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1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
National champion (Berryman, Sagarin)
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 21–14 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1956 record10–1 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachBobby Dodd (12th season)
CaptainWade Mitchell
George Volkert
Home stadiumGrant Field
(Capacity: 44,000)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Tennessee 6 0 0     10 1 0
#4 Georgia Tech 7 1 0     10 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     6 3 1
Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 3 0
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     5 5 0
Alabama 2 5 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 6 0     3 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by 12th-year head coach Bobby Dodd and played their home games at Grant Field in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech was the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference, but their hopes of reaching the Sugar Bowl were crushed when the Johnny Majors-led Tennessee Volunteers beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 0–6.[1] Georgia Tech cruised through the rest of their schedule and finished the regular season with the Tennessee game as their only blemish, finishing second in the SEC and ranked number 4 in the country in the final AP Poll. They accepted an invitation to the 1956 Gator Bowl, where they beat Pittsburgh, in a rematch of the 1956 Sugar Bowl, 21–14. This was the sixth straight season for Georgia Tech that ended with a bowl victory. The team was selected national champion by both Berryman and Sagarin (ELO-Chess).[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 22at KentuckyNo. 4NBCW 14–630,000
September 29at No. 5 SMU*No. 2W 9–746,000
October 13LSUNo. 3W 39–739,500
October 20AuburnNo. 3
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry)
W 28–740,000
October 27No. 15 TulanedaggerNo. 3
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia
W 40–040,000
November 3at Duke*No. 2W 7–038,000
November 10No. 3 TennesseeNo. 2
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry)
L 0–640,000
November 17AlabamaNo. 4
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia
W 27–038,500
November 24vs. No. 13 FloridaNo. 5W 28–037,000
December 1at GeorgiaNo. 4W 35–050,000
December 29vs. No. 13 Pittsburgh*No. 4
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl)
CBSW 21–1437,683
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Sources:[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Vols Post Upset: Bronson Goes Over for Tennessee--Passing of Majors Excels". New York Times: p. 225. November 11, 1956.
  2. 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. The National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 113. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2018/FBS.pdf. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. 2011 Georgia Tech Media Guide. p. 170.
  4. "1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results". https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/georgia-tech/1956-schedule.html.


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