Both teams will have a lot on the line when the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets meet in a battle for Peach State bragging rights. Game time is set for noon EST on Saturday, November 25 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.
Oddsmakers list the Bulldogs as 11-point favorites with an over/under of 52 points. Click here for a full list of Week 13 betting odds and links to game previews.
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This is a must-win game for the Yellow Jackets. After suffering an embarrassing loss to Duke last week, Georgia Tech sits at 5-5. A win over Georgia will make the Yellow Jackets bowl eligible and give them one more game. But a loss will keep them from reaching a bowl game for the second time in the last three years.
Georgia, meanwhile, is in a different kind of must-win situation. The Bulldogs will be in the SEC Championship Game next week, and a win there could very well put them back into the top-4 of the College Football Playoff rankings. However, an SEC title may not be enough to make Georgia a top-4 team if they lose to Georgia Tech this week.
This yearly game between in-state rivals has the name Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, so things can get intense in this matchup. Historically, Georgia has the advantage in this rivalry. But the Yellow Jackets have won two of the last three seasons, so they will not be intimidated about facing a top-10 team.
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It’s tough to swallow this many points in a rivalry game, especially when both teams have so much at stake. But the Bulldogs have too much to lose while the Yellow Jackets have struggled down the stretch. On paper, Georgia should dominate this game, so I’ll take my chances that ends up being the case.
Typically, Georgia Tech games revolve around the opposing team stopping the triple-option. However, I’m more concerned about the play of Georgia Tech’s defense in recent weeks. The Yellow Jackets have lost three of their last four games, giving up 40 or more points to both Virginia and Duke in that span.
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Duke is one of the worst teams in the ACC this year, but last week the Yellow Jackets allowed them to score 43 points and rack up 500 yards of offense. Georgia Tech didn’t even win the time-of-possession battle, which is rare for them.
Georgia, meanwhile, bounced back nicely last week following their loss to Auburn. The Bulldogs went right back to running the ball with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel without having to ask too much from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. I expect more of the same from Georgia this week. After all, if Duke can run for over 300 yards against the Georgia Tech defense, imagine what the Bulldogs can do if they’re clicking on all cylinders.
Of course, stopping Georgia Tech’s triple-option remains a concern. The Bulldogs had a world of trouble with Auburn’s running game a couple weeks ago. The Georgia defense has the athletes to contain Georgia Tech’s offense, but they have to prove they have the discipline as well. If the Yellow Jackets get going offensively, they can control the tempo of the game and give themselves a chance to pull off the upset.
That being said, I have more faith right now in the Georgia defense than I do the Georgia Tech defense. The team that plays better defense is going to win this game. I expect the Bulldogs to do enough to take Georgia Tech out of their comfort zone, allowing them to win the game comfortably.