The time has come for Georgia Football regular-season finale, “Clean-Old Fashioned Hate.” This season has gone by so fast that I remember writing the first prediction blog when the Dawgs played UT-Martin. At that point, I had no idea how long this would last. But it has lasted as long as the regular season, and I am grateful. I am also grateful for the readers who read some of my idiotic takes and opinions. So, thank you to all the readers of Dawn of The Dawg. I truly appreciate you reading our content. Ok, enough of the sappiness. Let’s talk about the game.
This rivalry was the marquee match-up for both teams for years. Reggie Ball is still remembered as the greatest Georgia (Tech) quarterback. For those too young to remember him, here is a clip showing how great a quarterback he was for the Dawgs. Those tough academic standards really paid off for Reggie!
Wasn’t Reggie the best? This rivalry has faded since 2009, and I hate that for Georgia. But here we are; the Dawgs are 24.5-point favorites in Atlanta. Nobody is giving Tech a chance; they have no shot.
During Thanksgiving lunch, I was trying to see a way where Tech could make the game close or even a tight ball game in the 4th quarter. The Dawgs would have to turnover the ball at least three times, and the Dawgs’ defense would just have to have a collapse.
Tech is definitely more functional than in the past, and Brent Key deserves credit for taking Tech in the right direction. But this game will be like the Vandy game. Tech’s defense is bad. There is no way to sugarcoat the truth.
Tech’s defense is 99th in third-down conversions, while Georgia is the top team on offense in third-down conversions. Tech is also 51st in passing defense, giving up 216 yards per game. You probably think, “Oh, boy, Carson Beck is going to have a field day!”
Can I tell you a little secret? Tech is one of the worst rushing defenses in the country. They are the 128th in rushing defense, giving up 224 yards per game. How many teams are in the FBS, you ask? There are only 130 teams in the FBS.
Mike Bobo loves to run the ball, and so does Kirby Smart. The Dawgs should wear leather helmets and run the Wing-T Saturday night. Expect Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton to have a big day. They will both rush for over 100 yards.
Tech’s offense is not that bad. Although they are 30th overall in total offense, they average about 30 points per game at home. Furthermore, Tech is 25th on third-down conversions. So, I would not be surprised if the streak of opening-drive touchdowns continues for the Dawgs defense. But I suspect the Dawg’s defense to put a stop to the Tech offense.
I do not suspect the Dawgs just to dismantle the Jackets. One reason is that Kirby Smart likes Brent Key, and he won’t run up the score any more than he wants.
Also, given that we have a massive game against Bama next week, I suspect starters will be pulled early. I would suspect the players who are probable not to play this game—for example, Tate Ratledge and Julian Humphery.
With all that information I just presented, I have a hard time thinking the Dawgs will score 40, given that Kirby will want to run the ball. But I have been picking Georgia to score 40 all year, so I’ll do it again. The Dawgs win 40-14.
My hope for this game is an easy Dawg victory and no injuries. Please, no more injuries! Make sure to check the blog out after the game, as we will have an instant reaction to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game and the rest of the College Football slate Saturday night.