Check out the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (7-4) vs. Georgia Tech (7-4) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, November 25
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Network: SEC Network
Bowl and Conference Implications
Both teams are bowl eligible. This game has no real bearing on either one’s bowl status.
What’s Going To Happen?
As always when dealing with Georgia Tech, it’s this simple – can the defense stop the run?
Does Georgia have the linebackers who can be disciplined on the outside, and is the thump there in the interior to hold up against Yellow Jacket power, when it’s there?
There was an issue against Louisiana-Lafayette’s ground game last week – giving up a season-high 276 yards with way too many big dashes, but for the most part this year, the Bulldogs have been a rock on the defensive front seven.
Georgia hasn’t always been consistent offensively, but it’s on a three-game winning streak thanks to the defense that stopped Auburn’s depleted offense to a dead stop, and halted a dangerous Kentucky offense with plenty of explosion.
The Bulldog O doesn’t have to be explosive, and it doesn’t need to take a whole slew of chances, but it needs to grind out drives and own third downs.
Georgia Tech’s D can’t come up with enough stops – third down conversions are its Achilles’ heel.
Considering the offensive style, Georgia Tech doesn’t own the clock as much as you might think, but the offense is humming at a high level over the last several games, winning four of the last five games with the running game rolling for over 300 yards in three straight games before having a few problems last week against Virginia controlling the game – but it was a win.
QB Justin Thomas missed the Virginia Tech game, and was stuffed last week against the Cavaliers. Marcus Marshall picked up the slack with his second straight 120+ yard game, but against the Bulldogs, Thomas has to be fantastic.
He’s been an effective passer this season, but he’ll have to get moving on the outside and he’ll have to be far, far better than he was in last year’s 13-7 loss – he was stopped for -3 yards on just nine carries.
It’ll be a tight, tough defensive battle with each team having some decent offensive moments, but it’ll be Georgia that survives on just enough balance, and a few key field goals, to survive. The defense will do its part by bending, but not breaking in the second half.
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech Prediction
Georgia 26, Georgia Tech 20
Georgia -4, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 2
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 3