The Georgia Bulldogs (8-3, 5-3) will tack on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-8, 1-7) in the latest edition of their rivalry Saturday afternoon. Georgia has won eight of the last ten meetings in the series but Georgia Tech took a 30-24 overtime win on the road on November 29, 2014 in the most recent matchup between the schools.
Georgia won their third straight with a 23-17 overtime win over Georgia Southern at home last Saturday. Georgia Tech has dropped three straight and eight of nine with a 38-21 road loss to Miami (FL) last Saturday. The kickoff from Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia is scheduled for 12:00 pm ET and will be televised on ESPN2. Georgia is currently a 4 point favorite in this contest with the over/under set at 47.5 points.
Georgia had to struggle but managed to grind out the victory on Sony Michel’s 25 yard touchdown on the Bulldogs’ only play in overtime. The Bulldogs outgained the Eagles 313-277, won the first down battle 17-11 but lost the time of possession battle 32:32 to 27:28 in the contest. Georgia committed a pair of turnovers in the game, including a fumble that Georgia Southern took back for a touchdown in the contest, while forcing just one turnover in the game. The Bulldogs managed to do just enough to get the win.
The Bulldogs enter this game with a weakened offense as they are 104th in the nation in passing offense with an average of 183.7 yards per contest; Georgia stands 35th in the nation in rushing with 195.8 yards per game. Georgia is scoring 27.7 points per game, which is tied for 76th in the nation as far as scoring offense; the Bulldogs are 13th in the nation in scoring defense as they allow 17.8 points per contest. Greyson Lambert was the starter all season before the Florida game; he has hit 134 of 211 passes for 1,620 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Brice Ramsey (20 of 33, 247 yards, TD, 2 INT) and Faton Bauta (15 of 33, 154 yards, 4 INT) are in the mix as well. The Bulldogs miss Nick Chubb, who was hurt against Tennessee but still is second on the team with 92 carries for 747 yards and seven scores. With Chubb gone, Sony Michel (175 carries, team high 927 yards, 6 TD) and Keith Marshall (49 carries, 255 yards, 3 TD) are seeing more action in the run game. When Georgia does throw the ball, Malcolm Mitchell leads the team with 50 receptions for 710 yards and four scores. Terry Godwin (23 receptions, 267 yards, TD), Michel (22 catches out of the backfield) and Reggie Davis (12 grabs, 187 yards, TD) are secondary options in the passing game. Marshall Morgan has hit all 36 extra points and 15 of 21 field goal attempts with a long of 47 yards.
Georgia Tech led 7-0 against Miami (FL) but allowed the next 31 points and never recovered in the loss. The Yellow Jackets were outgained 386-373 but won the first down battle 19-15 and the time of possession battle 32:38 to 27:22 in the contest. Georgia Tech was hurt by four turnovers in the game as they didn’t force a turnover in the loss. One of the Yellow Jackets’ turnovers was a fumble that was run back for a touchdown as part of that 31 point Miami onslaught.
The Yellow Jackets are 124th in the nation in passing offense as they average 125.5 yards per game but they are 7th in rushing offense with an average of 261.8 yards per game. Georgia Tech puts up 31.3 points per game, which is tied for 59th in the nation in scoring offense; they are allowing 26.9 points per contest, which is currently 69th in the nation in scoring defense. Justin Thomas has struggled with his passing accuracy as he’s 69 of 162 for 1,263 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while running for 491 yards and six scores. Matthew Jordan (5 of 9, 94 yards, TD, INT, 164 rushing yards, 2 TD) is the backup quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. Patrick Skov is the team’s fourth leading rusher for the team with 88 carries for 363 yards and six scores while Marcus Marshall has 77 carries for a team high 609 yards and four scores. The Yellow Jackets average 5.3 yards per carry and have scored 30 rushing touchdowns. Ricky Jeune is one of three players with double digit receptions as he has 21 grabs for 480 yards and three scores while Micheal Summers adds 12 catches for 178 yards and three scores. Clinton Lynch (41 carries, 388 yards, 5 TD) has 10 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns; no other Yellow Jacket has more than seven receptions on the year. Harrison Butker has hit all 43 extra points and seven of 10 field goals this season with a long of 53 yards.
Georgia is 5-2 ATS in their last seven in November, 5-2 ATS in their last seven on the road and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the ACC. Georgia Tech is 1-6 ATS in their last seven after a straight up loss, 1-6 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss, 1-6 ATS in their last seven against teams with a winning record, 1-8 ATS in their last nine overall and 1-8 ATS in their last nine on grass.
The Yellow Jackets have struggled all season long as they haven’t played up to the level they had in the last couple of seasons. Georgia has bounced back after a rough stretch in the middle of the season as they’ve strung together three straight wins. The Bulldogs are playing better than the Yellow Jackets right now and that should lead them to the win here.