It is time for some Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate this week as the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
By Steve Wright
Here at the three keys:
Be ready for something different
The Yellow Jackets no longer run the triple-option. This might be news for those who don’t keep tabs on the rivals, but their cut blocking and power running scheme has been replaced by something a little more modern after a coaching change.
Long term this is probably good news for Tech. Short term, however, it is a problem as you have players recruited to play triple-option football trying to fit into a scheme that likes to employ spread principles and four/five WR sets. The Yellow Jackets are 3-8 for a reason – this is a total rebuild – but if Georgia isn’t on it this weekend then the change of scheme could be an issue to deal with.
The Yellow Jackets are the worst team in the country in one offensive category. They run less plays than anyone else in the nation, a stat that shows their transition to a new offense hasn’t gone smoothly. They dropped from being one of the best rushing teams in the country to a middle of the road squad and the passing game hasn’t yet caught up to the point that it works consistently.
Georgia can get Tech off of the field and keep them off. This could easily be a game where the running game grinds it out and the Bulldogs finish having held the ball for 35-38 minutes. If they do that, then Georgia wins.
Don’t let Georgia Tech get a lead
This is a serious trap game. Georgia is coming off of a survival game against a criminally under ranked Texas A&M side and have LSU and a possible date in the CFP to look forward to with a win. Georgia Tech has nothing but pride to play for and – as a four touchdown underdog – they have a chance to ruin the Bulldogs season with a win here.
The way to deal with an underdog is to get up early and that is especially true on the road. Don’t give the Tech players or fans a chance to care by jumping out to a lead and never looking back.