Brent Key was impressive enough in his late-season cameo in 2022 to have the interim coaching tag removed at Georgia Tech. But there’s plenty more work ahead for Key to return the Yellow Jackets to contention in the near future. What can we expect this season?
Read on as we break down the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets future odds in our team preview.
|Odds to Win||Opening Odds||Current Odds|
|Regular Season Win Total||4.5 (o+120, u-140)||4.5 (o+110, u-130)|
|To Make Playoffs (if applicable)||N/A||N/A|
Rebuild Continues Under Key
Brent Key did an admirable job taking over for Geoff Collins midseason in 2022, going 4-4 down the stretch to lead his alma mater to its winningest season since 2018. The Yellow Jackets finished only 5-7 but were .500 in ACC play.
Key will try to build on that success in Year Two. Fixing an offense ranked 125th in scoring (17.2 PPG) will be a priority. Key — who played along the offensive line for the Yellow Jackets from 1997-00 — looked outside the program for help, bringing in Texas A&M transfer Haynes King to play quarterback. King, a graduate transfer, threw for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the Aggies. The Yellow Jackets also brought in some promising targets for King in Christian Leary (Alabama) and Chase Lane (Texas A&M).
Assuming the offense is better, the Yellow Jackets still have their work cut out. This is an extensive rebuild. The Yellow Jackets’ last bowl win was back in 2016, a 33-18 victory over Kentucky in the formerly named TaxSlayer Bowl. The Yellow Jackets returned to the postseason in 2018, qualifying for the Quick Lane Bowl after a seven-win season. However, their record since then is a woeful 14-32.
It certainly doesn’t help that the Yellow Jackets’ next-door neighbor, Georgia, has become the premier program in college football. The Yellow Jackets may be in for another long year.
National Championship Odds: Don’t Even Bother
Seriously. Don’t bother trying to cash in here, even at +50000. The Yellow Jackets have gone four straight years without a bowl. They last cracked the national polls in 2015. There’s no chance the Yellow Jackets will get anywhere close to a national championship this season.
A bowl appearance is the ceiling. But a national title? Again, no chance. The odds aren’t long enough.
Conference Odds: Longest of Longshots
Clemson has won seven of the last eight ACC titles, except 2021 (Pittsburgh). Florida State has captured its share, too, having won three straight titles from 2012-14. The Yellow Jackets’ last ACC title, 2009, was later vacated by the NCAA.
Clemson (+145) and Florida State (+150) are neck-and-neck favorites again, while Georgia Tech is the longest of longshots at +20000. And those odds have only doubled since the preseason. Need we say more?
Key did an impressive job after taking over midseason. But he’s not a miracle worker. The Yellow Jackets have practically no chance to climb the NCAAF standings and win the ACC in 2023-24.
Regular Season Wins: Tough Slate Could Prove Too Daunting
Georgia Tech is projected for 4.5 wins, fewer than last season but more than 2019-21. While it may be enticing to bet the Over given +110 odds, Georgia Tech faces an uphill battle. Why? Well, just look at the Yellow Jackets’ NCAA football schedule. Simply put, it’s difficult, if not impossible, in some spots.
The Yellow Jackets will be tested immediately, starting Sept. 1 against ACC counterpart Louisville in Georgia Atlanta. Louisville is currently an 8-point favorite (-110) and -305 on the moneyline, with Georgia Tech priced +245. After a brief respite the following week against FCS program South Carolina State, the Yellow Jackets visit No. 22 Ole Miss on Sept. 23. The Yellow Jackets also close the year against two-time defending NCAA champion Georgia on Nov. 25.
Georgia Tech also visits Miami (Oct. 7) and Clemson (Nov. 11). Sensing a theme? The margin for error here is slim. Keep that in mind when assessing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets future odds.
To Make Playoffs: Not Even a Consideration
Georgia Tech? In the College Football Playoff? Don’t count on it. The Yellow Jackets will be fortunate to even qualify for a bowl game, let alone make the CFP. Key continues to have a huge rebuild on his hands. It’s easy to understand why there’s no Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets future odds available in this market at the moment.