We are fast approaching the start of the 2020 season. In order to prepare, we wanted to take a look at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish schedule and perform a quick breakdown of each opponent. Next up, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Three Things to Know About Georgia Tech
Geoff Collins Year 2
The program is entering Year 2 of the Geoff Collins’ regime. After turning in a 7-6 record in 2018, Paul Johnson stepped down as head coach. In an effort to jumpstart the program, administration pursued an up and coming talent in the coaching world, Geoff Collins. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, Collins served as the defensive coordinator at Florida, Mississippi State, FIU, and Western Carolina. He served as the head coach at Temple during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, compiling a 15-10 record.
Collins completely scraped the triple option offense that Johnson ran and brought in a pro-style offense. Unsurprisingly, the team only managed a 3-9 record during his initial campaign. Collins is trying to produce on-field results with many players that simply do not fit his scheme. In fact, he made it a goal in the offseason for every player to gain 10 pounds in an effort to help hasten the transition.
With only one full recruiting cycle under Collins, Georgia Tech will continue to attempt to fit round pegs into square holes on both sides of the ball during the upcoming season.
Though many pundits are not expecting big things from the Yellow Jackets, Notre Dame still catches Georgia Tech at the end of a tough portion of their schedule. Prior to facing Notre Dame, Georgia Tech must face Louisville (at home), Clemson (at home), and Boston College (away). There is a very good chance the Yellow Jackets will be riding a lengthy losing streak entering the game.
As a side note, the game between the teams was moved from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Georgia Tech’s home field, Bobby Dodd Stadium. This will mark the first time since 2006 that Notre Dame will play Georgia Tech at their home stadium.
One reason the Yellow Jackets could be dangerous by the time Notre Dame faces them is due to the amount of returning production on both sides of the ball. The team returns 74% of its offensive production from the 2019 season and 94% of its defensive production from the 2019 season. Overall, the team returns the most production of any team currently scheduled to play a fall season in 2020 (Northwestern previously held the #1 ranking). By the time Notre Dame faces Georgia Tech, many of these players will have had the benefit of playing 1.5 seasons together in the same scheme. Although the players may not be the most talented, continuity certainly counts for something. If the Irish become preoccupied with Clemson the following week, Georgia Tech could be dangerous enough to pull an upset.