Georgia Tech has had a pair of games affected by Hurricane Irma. The storm, which went up Florida’s west coast over the weekend before making its way up to Atlanta yesterday forced the cancellation of this weekend’s game at UCF and changed the date of next month’s game against Miami. With Spectrum Stadium playing host to the National Guard responding to the storm, the school elected to cancel the football game. Additionally, many of UCF’s players evacuated campus in advance of the storm, meaning the team may not be able to fully reconvene in time to prepare for the game. Relocation and rescheduling were discussed but no easy solution presented itself.
In the immediate wake of the cancellation there were rumors that Tech had approached Georgia Southern about a game in Atlanta this weekend, but planning a game on such short notice would have been a stretch to say the least. Something slightly more plausible, if still unlikely, is the possibility of playing Indiana on October 7th. FIU and Indiana cancelled their game this weekend but the Hoosiers’ athletic department is working to find an opponent for their October bye week. Again, very, very unlikely that Tech would give up a bye week in the middle of conference season to travel to Indiana, but maybe something to keep an eye on?
Tech’s scheduled Thursday night game against Miami was moved to the following Saturday (October 14th) to accommodate the rescheduling of this weekend’s Miami - Florida State tilt. That rivalry game was moved to October 7th, which would have left the Hurricanes with just four rest days before the scheduled game against the Yellow Jackets, a violation of the ACC’s Thursday night scheduling rules. Assuming Tech doesn’t schedule a game in the bye week, the Yellow Jackets will now have a full two weeks to prepare for the Hurricanes.
One last Hurricane related note: the cancellation of the UCF shouldn’t harm Georgia Tech’s bowl chances much, if at all. Though the NCAA does not have specific rules regarding bowl eligibility for teams that do not play full seasons, teams that finish 5-6 can apply for a waiver from the NCAA for bowl eligibility. Should the season take a turn for the worse and the Yellow Jackets find themselves in such a situation, I think it’s fairly likely their waiver would be accepted. Tech was awarded a similar bowl waiver in 2012, when they finished under 0.500 due to a loss in the ACC Championship Game. I’m not sure if it would factor into this decision, but Tech’s APR score is in pretty good shape, so the Jackets may have had a shot at qualifying for a bowl even if they had finished 5-7.
- TaQuon Marshall’s passing line Saturday was pretty unique. He was just the fourth FBS quarterback since 2000 to throw 3 touchdown passes on 7 attempts or less.
- September 23rd’s game against Pittsburgh has been scheduled for 12:20 pm. It will air on ACC Network.