After 12 weeks of college football, there is a contest between two in-state rivals. These teams are the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Both teams started the season with bowl game expectations but no one expected Georgia to be a top ten team for the entire season. Georgia Tech was expected to make a bowl game this season and that goal has yet to be reached. With both teams seeking to improve their resume, expect this game to be closer than people think.
Georgia started the season with extremely high hopes. The Bulldogs have lived up to those expectations so far and are currently undefeated. The most impressive part of their season thus far is who the Bulldogs have beaten. In the first four weeks, Georgia defeated top 25 ranked Notre Dame on the road and top 25 ranked Mississippi State at home. If Georgia managed to run the table for the rest of the season, they would have been in the college football playoffs. However, Georgia’s title hopes were essentially ruined when the Bulldogs got routed by Auburn a few weeks ago.
Georgia’s success is due to freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm was expected to be the backup quarterback this season behind Jacob Eason. However, Eason got injured earlier this year and Fromm was thrown under the fire as the immediate replacement. However, Fromm has looked remarkable this season and has thrown for 17 touchdowns and only five interception.
However, Fromm’s success is also due to the success of Georgia’s running game this season. Georgia currently has three elite running backs on the roster and their success had opened up a lot of holes in the secondary for Fromm to exploit. Running backs Nick Chubb, D’Andre Swift and Sony Michel are each averaging over six yards per carry and have at least one touchdown. Either running back could be a starter on the majority of college football teams in division I. Unfortunately for Georgia Tech, Georgia has all three.
Georgia Tech’s success is due to quarterback TaQuon Marshall. This season, Marshall has thrown for nine touchdowns and only four interceptions. In addition to his passing statistics, Marshall has also run for over 1,000 yards on the ground along with 17 rushing touchdowns. Georgia Tech prides itself on its unique triple option rushing attach and one can expect to see a heavy dose of it against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
As for my prediction, I gotta side with Georgia. Georgia’s defense has looked like an elite unit for the entire season and I expect the Bulldogs to slow down the Yellow Jackets’ option attack on Saturday. I think that Georgia will run the ball down their throats and win this game by double digits.
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. EST
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, GA
How to Watch Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the ABC app.