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Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 52,806
Top-ranked Georgia ready to feast on struggling Georgia Tech
Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Georgia is riding a 10-game winning streak on the road against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs own a 68-39-5 all-time record in the rivalry, which started in 1893. Georgia's 112 games against Georgia Tech are second only to its 125 games against Auburn.
- Georgia beat Charleston Southern last week, 56-7. The Bulldogs' plus-360 point differential this season is the third best through 11 games by any SEC team since 1980 behind 2018 Alabama (+392) and 2008 Florida (+379).
- Zamir White now has 10 rushing touchdowns, his second straight season with double-digit rushing TDs. He is the third Georgia player this century to have at least 10 rushing TD in back-to-back seasons joining Todd Gurley II (2012 & 2013) and Knowshon Moreno (2007 & 2008).
- Georgia Tech was shutout last week at No. 6 Notre Dame, 55-0. The Yellow Jackets have lost five straight for the first time since 2015. The last time they had a longer losing streak was 1994 (nine straight).
- Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs is one of six players since the beginning of last season from a Power 5 school with at least eight rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns.
- Oklahoma QB Rattler plans to transfer
- SMU names Miami OC Lashlee as coach
- Temple fires coach Carey after 3 seasons
- Babers to return to Syracuse for 2022
- Georgia Tech RB Gibbs to transfer
Teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Saturday when top-ranked Georgia brings the nation's longest current winning streak to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, which has lost five straight games, including the last one by 55 points.
Georgia (11-0), which has won 15 straight games dating to last season, opened as a 35-point favorite against the Yellow Jackets (3-8), who haven't defeated the Bulldogs in Atlanta this century.
The Bulldogs have turned Bobby Dodd Stadium into their personal playground during their 10-game winning streak on Georgia Tech's campus dating to 1999, winning by an average of 16.1 points.
Georgia has won 16 of the past 19 meetings overall and the past three in a row by an average of 33.3 points.
"When I got here, there's an ingrained, built-in belief that you had to beat your in-state rival," Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. "We also had conference rivals, so it became you play on something so many times that it falls on deaf ears, if you say, 'That's our rival, that's our rival, that's our rival.' We don't get into that, because it loses its effectiveness if you use it all the time. Who's not our rival?"
While Georgia was amassing 488 yards of total offense in a 56-7 win against Charleston Southern last week, Georgia Tech was shut out 55-0 on national television at No. 8 Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets mustered just 224 yards, gave up six sacks, had an interception and fumble returned for scores and gave up 45 points in the first 30 minutes.
If the Yellow Jackets struggled mightily to move the ball against the Fighting Irish's 40th-ranked defense, how will they fare against Georgia's top-ranked unit?
The Bulldogs lead the country in total defense (236 yards per game), yards allowed (2,596), offensive touchdowns allowed (seven), opponent touchdowns overall (nine). Georgia is also second in first downs allowed (151) and rushing defense (77.3), and third in passing defense (158.7).
Georgia Tech's best offensive player is running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who is ranked No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yardage at 163.8 yards per game, 2.3 yards per game more than Central Michigan's Lew Nichols and 3.3 yards per game ahead of Utah State receiver Deven Thompkins.
Georgia has ascended under Smart, who has led the Bulldogs to four SEC East Division titles, an SEC championship and an appearance in the national title game so far in his six seasons.
But Georgia Tech has clearly regressed under third-year coach Geoff Collins.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a losing record just three times in 11 seasons under Paul Johnson, but they are guaranteed their third in as many seasons under Collins, who enters Saturday with a record of 9-24 on the Georgia Tech sideline.
While Georgia is all but guaranteed a College Football Playoff spot with a win on Saturday, Georgia Tech won't be playing in a bowl game for the third straight season, which hasn't happened since the early-to-mid 1990s. Prior to Collins' arrival, the Yellow Jackets had played in a bowl game in 20 of the previous 22 seasons dating to 1997.
"I get it," Collins told reporters when asked about frustrations of Yellow Jackets' fans. "I understand it. I'm frustrated. I'm as big of a competitor as there is in the game and so I'm frustrated. Even though we've made progress, it still hasn't shown up in the win column, where we want it to be, where we need it to be and where it will be."
--Field Level Media
Updated November 25, 2021