Georgia Tech is favored in its home opener, the first game at Bobby Dodd Stadium for coach Geoff Collins since he was hired in December to replace Paul Johnson.
South Florida is coming off a 49-0 loss at Wisconsin on Aug. 30 in its season opener. The Bulls gained only nine first downs and punted eight times. Wisconsin outgained South Florida 435 yards to 157.
Tech’s season also began with a loss by a large margin, 38 points in a 52-14 loss to No. 1 Clemson. Tech allowed 632 yards of offense while gaining 294. The Yellow Jackets were bitten by two turnovers inside the Tech 20 that led to 14 Clemson points.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta
Television: ACC Network will televise the game. Wes Durham will handle play-by-play. Roddy Jones is the analyst and Eric Wood is the sideline reporter.
Streaming: The game is available online at WatchESPN.com.
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 133/193.
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5 things you may want to know:
> Tech lost to South Florida 49-38 last season in Tampa in the first game between the schools.
> Tech coach Geoff Collins faced South Florida twice while Collins was head coach at Temple. Temple lost 43-7 in Tampa in 2017 and won 27-17 in Philadelphia last year.
> Tech’s record in home openers is 95-25-4. The Yellow Jackets have won 20 of their past 21 such games. The last time Tech lost was in the 2006 season opener against Notre Dame, when the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 2 in the country in the AP media poll.
> South Florida is Tech’s first FBS opponent for a home opener since the loss to Notre Dame in 2006. Tech’s opponents since that game: (in order) Samford, Jacksonville State, Jacksonville State, South Carolina State, Western Carolina, Presbyterian, Elon, Wofford, Alcorn State, Mercer, Jacksonville State and Alcorn State.
> This is the first of Tech’s four nonconference games. The others are The Citadel (Sept. 14), at Temple (Sept. 28) and Georgia (Nov. 30).
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