Now comes the biggest game of them all. There may be a foe or two on Georgia’s annual schedule against whom a win against could be sweeter for some of the Bulldog faithful, but no game is more important for the red and black than Tech.
Nothing is worse for Georgia than losing to Tech. The Yellow Jacket players and fans ripping out pieces of the hedge following their last two victories against the Bulldogs in 2008 and 2014 are painful images for the Bulldog faithful and should serve as motivation plenty to pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to defeat “The Enemy.”
Both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets enter Saturday’s high noon Sanford Stadium showdown playing their best football of the season.
Following a heart-breaking month of October, the Bulldogs have won three in a row. A 27-24 last second win at Kentucky ignited the Dogs. Georgia followed that up with a tremendous 13-7 victory over Auburn, as Sanford Stadium was super-charged with electricity. It was a championship atmosphere, and the kind Georgia will need on Saturday, as the Bulldogs try and top Tech for the 14th time in the last 16 games. This past Saturday, the Dogs hit on big plays and beat Louisiana-Lafayette 35-21 to make it 7-4 on the campaign with a three-game winning streak.
Tech is smoking right now, and the offense clicking on all cylinders. A 31-17 win over Virginia is the Yellow Jackets fourth of their last five games, highlighted by a 30-20 win at Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets once again boast one of the nation’s top running attacks and will present Georgia’s talented front with a huge challenge. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart’s stop unit will have to be at its best – as will the whole team. In this past Saturday’s win over the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Dogs gave up 276 yards on the ground. Georgia will need a much better performance to defeat the Jackets.
Though Georgia has dominated the series, Tech coach Paul Johnson is trying to improve his career record in Athens to 3-2. The last three meetings between these two have been decided by a touchdown or less, and this one figures to be extremely tight. It almost always is.
A year of happiness is on the line in the biggest game of them all!