Georgia vs. Georgia Tech preview: the two 7-4 programs match-up in the latest edition of "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" Between the Hedges.
Saturday, Nov. 26, the Georgia Bulldogs host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The game, to be played at Sanford Stadium, is slated for a 12:00 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Georgia vs. Georgia Tech preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Georgia has a 62.5-percent chance to win the matchup between the two teams. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.
Spread: Georgia -4
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Channel: SEC Network
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech preview:
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate has been an extremely one-sided rivalry, with the Bulldogs beating their Atlanta-based counterparts in 13 of their last 15 meetings, and owning a 65-40-5 all-time series lead. The recent games have been extremely close, however, with the two rivals splitting overtime games in 2013 and 2014, and Georgia winning the 2015 edition of the game 13-7.
This year's game has a new wrinkle as well, with Kirby Smart coaching his first game against Georgia Tech as Georgia's head coach. Mark Richt's staff rarely had trouble swallowing up Paul Johnson's spread option attack. It is unclear if Smart's will have the same success.
Georgia's season has ebbed-and-flowed with the success of freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. The former five-star player has had some success as starter, and has shown off the talent that made him a prized recruit, but his 6.61 yards per attempt number is extremely pedestrian. On paper, the Dawgs have a dynamic backfield combination of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, but neither has exploded this year.
Tech has rebounded from last season's disastrous 3-9 record, and look more like the standard Johnson teams that we've come to know from most of his GT tenure. The option offense is led by Justin Thomas, who has 1,840 total yards and 13 combined touchdowns this year. Six different Yellow Jackets have rushed for at least 200 yards and eight have run for touchdowns.
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech prediction:
Both of these teams are 7-4, they are just seven spots apart in ESPN's FPI rankings, and six apart in Football Study Hall's S&P rankings. The spread indicates that Georgia would be a one-point favorite on a neutral field. These are two very closely matched teams.
Georgia is likely the more talented bunch, but we'll go with a mild upset for the Rambling Wreck here. The option offense can be extremely difficult for new teams and coaching staffs, and while the veteran players on Georgia have seen it a few times, it is fair to assume there will be a bit of an adjustment for the UGA staff.
Georgia Tech 21, Georgia 17