For Tech, the implications are unclear, as football college plans to play a season due to the coronavirus pandemic are knocked out at first glance, daily. The SEC’s decision received more attention on Wednesday night, after the ACC seemed to have taken on the value of the SEC, approving its 10-game schedule model plus one non-conference game. The format has left room for four league teams with rivals in the SEC – Clemson (South Carolina), Florida (Florida), Louisville (Kentucky) and Tech – to continue their series this year.
But the SEC, which seems to have topped the conference schedule long before the ACC maneuver.
7;s certainly disappointing for our athletes, coaches and fans that we won’t have an annual football match with Georgia this year, I also understand and respect the SEC’s decision,” said Athletic Technical Director Todd Stansbury. in the statement. “We hope to end the fight against the enemy in the near future by the 2020 season, and we very much look forward to meeting Georgia in 2021.”
“I am disappointed that our players will not be able to play in our national rivalry game this season, but I respect the SEC’s decision,” coach Jeff Collins said in a statement.
Of course, it is possible that the season will not play at all. Plans drawn up at conferences are nothing more than plans. The season may well be canceled in the coming weeks if teams begin pre-season practice and realize that the pandemic cannot be prevented from spreading to campuses, locker rooms and practice fields.
Tech has two other home games without a conference scheduled for next season – Central Florida and Gardner Webb. Jackets could decide to play any game or either cancel or try to move another game to another year when the previous version could be expensive.
Of the 10 planned games against ACC opponents, including Notre Dame, which will play as a full member of the league this year, Tech may choose a less competitive opponent in FCS Gardner-Webb. (The Knights finished 10-3 last season and became a pre-season opponent in the Top 25.)
Or perhaps Stansbury and Collins could try to get out of both the UCF and Gardner-Webb games and play an opponent in a state such as Georgia, Georgia, Mercer or Kennesau. Or the ACC could follow the SEC’s leadership and choose not to play non-conference games, although Stansbury’s statement said there was no such intention.
Jared Benko, whose team has a short game like Ole Miss played, is waiting for the Sun Belt conference to decide how it will structure its season.
“I would like to play Georgia Tech and Georgia every year,” Benko told AJC. “Especially Georgia Tech, being in Atlanta since we last played there (2016), we had a huge crowd. We have a lot of fans there. We think it will be a great game. “
As for the 10 ACC games Tech will play, the strength of the Jackets conference schedule is tighter than most, as both Clemson and Notre Dame are scheduled to play in the jackets, which will be almost anyone’s best choice to win the ACC in this. The most unusual season. Jackets is one of six that will play both the Tigers and the Irish, although they are both at home.
The jackets avoid North Carolina, probably the pre-season Top 25 team, which returns with defenders Sam Howell, and Virginia Tech, which was 8-5 last season and returns an experienced roster. If the season is played out, it will be the first time that the Jackets have not played on cakes since 1979.
According to the average rating of Sagarin’s opponents at the end of last season, Boston College has the most difficult schedule in the league. For 10 opponents of ASC Orlov, the average rating was 49.1, including Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Wake Forest is in second place at 49.8. The remaining 13 are between 55.8 and 61.5. Technology is fifth by 56.4.
The schedule is certainly easier if there is no Georgia on it.
“I’ll miss it,” Anderson said. “I’m sure it will.”