Georgia Tech and the Atlantic Coast Conference are in talks to move the Yellow Jackets' game against Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech to the Monday night of Labor Day weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Both schools would need to agree to make the move to a September 3 kickoff, replicating the ACC's former Labor Day match-up between Florida State and Miami. Last year the Hurricanes played at Maryland on Labor Day, a game lacking the traditional luster of a big-time ACC match-up. The winner of the Georgia Tech / Virginia Tech game has represented the Coastal Division in the last seven ACC Championship games.
The Jackets usually schedule non-conference and/or FCS teams to open their schedule with, and already have a Sept. 8 game with Middle Tennessee State scheduled. Both Miami and Maryland had a bye week following this past season's Labor Day game.
The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta will feature two ACC teams the same weekend - Clemson (facing Auburn) and NC State (against Tennessee) - and would complicate any kind of move by the conference to establish a permanent Labor Day game between to two conference foes. Making such a move would ostensibly eliminate those schools from consideration for the Kickoff, which features national publicity and a bowl-like payout for each school.
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