Kevin C. Cox
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are looking at opponents such as the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Georgia State Panthers for future games.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are trying to bring some more name-brand opponents to Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Penn St. Nittany Lions and the Georgia St. Panthers are two teams that could appear on the Yellow Jackets schedule in future years, according to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The main reason that Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich is trying so hard to get more name-brand opponents is because the home schedule in even years has been weak. Single game ticket sales range from 3,000-6,000 and season ticket sales reducing years they don't play the Clemson Tigers, Virginia Tech Hokies and Georgia Bulldogs at home.
The talks with Penn State and other opponents such as the Northwestern Wildcats, Vanderbilt Commodores and the Purdue Boilermakers will most likely not yield a matchup until the end of the decade. However, the Yellow Jackets are looking for an non-conference opponent hopefully for a home and home series in 2013 and 2014 when the ACC schedule will be eight games long, and the Panthers could be that opponent. Associate athletic director Ryan Bamford believes that it would benefit both schools.