LIVE: Bulldogs, Jackets vie for more than bragging rights

The early scene from the final regular season game for UGA and Tech.

The early scene from Sanford Stadium, site for the final regular season game for Georgia and Tech.

ATHENS — Good morning. Before we get to the game, I have a small request: Let’s be civil.

I understand emotions (and beer) often cause sports fans to jump the rails a little bit. Because we will have both Georgia and Georgia Tech fans on this blog, the chance for a verbal inferno becomes even greater.

But the same rules apply: no profanity, no profanity that is cleverly disguised with punctuation marks, no racist comments, no sexual innuendo, no stealing of screen names to give the impression that somebody wrote something when they really didn’t, no … well, you get the idea. You can praise, mock, laud and criticize all you like. But let me share something an old editor of mine once told me: If you have to ask, “Can I write this?” the answer is probably no.

Fair enough?

OK, onto the game. Georgia and Georgia Tech is, first and foremost, always about 364 days of bragging rights. But it’s so much more than that today.

– Georgia needs a win to keep hopes alive for a berth in the BCS title. That’s also contingent on the Bulldogs upsetting Alabama in the SEC championship game next week. The Dogs would still play for the conference title even if they were to be upset by the Jackets. But obviously a lot of steam would come out of the game, and certainly it would deflate the fan base.

– Georgia Tech needs a win for a credibility boost and, in that sense. It also would give Jackets fans some hope for the ACC championship game against Florida State and/or a better bowl game. Tech has won three straight. But it has been a largely rocky season and they slipped into the Coastal Division title and a conference championship berth through the backdoor, benefiting from Miami’s decision to bow out in hopes of minimizing expected NCAA sanctions.

Georgia fans have reason to be concerned: Even though the Dogs have shown themselves to be the better and more talented team, there’s a possibility of players being distracted by all of the SEC and BCS talk.

Georgia Tech fans have reason to be concerned: Even with the late-season bounce back and the added skills that quarterback Vad Lee brings to the lineup, the Jackets’ defense hasn’t stopped anybody. Georgia has a balanced offense led by quarterback Aaron Murray (12 touchdowns, zero interceptions since the fourth quarter against Florida) and freshman running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

Bottom line: This is a rivalry game, and strange things often occur in rivalry games. At the risk of sounding cliche, I suspect Tech’s best chance to win today will be based on turnovers and winning the special teams battle. Georgia probably also doesn’t want to get into a scoring battle (as was the case in 2008, when the Jackets won 45-42). Red zone production is key for both teams.

That’s it for now. Have fun all. I’m here to serve.

And with that, the cyber venting lines are open.

By Jeff Schultz

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1,171 comments Add your comment

Scott

November 24th, 2012
11:04 am

DAWGFAN83

November 24th, 2012
11:09 am

Dawgs come out swinging….34-21

ibidGT

November 24th, 2012
11:10 am

Let’s go TECH!!!

THWG!!!

DP

November 24th, 2012
11:10 am

Can I mock Mark Bradley for banning anybody from his blogs who dares to call him out on the nonsense he writes?

Glad to see the AJC assigned its professional and objective columnist to this game instead of the Georgia homer.

Benjamin

November 24th, 2012
11:10 am

Can I write this?

Cltdawg

November 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Lets do this

If do right, no can defense

November 24th, 2012
11:13 am

I know the odds are rough, but a fan can believe… at least until the game is over. Go Jackets!

Jacket Man

November 24th, 2012
11:13 am

Here’s hoping for a clean game with no injuries on either side.

The Biscuit

November 24th, 2012
11:13 am

DAWGFAN83

November 24th, 2012
11:14 am

If we let the NERDS stick around and we start off slow like we did against GSU…might be a long day. Lets put the jackets away early. Send them to Charlotte with a sub 500 record heading into the ACC championship. (what a joke)

The Biscuit

November 24th, 2012
11:17 am

Oh yeah. Dawgs should be in a state of hopefully controlled frenzy. Breathing pretty rarified air these heady days. I think their seniors and the Dawgs win it by at least 7 . Lots of points on the board but see the Techsters fading in the fourth quarter. Have fun everybody!

rufus

November 24th, 2012
11:18 am

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 24th, 2012
11:18 am

TCU over #16 Texas @ Texas
Arizona St over #24 @ Arizona
Washington St over #25 Washington

#7LSU looked bad against @ Arkiesaw only by 7.
#14 Nebraskea looked bad against @ Iowa by 6

Anything can happen.

Ghost of Willie

November 24th, 2012
11:19 am

I have an uneasy feeling about this game.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 24th, 2012
11:19 am

Cold Sober dWag fans must not be happy today.

Wilbo

November 24th, 2012
11:20 am

Is it okay to say, “Dear Schultzie, you’re a 1/2 wit unfunny brain dead libtard jerk?”

When is the AJC going to hire some actual professionals?

I did say unfunny, didn’t I?

Ol'JacketFan

November 24th, 2012
11:20 am

Go Jackets, play hard, leave all on the field and come back with a WIN!!!!! THWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 24th, 2012
11:21 am

Good morning. Before we get to the game, I have a small request: Let’s be civil………………………………….

JEFF you are kidding right?

