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Oct 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) throws a pass against the Duke Blue Devils in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Auburn has played Georgia Tech more than any current non-conference opponent. Actually, the Tigers have played Georgia Tech more than anyone other than Georgia, partly because the Yellow Jackets were once a member of the SEC. The two schools have met on the gridiron 91 times in their past, and the Tigers hold a 47-41-4 record in the series.

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  • One reason Auburn and Georgia Tech have played so often is location. Auburn is only 111 miles from Tech’s campus in Atlanta, and it’s a straight shot on Interstate 85. It’s largely been a one-way trip, however because interestingly enough, only 13 games between the schools have been played at Jordan-Hare Stadium while 74 were hosted at Grant Field and Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

    In recent history, the Tigers and Jackets met for a home-and-home series in 2003 and 2005, which marked the only two games in the series since 1987. 1988 was the first year since 1943 that Auburn and Georgia Tech had not played.

    The most recent chapter in this history was unveiled just this week when former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said on the SEC Network that he vetoed an opportunity to continue the series because he did not want to face the triple option offense the Yellow Jackets currently run under their head coach Paul Johnson. Of course, since Chizik was fired following the 2012 season, that is no longer an issue.