Georgia Tech on Monday announced that it had agreed to a four-year deal with Brigham Young to play the Cougars in a pair of home-and-home series beginning in 2012.
Starting that year, BYU will come to Atlanta, before alternating the next three seasons between there and the Cougars' home, Provo, Utah. The addition of the non-conference game solidifies all of Georgia Tech's non-conference obligations through 2012. Minus one non-conference game still to be scheduled in 2013, the Yellow Jackets have their season schedules set through 2015.
That also means, chances are slim the Yellow Jackets will be partaking in the season-opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in the next few seasons. The 2012 season appeared to be a target for both the Atlanta Sports Council and Georgia Tech, but it seems the two sides may not have been able to make the game work that year. That still leaves 2013 as a possibility, and seasons past 2015 as possibiilities, as well.
"The addition of Brigham Young to our future football schedules helps ensure that Georgia Tech will continue to play quality non-conference opponents," Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a news release. "With its strong tradition and history, BYU is a good fit for us."
The teams have played twice before, with the Yellow Jackets winning the first meeting (2002) at Bobby Dodd Stadium 28-19. The next year, they opened the season on a Thursday night in Utah with a 24-13 loss.
The BYU addition also means the Yellow Jackets will play a home game during their unbalanced "even" seasons where their home gates are typically lower than in odd years. Georgia Tech is currently on a cycle where some of its bigger games and biggest rivalries (Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech) all occur at home during odd-numbered years. Which means, when they play those teams on the road in even years -- like 2010 -- the revenue at the gate tends to be less profitable. So it was important that the Yellow Jackets set up a non-conference series that afforded them the chance to play at home during the even-numbered seasons.
The BYU news wasn't the only scheduling news of the day. The Yellow Jackets also announced that their long-postponed series with Alabama would be renewed in 2019. For now, the deal is for two years; 2019 and 2020.
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