By Don Stone, Georgia Tech Express
The Yellow Jackets(2-5, 2-4 ACC) host Pitt (2-6, 1-6 ACC) for a Saturday night game that will be televised on Fox Sports South.
Saturday is the date for the annual Iron Bowl in Alabama. About the time Bama and Auburn will be finishing, Georgia Tech and Duke will have a rust bowl of sorts of their own as both teams try to get rid of the rust of no games for three weeks.
For the Yellow Jackets, its been building since Halloween. Since losing to #2 Notre Dame 31-13 on October 31, GT followed a bye week with a pair of games with Pitt and Miami postponed due to Covid 19 concerns.
For this week’s opponent, Duke, its also been three weeks, since November 7, when they last saw the field of play…a stinging 56-24 loss to North Carolina.
They were scheduled to play at Wake Forest last Saturday. That game was canceled due to positive cases in the Deacons program. It wasn’t able to be rescheduled.
“We just decided that it was in the best interest of Duke football just to go ahead and let the game not be played,” Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe said.
The first time those two rivals haven’t played since 1966.
When both Tech and Duke had those last games stopped, Cutcliffe thought about moving their game up to the open date last week. “My thought was `Why don’t we make hay while the sun shines?’” Cutcliffe said. But no one bit.
So, they square off this Saturday night as originally planned seeing who can shake off the rust the soonest and who is still remembering the last time they played with a bad loss lingering.
Three weeks is a long time to have games like that hang around, especially for a couple of teams that have struggled to find a way all season.
Which team is able to to that, move on and find their groove could be the one that winds up on top.