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ACC Football Scheduling: Georgia Tech Hopes To Balance Rivalry Games

Georgia Tech officials reacted favorably to the ACC's new football and scheduling formats in the wake of expansion - Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the conference in the coming years, although when exactly is still unclear - but it seems the biggest issue with scheduling involves teams already belonging to the ACC.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tech officials expressed hope that lopsided rivalry scheduling could be addressed, so that ticket sales could be balanced out year to year:

Tech officials hope that the expansion will permit them to address having rivals Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia all at home in odd years and on the road in even years. The quirk has caused fluctuation in season ticket sales and revenues.

"If there’s a window of opportunity, I know that [athletic director Dan Radakovich] is going to want to jump on that," Tech associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said.

One note - with the addition of an extra conference game each season and their annual rivalry game against SEC foe Georgia, that leaves the Jackets with just two opponents available for non-conference play. In the AJC report, Hogan indicated the spots would be filled with one FCS opponent and one FBS opponent likely from a non-BCS conference. That logic would virtually eliminate Tech from considering a spot in the annual Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in the Georgia Dome, or any high-profile non-conference game.

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