of six that will play Irish Tigers and Fighting Irish, although both will get home.
Jackets are avoiding North Carolina, presumably the preseason Top 25 team with quarterback Sam Howell returns, and Virginia Tech, who was 8-5 last season and returns an experienced roster. If the season is played, it will be the first time that jackets have not been played by Tar Heels since 1979.
According to the average of the opponent’s Sagarin rating at the end of last season, Boston College has the most difficult schedule in the league. An average of 10 Eagles opponents have an average rating of 49.1, including Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Wake Forest is second at 49.8. The remaining 13 are clustered between 55.8 and 61.5. Tech is fifth at 56.4.
The timetable will certainly be made easier by the fact that Georgia will not be on it.
“I’ll miss you,” Anderson said. “Certainly yes.”