Georgia Tech is hoping to redeem the honor of the ACC with a victory against Tennessee in the second Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Monday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But should the Yellow Jackets do it, it won’t come without controversy.
At least that’s what Tennessee Volunteers coach Butch Jones might say. He already is suggesting the Yellow Jackets have gained an unfair advantage by practicing on the field at the new stadium.
“They already have an advantage on us because we were told that they were inside the dome practicing with full pads for a 2-hour practice [Tuesday],” Jones said, according to The Associated Press via College Football Talk. “They got a phone call. We’ll have to make the most of our walkthrough on Sunday when we get there, and I know our players are looking forward to it.”
While the Yellow Jackets practicing on the field and the Volunteers not is a little unfair, it should be expected given how close Georgia Tech is to downtown Atlanta. It almost should have been expected well before the game was scheduled.
Furthermore, the advantage is likely minimal at best. It’s a brand-new stadium, so unless the Yellow Jackets have learned how to pump sound only when Tennessee has the ball, there’s little gamesmanship to be had, especially with weather and the sun not figuring to be a factor.