This is NEVER civil after the Toe Meets Leather

Greg

November 24th, 2012
11:21 am

Tech is about to get so wrecked! lmao…Go Dawgs!

5150 UOAD

November 24th, 2012
11:22 am

In the house for the GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.O.A.D. 2012 about to start. Go Jackets.

Ted M

November 24th, 2012
11:23 am

Jeff – Is Tevin Washington gonna start today?

Bobo

November 24th, 2012
11:24 am

Tech in a 57-54 upset, thanks to the benefit of 5 UGA turnovers and a poorly played defensive effort. However, mostly because UGA ALWAYS chokes when everything is on the line. They are the Ohio State of this era. Always in the top 5 and never in the discussion at the end of the season. UGA watches their title hopes die again as 1980 gets further and further away.

Stats

November 24th, 2012
11:25 am

GT with a good offense and awful defense. UGA with a good D and offense. Lets use some logic here. UGA wins big. Cue the academic excuses from tech fans

5150 UOAD

November 24th, 2012
11:25 am

Go JACKETS beat the DFBWGC&PoG(Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College & Plantation of Georgia) UGa for short.

5150 UOAD

November 24th, 2012
11:26 am

TEVIN W should start to let VAD get relaxed and get the feeling of the game and crowd before he comes in.

Greg

November 24th, 2012
11:26 am

What excuse will Tech use this year?

Swami SEZ

November 24th, 2012
11:27 am

The ACC will sweep today ecept for Dandy Vandy…. Book it !

Bobo

November 24th, 2012
11:27 am

Wilbo….Jeff is actually one of the more bearable AJC writers. While I agree he is WAY less funny than he thinks he is, he doesn’t come close to the level of smug self-righteousness of a Jay Bookman or a Maureen Downey (who I MAINTAIN no matter how many times I get BANNED that she is in fact, a man in a wig).

Ted M

November 24th, 2012
11:28 am

Has Tech announced the starting QB?

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2012
11:28 am

IMPORTANT INJURY UPDATE: Tech RB Orwin Smith (ankle) is out.

Beeeeg Boy

November 24th, 2012
11:28 am

Worried, Bad worried!!!

Sampson

November 24th, 2012
11:28 am

CHIP TOWERS is an illiterate crybaby!

Swami SEZ

November 24th, 2012
11:29 am

about 4 :00pm Folks will be saying FIRE MARK RICHT……Book it!

Ol'JacketFan

November 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Dang that about Orwin, but watch for Days and/or Hill to step up!

Bobo

November 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Tech has nothing to lose, which is why this game is dangerous for UGA. South Carolina showed that it doesn’t matter what level of talent they have, that if something is on the line, UGA is perfectly capable of disappearing. On paper UGA should kill Tech, but that’s not what will happen.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2012
11:30 am

Ted M — Yes, Tevin Washington starting.

JSS

November 24th, 2012
11:30 am

Good luck with this bunch, but you’re gonna need it!

Trandall19705

November 24th, 2012
11:31 am

Wilbo, Are you wearing gold pants? Sounds like it!

DP

November 24th, 2012
11:31 am

Schultz is often very funny, particularly in his “Count” columns. And the picture of Bobby Petrino in a neck brace with his face scraped up, a Schultz staple, is always good for a laugh.

Mark Bradley is a clown, but not at all funny.

Ted M

November 24th, 2012
11:31 am

Greg

November 24th, 2012
11:32 am

Hey @Bobo, Georgia had an SEC East title on the line vs. Ole Miss and Auburn yet they dominated both. Ole Miss and Auburn are better than Tech.

Buzziswiser

November 24th, 2012
11:33 am

@DawgFan83. GT loss would be 6-6. Don’t believe that would be sub-500. Class of 83? You must have been in Jan Kemp’s remedial math class. What a joke is playing Buffalo and Florida Atlantic and thinking you deserve a BCS invite even if you win the next two.

Ted M

November 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Happy Thanksgiving Jeff and everybody else.

Ted M

November 24th, 2012
11:35 am

I am gonna assume that CPJ rotates the QB’s every 2 series unless one of them gets hot.

Dawgdrummer86

November 24th, 2012
11:35 am

We are READY! No let down today. No looking ahead. It is TIME! Go Redcoat Band! Gooooooooo Dawgs! Sic’ Em! Woof! Woof! Woof! (Nothing but positive love today Jeff!)

Marty

November 24th, 2012
11:36 am

Ga Tech degree. So easy a cave man can do it. Go DAWGS!!!

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2012
11:37 am

JSS — Are you available for hire as my junkyard pitbull?

5150 UOAD

November 24th, 2012
11:37 am

November 24th, 2012
11:35 am

JlyLarkspur
November 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Hey! Hands off the hedges!
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Words NO UGa female has ever said unless the guy didn’t have some Smoke or Drink.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2012
11:38 am

“Ted M — Happy Thanksgiving Jeff and everybody else.”

<<< Thank you, and the same to everybody else, even those who take time out of their busy schedule to call me a “libtard.”

Greg

November 24th, 2012
11:39 am

@BuzzisWiser…at least we can beat the cupcakes on our schedule. Middle Tennessee State is calling…want a rematch? Bet ya don’t!