Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate: Can Tech Do The Unthinkable?
Clean, Old Fashioned Hate has become a running joke since Mark Richt arrived in Athens. Richt is 12-1 vs the Yellow Jackets, and ironically the lone loss came at the hands of one of the most talented Bulldog teams in recent memory. Granted, Willie Martinez was the defensive coordinator at the time of that loss, but Georgia has no business losing to Georgia Tech ever again. This season’s matchup will prove to be the most evenly matched game (on paper) in Mark Richt’s tenure.
Paul Johnson might have bought himself another year with his 9-2 record, and possible Coastal Division Title. The only thing that would sweeten this deal more, is a win over the hated Dawgs in route to a top 10 ranking. Tech has excelled running the football yet again, and QB Justin Thomas throws just well enough to make defenses pay for stacking the box. Thomas is no Josh Nesbitt, but he is a very smart runner, who Georgia will have to account for on every play.
Players To Watch
- Justin Thomas: 1,396 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 827 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns
- Zack Laskey: 608 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns
- Synjyn Days: 592 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns
- DeAndre Smelter: 32 receptions, 671 yards, 7 touchdowns
Mark Richt owns this rivalry. He has the mental edge in this game, like Florida has over him in the Cocktail Party. Georgia has the better team. When Georgia plays to their potential, there are very few teams that can stay on the field with them for four quarters. Not having Todd Gurley will be tough going forward, but Georgia has had to win without him before, and I believe they will continue that trend on November 29th.
Players To Watch
- Nick Chubb (Duh): 152 carriers, 1039 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Hutson Mason: 1638 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 3 interceptions (37 carriers, 15 yards, 4 touchdowns)
- Georgia’s Rush Defense: 151.7 rush yards per game (inflated due to Florida debacle)
UGA 34 GaTech 24
We could see 15 total passes in this game because both teams are so good at running the football. I believe whichever team has success passing the ball on 3rd down will win this game, and I give the nod to Hutson Mason. Mason has improved week to week, and has become the perfect game manager for Georgia. Nick Chubb should go over 100 yards for the 7th time (6th this weekend vs CSU), and the very athletic front seven for Georgia should control the Tech attack with ease. Game will come down to the fourth quarter, but as long as the young Georgia defense plays assignment football, they should put the game away with ease.