South Bend, Indiana, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was easily the one Brigham Young Cougars road game that fans most want to attend. Sixty-two percent (62%) of poll voters selected this game over Boise State (16%), Utah (12%), Georgia Tech (7%), San Jose State (2%), and New Mexico State (1%).
This might sting for the folks at Notre Dame, but I am going to pick the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Notre Dame has the most mystique and tradition, but the deciding factor for me was that this may be the last chance I would get to see BYU play at Georgia Tech. Earlier this year, the 2014 and 2017 games between the two schools were cancelled, and who knows if the schools will ever meet again after 2013. BYU is scheduled to make three more trips to South Bend. The odds of Notre Dame canceling games in this series are unlikely since the Fighting Irish are also independents. However, even if Notre Dame does cancel a part of the six-game series, I don’t think they would cancel more than three games, which means another game would still be played in South Bend.
As for the tradition and mystique, the Yellow Jackets have their fair share. Georgia Tech plays in Boddy Dodd Stadium. It is the oldest stadium in the football bowl subdivision of college football. Georgia Tech has been playing there since 1905, and a stadium structure has been in place since 1913. Since that time, Georgia Tech has won four national championships. This is the site of the famed 222-0 game against Cumberland College in 1916. Tech’s coach that year was none other than John Heisman, the namesake of the most prestigious award in college football. The stadium’s namesake, Bobby Dodd, coached at Georgia Tech (1945-66), as well. His impact on the game was so great, that the Boddy Dodd Coach of the Year award was instituted in 1976. BYU head coach LaVell Edwards was the recipient of this award in 1979.
The stadium also provides a beautiful view of downtown Atlanta. It is conveniently located to make it easy to enhance the trip with some site seeing and tourist attractions, including Centennial Olympic Park.
Notre Dame might have a bigger stadium, and be a bigger name in college football, but this might be the last chance I would ever get to see BYU play in Atlanta at the home of the Georiga Tech Yellow Jackets. Home of great history, both football and American. Every other road game, BYU is scheduled to repeat (Notre Dame, Boise State, Utah), or they are against opponents that I really have no desire to see (San Jose State, New Mexico State). It would take something like being from one of those places, having served my mission there, or marrying a girl from there for one of those two games to move to the top of my list.
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