Top-ranked Georgia will look to secure straight unbeaten regular seasons for the first time in school history by continuing their dominance over rivals Georgia Tech on Saturday in Athens, Georgia.
The game, nicknamed “Clean Old Fashioned Hatred,” has become as one-sided as any in the nation. Georgia have won their last four meetings by an average of 36.3 points after a 45-0 win last year. The Bulldogs have beaten the Yellow Jackets in 17 of their last 20 games.
Georgia (11-0, 8-0 SEC) clinched a 16-6 win in Kentucky on Saturday and will play in the SEC title game for the fifth time in the last six years when it meets LSU on Dec. 3.
Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 ACC) bounced back from a 17-0 deficit in the second quarter to stage a 21-17 upset against then-No. 13 North Carolina (9-2, 6-1 ACC) on Saturday in Chapel Hill, NC
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However, the Yellow Jackets must defeat Georgia to be eligible for the Bowl for the first time since 2018.
Georgia is nationally first in scoring defense (11.09 points per game), third in rushing defense (83.1 yards per game), fifth in total defense (272.1 ypg), and 11th in scoring offense (38 .4 points).
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,011 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions, and leads an offense that ranks seventh in the country in yards per game (496.3).
Tight end Brock Bowers has 41 receptions for 625 yards with four touchdowns, while Ladd McConkey has 46 catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns. Kenny McIntosh was a threat from the backfield with 33 receptions for 341 yards and one score, in addition to his rushing for 568 yards and seven scores on 111 carries.
The Bulldogs’ Daijun Edwards has an average of 5.1 yards per carry, having lapped for 547 yards and seven touchdowns with 107 carries.
Georgia Tech has gone 4-3 under interim coach Brent Key, who was promoted from assistant head coach and running game coordinator, after the school fired Geoff Collins after a Sept. 24 loss to Central Florida that dropped the Yellow Jackets to 3-1 .
However, Key could be coaching his final game with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech also fired athletic director Rick Stansbury and hired J Batt, the former assistant athletic director, chief operating officer and chief revenue officer for Alabama.
“I worry about Georgia, it’s the No. 1 team in the country,” Key said. “It’s the biggest challenge of my life right now to bring this group to Athens on Saturday at 12pm.
“It’s Georgia and Georgia Tech and that’s why you come to school here to play this game, it’s an honor.”
The Yellow Jackets’ two-quarterback system, consisting of Zach Gibson, who passed 13-for-18 for 174 yards, and Taisun Phommachanh, who passed 2-for-5 for 13 yards, in addition to a rushing for Carrying for 44 yards and a total of 10, led an offense that amassed 373 yards against the Tar Heels.
The defense pinned North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, a Heisman Trophy nominee, with a 16-for-30 pass for 202 yards and an interception.
“They’re playing really well now. They’re playing really hard now,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart. “I think (Key) did a great job of getting these guys to compete.”