The pick here: Tech 24, Georgia 20

butkeruga

This happened when last they met in Athens. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

This is one of those years — and there aren’t many such years — when the difference in talent between Georgia and Georgia Tech is the width of a pond, as opposed to a lake or a gulf. Given that the Bulldogs are working under a new coach and have suffered more than the usual palpitations, this year’s game offers the Yellow Jackets a better chance to win than they’ve had since 2009.

Right about here, you’re saying: Didn’t the Yellow Jackets lose to Georgia in 2009? Yes they did. But that was an upset. And Tech’s only two victories over Georgia since 2000 — the furious rally from a 16-point halftime deficit in 2008 and the overtime victory after the Bulldogs took the lead with 17 seconds remaining in regulation in 2014 — were likewise upsets.

Late-breaking (good) news: YES! The Braves make a place for Walter Banks at SunTrust Park!

The checkers are rarely equal in this series, and they’re not quite equal now. Georgia still has more good players. But the Jackets have a clear idea of what they’re doing, having done it for nine years. On offense, the Bulldogs do different stuff every week, and sometimes they don’t do much at all. When in doubt, which is often, Jim Chaney orders up a gadget play — sometimes on Kirby Smart’s say-so, we emphasize — and not many have proved availing.

Neither team has had the season it hoped. Each is 7-4. Both went 4-4 in tepid divisions. (Though the SEC East is worse than the ACC Coastal.) Georgia’s best out-of-conference win was over North Carolina, which beat Tech by 28 points. Tech’s best out-of-conference win was a 31-point demolition of Vandy, which beat Georgia in Athens.

Tech has the better offense, though it hasn’t been unfailingly irresistible. Georgia has the better defense, though it just yielded 276 yards rushing to Louisiana-Lafayette. (Fun fact: Both Tech and Georgia have had games in which the offense managed only eight first downs. Difference is, Tech won its game.)

Each notched its best victory at the same time on the same day: Tech upset No. 14 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg; Georgia took down No. 9 Auburn at Sanford Stadium. Of the two, Tech’s was the more impressive. Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway didn’t play and Sean White came in hurting and got hurt more. Georgia held the Tigers to zero second-half first downs but didn’t take a lasting lead until the fourth quarter. Working without Justin Thomas, Tech led the Hokies 20-nil at halftime.

As much as I hate flip-flopping on a pick — even though this pick was made many months ago — I have no hesitation here. Georgia has already proved it can lose to worse teams than Tech, whereas Tech hasn’t lost to anybody that hasn’t won seven games. And not all 7-4 seasons are created equal: The Jackets have outscored their opponents by 33 points; the Bulldogs haven’t outscored their opponents at all. Tech will outscore Georgia 24-20.

Further reading: We’ve seen signs of growth from UGA’s Smart.

Still further: Coaching stuff — Herman to Texas, Jimbo to LSU, and who to FSU?

Further still: Tech’s defense — yes, the defense — saves the day.

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RogerG
RogerG

Funny thing that is true about nearly everyone on here, none of us graduated from UGA, lol!! Go Jackets!!

Dawson Holley
Dawson Holley

This article makes stupid points about their best wins and crap actually this whole article is crap nothing gives any reason to believe tech will win

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@Dawson Holley The article wasn't stupid at all was it genius?? Tech won and runs this state..

SaulK
SaulK

This is a rebuilding year for kirby---mark left little top talent for him to work with. It will take 3-4 years to get all his players to compete with top SEC teams like alabama.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@SaulK 

How long will it take him to compete with lower-rated ACC teams like GT?

Mulk
Mulk

@DawgNole


Or, lower rated SEC teams like Vandy or Kentucky?

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Richt skunked Tech 13 out of 15 - then he went to Miami and skunked them again this year at home. Kirby continues the tradition of spanking the bees. Chubb runs wild and Eason bombs the Tech secondary. Dawgs by 21.

GT71
GT71

Well, that's it.  If that lummox picks us, we are well and truly....jinxed.  Thanks, MB.  The ugahs win.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@GT71 

So that'll be your latest excuse--"Bradley picked us!"?

