Yes, it’s still July, and we’re more than a month away from the start of the 2017 football season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for the upcoming season. To do that, we’ll have a series throughout the summer counting down to the season.
The series continues as we rank Georgia Tech’s opponents this season.
12. Sept. 9 Jacksonville State
Yes, the Gamecocks play at the FCS level, but they’re still really good.
11. Nov. 4 at Virginia
Bronco Mendenhall’s first season with the Cavaliers didn’t go exactly as planned (2-10) in 2016.
10. Nov. 18 at Duke
The Blue Devils took a step back to 4-8 in 2016 after some really solid seasons.
9. Sept. 16 at Central Florida
The Knights were only 6-7 in 2016, but they reached a bowl in Scott Frost’s first season as their head coach.
8. Oct. 21 Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons wrapped up their 7-6 season in 2016 with a rare bowl win.
7. Sept. 30 North Carolina
The Tar Heels should have a new look without Mitch (he will always be Mitch to me) Trubisky at quarterback.
6. Oct. 12 at Miami
Mark Richt’s first Hurricanes team was solid. Let’s see if Richt’s program is ready to take the next step.
5. Sept. 23 Pittsburgh
The Panthers caught some folks by surprise in 2016. They shouldn’t be a surprise this season. They’re really good and really well-coached.
4. Sept. 4. vs. Tennessee (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
This should be a terrific opener for the Yellow Jackets and Volunteers at the Atlanta Falcons’ new home.
3. Nov. 25 Georgia
The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets wrap up their seasons with their annual rivalry game (Georgia Tech has won two of the past three in the series).
2. Nov. 11 Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente is just getting started with the Hokies. An appearance in the ACC championship game in his first season as Virginia Tech’s head coach last year is a good place to start.
1. Oct. 28 at Clemson
The defending national champion Tigers lost a lot of talent. But they have a lot coming back, too.