The Florida State Seminoles open up the toughest stretch of their season with home games against Miami and Louisville. The very next week after the matchup against Louisville, FSU must travel to Atlanta to take on the current Vegas favorite to win the Coastal Division of the ACC, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, an opponent that Florida State has rarely played during the regular season in the recent past. Here is a look at how FSU matches up with Georgia Tech in history, a look back at the most recent matchup, and what factors for the Yellow Jackets could influence the game one way or the other.
Although the Jackets and Seminoles have not met in the regular season since 2009, there is a fairly storied past between the two teams with Florida State holding the all-time series lead 14-9-1. The Ramblin' Wreck won seven of the first eight games between the teams with the other game a 14-14 tie. However, FSU has dominated the series since then, winning 12 consecutive games against the Jackets from 1992-2003 by a combined 414-153 margin. Jimbo Fisher has never faced Georgia Tech in the regular season but has a pair of wins over the Yellow Jackets in the 2012 and 2014 ACC Championship Games.
Most recent matchup
In the 2014 ACC Championship, with the inaugural College Football Playoff on the line for Florida State, the Seminoles dispatched the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets behind one of Jameis Winston's better performances of the 2014 season, completing 21 of 30 passes for 309 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
In the first half, the teams went back and forth exchanging blows with neither team holding a lead larger than seven points. At halftime, FSU led 28-21. In the second half, both defenses woke up and began to make stops. Florida State's run defense, which the Jackets exploited for over 200 yards on the ground in the first half, toughened up and limited the triple-option attack to 117 rushing yards in the second half. The Seminoles used a balanced offense that featured a heavy dose of Dalvin Cook, who racked up 177 yards on 31 carries, giving the Jackets a taste of their own medicine. The 37-35 win moved Florida State to 13-0 and all but clinched their spot in the ill-fated College Football Playoff.
Georgia Tech season preview
Bill Connelly released his season preview for Georgia Tech today and although the whole thing is worth a read, here are a few important highlights.
Justin Thomas at QB should be even better this year
The front seven will need to see improvement
This matchup against a Georgia Tech team that returns a lot of their defensive starters from last season as well as their dangerous quarterback who has demonstrated that he is capable of running the triple option and throwing the ball fairly successfully is not one to be taken lightly. Georgia Tech has won the last two regular season games with FSU and will likely enter this one with a somewhat decent chance to win again. Regardless of whether or not they win against the Seminoles, Georgia Tech has even better odds of returning to the ACC Championship for the third time in four years.