Watching the Georgia Tech season opener was a popular way to end Labor Day weekend.
The Yellow Jackets’ matchup against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game drew the third-highest overnight rating for a regular-season college football broadcast within the past calendar year on ESPN.
The double overtime affair drew a 3.3 overnight rating nationwide according to ESPN. The only two games with superior overnight ratings within the last year were Ohio State-Michigan State last year on Nov. 19 and Ohio State-Indiana this past Thursday.
The broadcast also drew a 12.8 rating in Atlanta, making it the fourth-highest rated market in the country.
Unfortunately, Georgia Tech lost the classic game, 42-41, in double overtime. Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson elected to go for a 2-point conversion at the end of the second extra session, which ended up costly them. Georgia Tech ran the ball down Tennessee’s throat all night, but the Volunteers came up with a big stop on the 2-point attempt to hold on and win by a point.
Georgia Tech will officially host its home opener this Saturday against Jacksonville State, who hasn’t played since Aug. 26. The Yellow Jackets possess just four days to prepare for the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State is the nation’s No. 5-ranked team in the FCS.