Despite the trend to fill a team’s schedule with divisional school opponents, Georgia Tech has taken the high road. The Yellow Jackets of 2009 feature a respectable out of conference schedule that could be the deciding factor in where they play a bowl game this year.
The first game of their season on Sept. 5 against Jacksonville State will be the easiest of their non-conference opponents. The Gamecocks feature a dangerous Ryan Perrilloux who is recovering from the LSU fallout but otherwise offer no significant threat to the Jackets.
Mississippi State will be rebuilding this year after a rough 4-8 record in 2008. The Bulldogs are a tough team to beat at home though as their last seven wins have come in Davis Wade Stadium.
On Halloween the Jackets will travel to Vanderbilt to take on a Commodore team that is on the rise after winning their first five games last year. Although Tech probably has a higher talent level, Vandy has the potential to steal a win especially at home in front of a great fan base.
One of the biggest games in the ACC/SEC rivalry is no doubt Georgia Tech vs. Georgia. Last year the Jackets ran the ball down the Dawgs throat in route to a 45-42 win in Athens. Georgia Tech has home field in 2009 which will be a big advantage as they try to take two in a row from their biggest rival.
Georgia Tech has their work cut out for them as they play three tough SEC defenses with two of them road games. The rushing attack will be key as they look to control the time of possession and slow the momentum in big game situations.
If the Yellow Jackets can survive without dropping a game in their out of conference schedule they will have an impressive resume come selection time.