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It’s rivalry week in college football and the city of Atlanta will host one of the best match-ups. The Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) will take a ride up I-20 to visit Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-5) with a little more incentive to win this year’s contest than previous seasons.
The Bulldogs come in with a great chance to make the College Football Playoffs with a win on Saturday and another win in the SEC Championship Game in which they already have a bid to play in. A win by the Yellow Jackets would make them bowl eligible for the 20th time in the past 21 seasons.
Georgia Tech will unleash its pair of 1,000 yards runners and its famous triple option rushing attack. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall is tied for third in the nation with 17 rushing touchdowns and has ran for 1,074 yards. Running back Kirvonte Benson has 1,009 rushing yards and six touchdowns. As a team, the Yellow Jackets are fourth in the nation averaging 319.3 yards per game on the ground.
The Bulldogs come in with a pretty lethal combo themselves. Running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have combined for 1,863 yards and 24 touchdowns. The team ranks 10th in rushing with 267.4 rushing yards per game.
Both teams are pretty vanilla in the passing game. Georgia Tech’s offense is not really predicated on throwing the ball, ranked second to last in the nation with 88.9 passing yards per game. The Bulldogs starting freshman quarterback Jake Fromm is ranked 113th in the nation averaging 164.0 yards through the air.
Which defense can stop the other teams ground attack? Georgia has a smothering defense which is fifth in rushing yards allowed (105.6 per game) and fifth in total yards allowed (276.1 yards per game). Tech allows 144.3 rushing yards per game (41st) and 198.3 passing yards per game (34th).
This rivalry is heated filled with years of animosity and bitterness. This game is for bragging rights as the top team in the state of Georgia should be filled with entertainment and a lot of rushing yards.
-The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs in last year’s matchup 28-27 in Athens.
-In fact Georgia Tech has won two of the last three meetings, both wins coming on the UGA home field.
-Georgia and Georgia Tech have played each other 106 times overall with the Bulldogs leading the overall matchup 61-40-5.