Georgia Tech will take the field for the first time with Geoff Collins as head coach. Clemson will take the field to open as defending national champions for the second time in three seasons.
Clemson enters the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll. Last season, the Tigers capped their fourth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff with a 44-16 victory against Alabama in the championship game.
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Collins arrived on the Flats to succeed Paul Johnson, who stepped aside (into retirement, at least for now) after 11 seasons. A former Tech graduate assistant, Collins was coach at Temple from 2017-18, compiling a 15-10 record. The Owls finished second in the American Athletic conference last season.
Tech enters the season featuring a revamped offense, moving from a “spread option” to a “spread pro-style.” Largely because of that change, Tech enters the season with low expectations from media members across the nation, and most other observers of college football. Much of those expectations come from the notion that Tech doesn’t have the personnel to run the new offense effectively. A game against No. 1 Clemson is a tough place to start the task of proving those observers wrong.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action:
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.
Television: ACC Network will televise the game. Dave O’Brien will handle play-by-play. Tim Hasselbeck is the analyst, and Katie George and Maria Taylor are the sideline reporters. This will be the first football game televised by the network, which launched Aug. 22. (The Georgia Tech alumni group has viewing parties across Atlanta and beyond. Check their listings.) Not all cable or satellite providers are carrying the new network, though.Streaming: The game is available online at WatchESPN.com. outside the Atlanta TV market.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on The Fan 680/93.7. Andy Demetra is handling play-by-play. Sean Bedford is the analyst, and Wiley Ballard is the sideline reporter.
Satellite radio: You can listen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 84/84.
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