Fans of Georgia Tech will have to wait an extra year for the next matchup with an iconic college football program.
As part of a flurry of scheduling news that involves a handful of FBS programs, Tech has confirmed that its 2019 game against Notre Dame has been pushed back to the 2020 season. That game will be played Nov. 14 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
The Yellow Jackets’ future games with the Irish, as part of that football independent’s scheduling agreement with the ACC, will remain unchanged — 2021 in South Bend, 2024 in Atlanta.
As we have noted previously, Tech also moved up a future home-and-home with USF. That series, originally scheduled for 2021-22, has been moved up to 2018 in Tampa and 2019 in Atlanta.
Additionally, Tech has reached an agreement for a one-off game with Bowling Green for Sept. 29, 2018.
And, finally, per the release, “the 2018 game between Georgia Tech and Tulane has been cancelled and the status of the 2019 Tech-Tulane contest is to be determined.” Tulane did the cancelling of the 2018 game, and will be obligated, per the agreement signed by both schools, to pay Tech $300,000.
Tulane is willing to eat that buyout because it will play Ohio State that season in a game that will net the athletic department in excess of $1 million.
Scheduling weekend at CFT continues, with news of an addition and tweaks to one AAC member’s future slates.
On the addition front, USF confirmed that they will play San Jose State in a rare home-and-home series that’s not off in the distant future. The first game will be played next season, Sept. 8, Spartan, and will conclude with the Spartans making the return trip to Tampa Sept. 12, 2020.
The 2017 game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two football programs. It’ll also mark just the second game for the Bulls in the state of California.
USF had previously announced a home-and-home series with Georgia Tech for the 2021-22 seasons; now, that series has been moved up to 2018 in Tampa and 2019 in Atlanta.
Finally, a 2017 game against Northern Illinois has been pushed back to the 2025 season. The two teams will play the front-end of a home-and-home this coming season.
Add up all of the tweaks and addition, and USF’s non-conference schedule is now complete through the 2020 season.
The Big 12, Pac-12 and, this season, the Big Ten will all play a nine-game league schedule this season. Whether the ACC joins them at some point in the future remains to be determined.
Earlier this week it was reported that ESPN had gained scheduling concessions from the ACC in exchange for a conference network set to launch in 2019. As part of those concessions, the ACC has to determine whether it wants to play eight conference games and two non-conference games against Power Five teams each season, or nine conference games plus one Power Five non-conference game.
Friday morning, ACC commissioner John Swofford and the conference’s 14 athletic directors participated in a conference call to discuss the scheduling issue, with the potential existing for a vote on the preference moving forward. Instead, the league has tabled the talk for the moment.
“ACC athletic directors remained deadlocked Friday on the league’s future football scheduling model and delayed resolution, perhaps until October’s annual fall meeting,” David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press wrote.
Before concessions were made to ESPN in order to acquire their own network, it’s believed the conference’s athletic directors were 8-6 in favor of an eight-game slate. A nine-game schedule would allow for teams to play those in the other division more often, and there seems to be a growing sentiment in favor of that tack.
According to Teel, however, “[s]chools with annual state rivalries against Southeastern Conference opponents – Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville – advocate 8-plus-2.” North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia are among those who favor the 9-plus-1 model.
Back in February, four other teams had, per Bovada.lv, better odds to win the 2016 College Football Playoff than LSU. Six months later, and less than a month before the start of a new season, the Tigers lag behind just one.
Currently, Alabama, 7/1 in February, is listed as Bovada‘s favorite at 6/1. Right behind them is SEC West rival LSU at 7/1 and 2016 playoff runnerup Clemson at 17/2.
Ohio State, Bovada‘s wagering favorite earlier this year, has seen its odds grow longer at 9/1. Those are the same odds hated rival Michigan (15/2 in February) is getting from the gambling website.
Houston (66/1) and Boise State (150/1) are the only Group of Five teams listed. BYU (250/1) as a football independent (for now?) is also included.
Below are the updated odds for the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
For the second time in three months, A Big Ten school has filled its opening at athletic director at the expense of an ACC member.
Purdue confirmed Tuesday morning that it has hired Mike Bobinski as the new head of its athletic department. Bobinski served in the same capacity at Georgia Tech the past three years.
A press conference will be held Tuesday afternoon to officially introduce Bobinski.
“While I regret that Mike is leaving us, I appreciate his tremendous efforts the last three years to forge a unified, strategic direction for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and to energize our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” GT president G.P. “Bud” Peterson said in a statement. “He has led with integrity, and we wish him the best.”
In addition to Tech, Bobinski has served as the athletic director at Xavier and Akron. Bobinski replaces Morgan Burke, who announced in February he will step down no later than the end of his contract on June 30, 2017.