COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH GAME NOTES
GEORGIA TECH NOTES (SPORTS INFORMATION)
Georgia Tech opens its revamped 2020 schedule on Saturday when it makes the short trip to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Atlantic Coast Conference foe Florida State. • Saturday marks the first game of head coach Geoff Collins’ second season at Georgia Tech. • Thanks in large part to having the nation’s second-smallest senior class a season ago (8), Georgia Tech returns one of college football’s most experienced rosters in 2020. Most notably, the Yellow Jackets return 96% of their rushing yards, 89% of their passing yards, 87% of their receiving yards, 93% of their touchdowns, 84% of their tackles, 84% of their tackles for loss, 86% of their sacks and 94% of their takeaways from last season. • According to a formula developed by ESPN, the Jackets return 84% of their total production from 2019, which is tied for No. 1 in the nation. According to the same formula, Tech returns 94% of its defensive production, good for No. 2 nationally. • Although Georgia Tech doesn’t recognize starters, the Yellow Jackets return 17 players that were on the field for the majority of the first offensive/defensive snaps last season — nine on offense and eight on defense. • With the start of the season being pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Georgia Tech is playing its latest season opener since it opened the 1992 season on Sept. 12 versus Western Carolina. • Saturday’s game is Georgia Tech’s first versus Florida State since the Jackets’ memorable “Miracle on Techwood Drive” 22-16 win over the No. 9 Seminoles on Oct. 24, 2015.
FLORIDA STATE NOTES (Sports Information)
Florida State opens its 2020 season Saturday by hosting Georgia Tech. Originally, the Seminoles were scheduled to participate in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium against West Virginia on Sept. 5. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC abandoned divisions for the 2020 season and moved to a 10+1 scheduling model featuring 10 conference opponents and one non-conference opponent. » The new schedule added Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia and Duke to FSU’s slate and, due to other conference’s scheduling decisions, FSU added Jacksonville State as its non-conference opponent. » Head coach Mike Norvell, hired as Florida State’s 11th full-time head coach on Dec. 8, 2019, begins his FSU career at home against ACC foe Georgia Tech. He is the second FSU head coach to begin his career against an ACC opponent and the eighth to coach his first game for the Seminoles in Tallahassee. » Mike Norvell is 4-0 in season openers as a head coach, outscoring opponents 153-70. » Florida State is 30-9 (.769) all-time when opening the season at home, including an 18-3 (.857) mark since 1975. » The Seminoles are opening their season in Tallahassee three years in a row for the first time since five straight season openers at home from 2008-12. The only other times FSU has played at least three straight season openers in Tallahassee are 1947-51, 1954-62 and 1981-84. » Mike Norvell and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley are the only two individuals to have coached a 1,000-yard receiver each of the last seven seasons (2013-19) as a head coach, offensive coordinator and/or receivers coach. » The Seminoles’ 2020 coaching staff has 182 years of collegiate coaching experience, and FSU’s 10 full-time assistant coaches have combined for 50 seasons as a collegiate coordinator or head coach. » Last season, Florida State played in a bowl for the 38th time in the last 40 seasons. Over that span, the Seminoles lead the country in seasons with a postseason appearance, ranking ahead of Michigan which has appeared in the postseason 37 times since 1980.