Rivalry weekend has arrived, and for most, it’s the most important game of the year. Bragging rights until next season are hanging in the balance, and there’s no other week like it in college football. For the state of Georgia, the clashing of these two teams is bigger than bragging rights; it’s more like life or death. Maybe even bigger. Georgia Tech will take on the Bulldogs of UGA on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM on ABC.
The first game played between Georgia Tech and Georgia was played on November 4, 1893. Georgia Tech won the match by a score of 28-6. The last meeting was November 24, 2012, and Georgia won by a score of 42-10. UGA currently holds a 4-game winning streak, and leads the series 61-39. The last victory by Tech in the series was in 2008, when they rallied back after being down at halftime to win 45-42.
Running backs Roddy Jones and Jon Dwyer had career days on the ground, which helped them pull off the upset. Georgia Tech has won 4 national titles (1917, 1928, 1952, 1990), while Georgia has only won 2 (1942, 1980). The history of this rivalry dates as far back as World War I. UGA didn’t like the fact that Tech maintained a football program while the country was at war, while UGA suspended their program during 1917 and 1918. There has been bad blood between the two teams ever since. Needless to say, this matchup is a big deal.
For both teams, the season has been riddled with injuries and costly mistakes on the field, leading to losses that could have easily been avoided. This Saturday, we’ll see which 7-4 team has made the most adjustments and will come out swinging.
Georgia will be playing without their starting QB Aaron Murray, who is out with a torn ACL. The timing of his injury couldn’t be any worse, as Todd Gurley and Murray are a team in the backfield. Gurley will certainly have to work extra hard against a solid Georgia Tech run defense.
On the Tech side of the ball, turnovers have been the Achilles Heel for them all season. Although Georgia hasn’t done a great job on capitalizing on the mistakes of their opponents this season, there’s no doubt in my mind that they will find every way possible to not only force turnovers, but score points off of them as well in this game. Vad Lee and the Yellow Jacket offense have to play a solid, turnover-free game if they expect to win.
In this game, I’m anxious to see how well Georgia, who has had a problem stopping the run this season, will handle the likes of David Sims, Robert Godhigh and Zach Laskey, who have gained the bulk of Georgia Tech’s rushing yards this season. It’s not like Georgia Tech’s offense is a secret, but it seems as if no one has an answer for it. They’re currently ranked 5th in the nation in rushing, a very important stat for Georgia to be aware of.
I’m also anxious to see how Georgia Tech’s secondary will show up against a receiving core that has done very well under the leadership of Aaron Murray. If there was ever a time for them to show that they can properly defend the pass, this would be the game to do so. Because both teams have had such up-and-down seasons, this game is bound to be one for the books.
“What’s the good word?”
“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!”
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