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January 23, 2014

Tech to host Clemson, Duke in ’14

Clemson and Duke headline eight bowl teams on Georgia Tech’s 2014 schedule, which was released by the school Wednesday.

Both the Tigers, the Orange Bowl champion, and Blue Devils, the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion, visit Atlanta and the Yellow Jackets will play five road games against bowl teams this past season.

“Even though you know what opponents you will play, it’s always an exciting time for the players, coaches and fans when the schedule is officially released,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a release.

 “It’s certainly a challenging schedule. Five of our six road games come against teams that played in bowl games last season and the home schedule is strong as well.”

That home slate will include a Sept. 13 visit from Georgia Southern, the first time the two in-state schools will meet. Southern, where Johnson coached previously, is making the transition from FCS to FBS. In five seasons in Statesboro, Johnson led the Eagles to a 62-10 record and the 1999 and 2000 Division I-AA national championships. Southern also finished as national runner-up in 1998.

Tech also hosts Wofford in the Aug. 30 season opener. The Jackets’ other two non-conference games will be a Sept. 6 trip to Tulane and a Nov. 29 visit to face rival Georgia.

In addition to Clemson (Nov. 15) and Duke (Oct. 11) coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium, Tech will also host Miami on Oct. 4 and Virginia on Nov. 1. Tech’s ACC road games are Sept. 20 at Virginia Tech, Oct. 18 at North Carolina, Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh and Nov. 8 at North Carolina State.

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