It will be the first night time kickoff of the season and only the second out of five home games that won’t start in the noon hour. Last season also, the Yellow Jackets started five of their six home games between noon and 1 p.m. The pattern has raised complaints among fans, as the early kickoffs limit tailgating time.
The game will continue a different pattern that has favored the Jackets previously. The game is designated as its whiteout game, and Tech defeated Miami in two previous whiteout night games, in 2008 (the first-ever whiteout) and in 2014.