They played six more games 1979-84. With 52 meetings, Tech has played only four other teams more frequently. The two teams were to play in 2013-14, but the games were postponed and never scheduled.
“Obviously, Alabama is one of the most recognized and successful programs in college football,” Collins said in a statement. “It’s a program that I have a firsthand knowledge of, having spent a year with Coach Saban helping lay the foundation for the great success that they have had under his leadership. It will be exciting for our players to be able to play the Crimson Tide right here in Atlanta and over in Tuscaloosa.”
At least by 2020 standards, Tech’s schedules in 2030-31 could be unrivaled in difficulty, as the Jackets would likely play Georgia, Clemson and Alabama in those seasons along with two more non-conference games and its ACC slate. (Tech is not scheduled to play Notre Dame in 2029 and 2032.)
“We’re excited to announce the additions of Alabama and Georgia State to our future football schedules,” athletic director Todd Stansbury said in a statement. “In addition to being one of the nation’s top programs, Alabama is one of Georgia Tech’s oldest and most frequently played rivals, so we are very proud to renew the series for the first time in nearly half a century and allow new generations of fans to enjoy the excitement of the rivalry.”
The series with Georgia State will command local attention, an outcome that will likely please Collins as he seeks to stamp Tech as a team belonging to the city of Atlanta. The two schools have had discussions in the past about facing each other, including as recently as 2017 when Tech was in need of a 12th game after an in-season cancellation by Central Florida because of a hurricane, but nothing had ever come to fruition.
The game at Georgia State Stadium (Sept. 19, 2026, in the third week of the season) will be Tech’s first on the road against an current member of the Sun Belt Conference. In recent years, Tech has arranged games with three other in-state opponents other than Georgia — Georgia Southern in 2014 and 2016, Mercer in 2016 and Kennesaw State in 2021.
“It will be a lot of fun to square off in a neighborhood matchup and to give our fans another opportunity to come out and see the Yellow Jackets play right here in Atlanta,” Stansbury said.
For Georgia State, it continues the team’s strategy of playing power-conference opponents. The Panthers will play 10 games against ACC or SEC opponents between the 2020 and 2026 seasons – Alabama (2020), Auburn (2021), North Carolina (2021, 2022), South Carolina (2022), LSU (2023), Vanderbilt (2024, 2025) and Tech (2024, 2026).
Georgia State beat Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., this past season.