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Jackets announce 2009 football schedule
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2009 Georgia Tech Football Schedule

Date       Opponent                 Site           Time         TV

Sept. 5   Jacksonville State      ATLANTA     TBA         TBA

Sept. 10 (Thur.) Clemson         ATLANTA     TBA        ESPN

Sept. 17 (Thur.) Miami     Miami Gardens, Fla. TBA      ESPN

Sept. 26  North Carolina          ATLANTA      TBA        TBA

Oct. 3     Mississippi State Starkville, Miss.   TBA        TBA

Oct. 10    Florida State     Tallahassee, Fla.  TBA        TBA

Oct. 17    Virginia Tech     ATLANTA           TBA         TBA

Oct. 24    Virginia          Charlottesville, Va.  TBA        TBA

Oct. 31    Vanderbilt        Nashville, Tenn.    TBA        TBA

Nov. 7     Wake Forest    ATLANTA              TBA       TBA

Nov. 14   Duke              Durham, N.C.         TBA       TBA

Nov. 28   Georgia           ATLANTA              TBA       TBA

ATLANTA — Coming off its best season in eight years, Georgia Tech unveiled a football schedule that includes eight bowl teams from 2008, three contests against Southeastern Conference schools and two nationally televised games on Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets will open the 2009 season Sept. 5 against Jacksonville State, the first of a six-game home slate that also includes Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and the traditional regular-season finale against Georgia on Nov. 28.

This past season, Georgia Tech snapped a seven-year losing streak to its state rival and finished 9-4 under new coach Paul Johnson. Despite a loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Yellow Jackets posted their best record since 2000.

In addition to facing the Bulldogs, Georgia Tech has road games against two other SEC schools, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. The remainder of the road schedule includes Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Miami, Florida State, Virginia and Duke.

“With 11 BCS opponents, including eight which played in bowl games last year, our schedule will be extremely challenging,” Johnson said Thursday. “At the same time, it’s a schedule our players and fans should be really excited about. The home schedule includes a number of big-time games and many of our road games are within driving distance for our fans.”

The Thursday night games will be played back to back: at home against Clemson on Sept. 10, followed by the trip to Miami’s Dolphin Stadium on Sept. 17. This will be the 17th consecutive season that Georgia Tech has played in the weeknight game televised by ESPN.

The Yellow Jackets will play six road games for the first time since 2003 and two regular-season games in the state of Florida for the first time ever.

The most difficult stretch comes in October, when Georgia Tech has four of five games on the road. The lone home game that month is against two-time defending ACC champion Virginia Tech on Oct. 17.

The only open date on the schedule is Nov. 21, a week before the Yellow Jackets face Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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