TideDawg
TideDawg

"We Beat Georgia" Whoopie!! That happens about every 5 years. Just think, TO, if Tech wins this Sat. it will be 5 years before it happens again. The game is a toss up so it could happen.

TOJacket
TOJacket

TideDawg I think is all dawg, he just puts the "Tide"crap so none of the Bama posters abuse him...pretender.

GTroller
GTroller

@TideDawg
It won't be 5 more years with Kirby driving the bus.  More like next year or year after.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Lets see here....The top two teams from the ACC coastal both lost to teams from the East. Yet somehow the coastal is stronger? Laughable. What happens on the field matters most idiots.

TOJacket
TOJacket

It's to complicated for a middle schooler...loser boy.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

"TOO" complicated, dipwad.

It's that damn phone of yours again, right--just keeps on making you look like a dumba*s.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Once again tech fans talking the talk but never walking the walk.

Are you all forgetting how bad the tech D is? UNC absolutely lit them up and so will UGA. Eason, Sony, Nauta, and Chubb will have huge days. The UGA D is far better than Tech's and we will stop them. They will not stop us.

GT71
GT71

'Eason, Sony, Nauta, and Chubb' - Sounds like some sort of slimy law firm.  Maybe ambulance-chasers on a good day.  See ya after the game.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@twelveofthirteen only if our OC opens up the playbook.  And as far as Ive seen there aint much to that playbook

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@FlatTire 

You MIGHT have an argument for 2012 (I don't remember the stats), but in all the other games, and especially in 2009, the mutt defense didn't stop us.  You didn't stop us last year, at least no more than any other team had; all those games were lost on defense.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I thought that guy was supposed to be good...heck him and Steak Shapiro ought to have a restaurant show?

CoronaGT
CoronaGT

I believe we had over 420 yards of offense in the 2012 game but we could only put 10 points on the board. GA didn't have much more in terms of yards but we couldn't keep them out of the end zone.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@twelveofthirteen The dogs will score at least 10 points. You are right..Problem is the Jackets have scored over

30 points in seven of their 11 games.. The dogs have only scored over 30 points TWICE. Where is old

Herschel when you need him???? Jackets roll..


Ald420
Ald420

Oh no! Mark, why did you have to pick my Jackets?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Scary huh....I'd say he is afraid his SEC Least dawgs might lose and knows Tech players read on a regular basis...not just learn after getting in UGA?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

"Might" lose??? 

Waffling now, are you--after saying they WILL lose?

SuperFreak
SuperFreak

Feeling better about UGA's chances now that Bradley has picked Tech.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Bradley is delusional, maybe it is the Trump Triumph.  Tech only wins if they can pull the Jasper Sanks non fumble, fumble scam again. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Is Jasper back in Clark Co. jail again?

TOJacket
TOJacket

I know if we win we won't hear anything from you Rafe...but that's what mutts do.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GT71 

You expect accuracy out of one of the blogs' most ignorant posters?

Don't hold your breath on that one. He's bad and gettin' worse.

Classof98
Classof98

I look forward to all the comments from Tech fans on Sunday morning about US News & World Report university rankings and calculus classes the Tech athletes(sic) have to take.  hahahaha

TOJacket
TOJacket

I look forward to the continuing days, weeks,months, years and decades of the dawgs being the biggest under achievers in CFB.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

We have underachieved to the tune of 13 of 15 vs Tech. Far better than clemson or FSU or any other ACC team has done.

Hahaha we own you and it continues this Saturday in Athens.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

Again, how does it feel deep down inside to be DOMINATED 13-2 by the "biggest underachievers" in CFB?

Well?!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket 

You might want to try that yourself--as many words as you routinely butcher.

Mulk
Mulk

@DawgNole


Doesn't feel good. You should know - see Gators. That is exactly how it feels. No, it has to be much worse. They are representing the least in Atlanta.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@Mulk @DawgNole @Mulk, remember the

dogs did dominate Nicholls. Oh no, they were

supposed to dominate.. What a joke in Clarke

County..

RogerG
RogerG

Damn a dog fan that can read!