Georgia Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date and Time: Saturday, November 25, 2017, 12 p.m. ET
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Opening College Football Odds: Georgia -10
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech TV Coverage: ABC
Georgia Tech lost a game this year due to Hurricane Irma, and that might end up being the only thing that stands between it and a trip to a bowl game this year. The Yellow Jackets are just 5-5, and they really only have themselves to blame for the problems. They were beaten by 23 points by Duke last week as 6.5-point favorites, and that came on the heels of a loss to Virginia as 7.5-point chalks.
Perhaps we should have seen this regression coming from Paul Johnson's team. The Jackets kicked off the year at 6-0 ATS, and they're just 1-2-1 ATS since that point. Still, this is a team that has at least been close to the spread all season long save for that shocking loss to Duke by three touchdowns.
It's kind of stunning to see how it all broke down for the Ramblin' Wreck against Duke. They were up 14-3 and just got trucked from that point forward. Then again, when you're running the triple-option, it's devastating to not get positive yardage on first down, and that's the mistake G-Tech made time and time again. This isn't a team built to play in anything-and-long situations.
Georgia had a really nice retort to the 40-17 whooping at the hands of Auburn. The Dawgs came back and beat up Kentucky 42-13 in a game that easily could have gotten away from them with the loss in their rearview mirror and the game against Georgia Tech coming up.
Instead, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel got back to their ways, combining to run the ball 27 times for 238 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
When these two men are at their best, these Dawgs are really tough to beat. The only way it seems like Georgia can be held off is if it's forced to put the ball in the air. But if Jake Fromm is going to get the opportunity to go 9-for-14 again like he did against UK, Georgia Tech isn't going to have a shot.
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Many of these rivalry games are often incredibly close, and this series has been the epitome of that. This hasn't been a game that has had this much in the way of national recognition in quite some time, but the series itself has been phenomenal.
The road team has actually won four straight games in this series, and all four games have been decided by a single score. Games in 2013 and 2014 both went to overtime, and the games these last two seasons have come down to the final drive of the game.
Yet the important thing to know about the Yellow Jackets is that they have been forced to put the ball in the air a bit. In last year's win, they threw for 164 yards (more than Georgia) and rushed for 226 (fewer than Georgia). It was a bizarre game for sure, but it highlights just how crazy this series has been in recent years.
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Kirby Smart's defense is too good to fall into this trap. We're going to hear all week long how the Ramblin' Wreck could put up a huge fight to spoil their instate rivals.
But let's remember that this Georgia Tech team also lost to Tennessee in Week 1 of the season, and we see how well things have worked out in Knoxville this year. Simply put, the Yellow Jackets aren't good enough, and if they ultimately get forced to put the ball in the air once again this year as has been the case in most recent seasons, they're in a lot of trouble.
It's tough to lay 10-points at any of the best internet sportsbooks, but we don't see much of a choice.
College Football ATS Pick: Georgia -10 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 14