Florida State and Georgia Tech are traveling to Ireland in August to help kick off the 2024 college football season. One ESPN analyst sees the game as being a key to the postseason picture.

Greg McElroy has circled the Aer Lingus College Football Classic as a game with College Football Playoff implications.

“Florida State and Georgia Tech is a Playoff implication game, there’s no doubt about it,” McElroy said on the Always College Football podcast. “I mean, Florida State and Georgia Tech… Georgia Tech is dangerous. Mention the ACC, and I think Georgia Tech is in that contingent of teams that can beat anybody.”

The ESPN broadcaster acknowledged that others might not be thinking about Playoff spots when watching the Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets.

“That game has massive Playoff implications,” McElroy said. “People won’t necessarily phrase it that way because Florida State will probably be a heavy favorite going in, but that game is significant potentially as we fast-forward to the end of the year and evaluate the playoff picture.”

Georgia Tech is coming off a 7-6 season in 2023. The Yellow Jackets were 5-3 in ACC play while also suffering nonconference losses to Ole Miss, Bowling Green and Georgia. Brent Key’s team ended the year on a high note, defeating UCF 30-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl.

McElroy is a bit higher on the Yellow Jackets than others. ESPN’s preseason FPI has Georgia Tech ranked No. 54 overall, ahead of just 5 ACC teams (Boston College, Stanford, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia).

As McElroy mentioned, FSU will make many preseason Playoff lists. The Seminoles just missed making the 4-team field last season as undefeated ACC champions entering Selection Sunday with a 13-0 record. Mike Norvell’s squad was snubbed in favor of Alabama.

While Florida State has lost a notable amount of talent from the ’23 squad, Norvell and his staff continue to work the transfer portal to replace the departures with experienced production. FSU is the FPI’s preseason No. 11, ranked atop the ACC.