Georgia Tech has played 11 games, Georgia 10. And I’ve seen nothing to make me change my mind. When they meet two days after Thanksgiving, Tech will win again.
Tech has been good all season. It had a bad Thursday night in Miami, but that’s the only time the Jackets haven’t played well on offense. (Defense is another matter.) The Jackets are going to score points on Georgia, a lot of points. Maybe not 45 again, but close to it.
I don’t see Georgia’s defense being able to get off the field. Key numbers: Tech is 19th nationally in time of possession; Georgia is 90th. Tech will move and keep moving, and Georgia doesn’t have Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to counter this time. And it might not have A.J. Green.
Neither side can stop the pass. Georgia is 84th in pass efficiency defense, Tech 95th. But the Jackets will have the best pass rusher on the field in Derrick Morgan, and Georgia will, as we know, turn the ball over under duress. I don’t see Georgia stopping Tech’s offense, and I don’t see Joe Cox and Co. being able to respond over four quarters.
Georgia has had some inspired moments this season, but Tech has had an inspired season. I was impressed by Georgia against Auburn, but I’ve been impressed by the Jackets for nearly three months. It will be close for a half, and then it won’t be so close. Tech 42, Georgia 27.