Georgia Tech started the year with four straight victories, climbing to 13th in the AP Poll. Two losses to ranked rivals Tennessee and Auburn knocked them out of the polls. After racking up three more wins, they traveled to Notre Dame and almost pulled off an upset over the #1 team in the country, as the Fighting Irish needed a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Yellow Jackets. The close loss actually brought Georgia Tech back into the polls, at 16th. After defeating rival Georgia, they were invited to the 1970 Sun Bowl, where they defeated Texas Tech, 17–9.