Georgia Tech faces tough 2010 schedule

The 2010 schedule, which was released Thursday, almost is a reverse of last season's, with a tough October-November stretch against three ACC contenders: a road game at Clemson on Oct. 23, a Thursday night game at Virginia Tech on Nov. 4, followed by a home game against Miami on Nov. 13. Tech will finish the regular season at Georgia on Nov. 27. The conference championship game is Dec. 4 in Charlotte.

The Yellow Jackets went 11-3 and won the ACC championship last season with a schedule that opened with three games in 12 days, including back-to-back Thursday night games, at home against Clemson and at Miami, in weeks 2 and 3.

Tech will not host a Thursday night game this season for the first time since 2002. But this year's game against the Hokies will be one of four Thursday night affairs for the ACC.

The Jackets will play seven teams that played in a bowl game last season. Just one team, North Carolina, will have a bye week before playing the Jackets on a Saturday.

"I think it's an extremely challenging schedule, but one we are very much looking forward to," Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a statement given to the media. "Just within our division [the ACC Coastal] there are four teams that could be ranked in the preseason top 25."

Tech's non-conference schedule includes a road game against a rebuilding Kansas team Sept. 11 and a home game against Middle Tennessee State, which features dangerous quarterback Dwight Dasher, on Oct. 16.

The ACC schedule includes several interesting non-conference games, including North Carolina vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 4. Virginia Tech will play Boise State, who like the Hokies are also a national-championship contender, on Sept. 6 in Washington, D.C. Miami will play at Ohio State, and Florida State will be at Oklahoma on Sept. 11. Clemson is at Auburn on Sept. 18.

Highlights of the ACC schedule include Miami at Clemson on Oct. 2, FSU at Miami on Oct. 9, Clemson at FSU on Nov. 13 and Virginia Tech at Miami on Nov. 20.

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2010 Georgia Tech schedule

Sept. 4 vs. S.C. State

Sept. 11 at Kansas

Sept. 18 at North Carolina

Sept. 25 vs. N.C. State

Oct. 2 at Wake Forest

Oct. 9 vs. Virginia

Oct. 16 vs. Middle Tennessee State

Oct. 23 at Clemson

Nov. 4 (Thu.) at Virginia Tech*

Nov. 13 vs. Miami

Nov. 20 vs. Duke

Nov. 27 at Georgia

* Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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