Georgia Tech has recently announced its homecoming game for the 2011 season.
In a break from perceived usual, unofficial homecoming tradition -- that most schools prefer to play a "cupcake" or beatable non-conference opponent -- the Yellow Jackets have scheduled one of their oldest rivals, giving the game a more must-win feel than normal.
Tech associate athletic director Wayne Hogan confirmed Thursday night that Tech has made Oct. 29, the Clemson game, homecoming for this season.
When Tech and Clemson last met at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Scott Blair (left) kicked a game-winning field goal and threw a touchdown pass to Demaryius "Bay Bay" Thomas on a fake field goal. Before last October's loss, the Jackets had won the last four meetings. Photo Credit: Life.com
Last season, the Tigers beat the Yellow Jackets in upstate South Carolina 27-13. It was the widest margin of victory in the series in six meetings.
With a 49-25-2 all-time series lead, Tech has a real stranglehold on the rivalry that dates back to 1898. While the teams and their fan bases have grown a serious dislike for one another throughout that history, it has only gotten even richer and deeper in recent seasons.
Two years ago, the Jackets beat Clemson two times after shutting down the Tigers at home during a Thursday night, nationally-televised, early-season game. Then, in the ACC championship in Tampa, Fla., Tech squeaked by with a 39-34 win that propelled it into the Orange Bowl.
Whenever the teams meet in either Atlanta or Clemson, S.C., a packed house is a given. Considering the Jackets will be celebrating homecoming this fall when Clemson comes calling, Bobby Dodd Stadium could see its first true sellout in quite some time.
The Oct. 29 game comes after the Jackets would have had a two-game road trip to Virginia and Miami in the two preceding weeks. Following the Clemson meeting, Tech has an off week before hosting Virginia Tech at home on the next Thursday night.
Tech's Sept. 24 game against North Carolina also has been announced as Family Day.