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#145 Georgia Tech vs.
#146 Georgia
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Dave Kovaleski

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The No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs host their state rival, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday. The Bulldogs are a perfect 11-0 and 8-0 in the SEC, while the Yellow Jackets are 5-6 on the season and 4-4 in the ACC. Georgia has won 4 straight against the Yellow Jackets and they have all been blowouts, including a 45-0 win last season. Georgia is favored by 35 points in this one. Can the Bulldogs take care of business and cover?

Georgia gets past Kentucky

The Georgia Bulldogs have gotten accustomed to blowing teams this season out so when they actually play a close game with someone, it is noteworthy. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs had their hands full with the Kentucky Wildcats, holding on for a 16-6 win. Georgia was a 22.5-point favorite over a Wildcats team that has been in the top 25 for most of the year, but only recently fell out. The win kept Georgia perfect at 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC and allowed them to retain their No. 1 ranking in the country. It wasn't pretty, but it was a cold and windy day, so that may have had some impact.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 16-0 lead and that held until the fourth quarter when Kentucky scored on a Will Levis touchdown pass to Barion Brown. But the two-point attempt failed and that was the end of the scoring. It was a fairly tight game as Georgia had the edge in yards 363 to 295 and first downs 19 to 17. They made 6 of 12 third-down conversions and that made a huge difference. Kenny McIntosh led the Bulldogs with 143 yards rushing and a touchdown, but Georgia didn't do a whole lot on offense. Stetson Bennett was a perfunctory 13 of 19 for 116 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. The Bulldogs rank 11th in scoring with 38.4 points per game and 1st in points against, giving up only 11 points per game.

 

Yellow Jackets get big win over UNC

It has been a very up-and-down year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, as their 5-6 record overall and 4-4 record in the ACC would indicate. With one game left in the regular season, they need a win to become bowl-eligible with six wins and playing against the No. 1 team in the nation -- that is an extreme longshot. They have been playing better down the stretch, though, winning two of their last three games. Three weeks ago they beat Virginia Tech 28-27 and then after a loss to Miami, they scored a 21-17 win at North Carolina last Saturday as a 21 point underdog. It was their best win of the season.  The win was so sweet because Georgia Tech was on the road and they erased a 17-0 deficit to score 21 unanswered points to beat the No. 13 ranked Tar Heels.

"I don't think there was anyone in the locker room that could tell you that it was 17-0," interim coach Brent Key said, reported ESPN. "That is who this team is. Regardless of the score, adversity and what takes place in a game, they take it one play at a time."

They held the high-scoring Heels, who average 38 points per game, to just 17 points and 365 total yards, well short of their 493 total yard average. Jackets quarterback Zach Gibson had a solid game, going 13 for 18 for 174 yards with 0 touchdowns or picks. Backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh came on late to eat up clock and he ran for 44 yards and a touchdown, the game-winner. Hassan Hall added 47 yards and a touchdown. Georgia Tech only averages 17.5 points per game, which ranks 123rd. They give up 27.6 points per game, which ranks 83rd -- but the defense was dialed in last Saturday.

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Georgia comes into this game having played maybe their worst game of the season while Georgia Tech comes in with the confidence of having played their best game of the season, beating No. 13 ranked UNC. It just feels like this could be a classic trap game for Georgia as they look ahead to the final week of the season when they face LSU for the SEC title. They won't want to get banged up in a game they know they will win, so they may just take their foot off the gas enough to let Tech cover the spread. This is Georgia tech's final game, they will be fired up to end on a strong note, and if they played defense like they did last week against high-flying UNC, they'll cover. Take Georgia Tech getting the points.

Prediction: Georgia Tech +36

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Georgia has the best defense in the country, and they only allow 11 points per game. Georgia Tech has one of the worst scoring offenses in college football, averaging 17.5 points per game, which ranks 123rd in the nation. I do not see the Yellow Jackets hitting double digits. They may not get more than a field goal or two. But they played excellent defense last week and held the Tar Heels to 17 points at UNC and just 165 total yards. I think Georgia gets a big lead and sits on the ball, trying to keep everyone healthy, knowing they have bigger fish to fry down the road. They'll win this easily, but it falls short of the total. The under is 7-4 for Georgia Tech and 7-3-1 for Georgia this season. Take the under.

Prediction: Under 49
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