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GAMETHREAD: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Georgia Bulldogs

It’s time for Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate!

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Now at the end of Geoff Collins’ first season as head coach, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are looking to play spoiler to the Georgia Bulldogs’ College Football Playoff hopes. It won’t be easy, though, for the 3-8 Jackets.

Can Georgia Tech force Jake Fromm to pass the ball?

Georgia’s offense has clearly been the weak point of the team this year. They’ve done a great job of rushing the ball, averaging nearly 200 yards per game. Jake Fromm, on the other hand, has been perfectly serviceable when needed. The offense as a whole, though, has had issues scoring points. The Bulldogs have only scored at least 30 points against Power 5 opponents twice this season: against Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Fromm’s receiving corps will also be shorthanded, with the announcement that grad transfer Lawrence Cager will miss the rest of the season. David Hale posted on Twitter how Fromm has fared without Cager this year, and it’s a noticeable difference:

How will Jordan Mason fare against Georgia’s rush defense?

Fact: Jordan Mason has been very good this season. Another fact: Georgia has done a great job of stopping the run this week. For instance, last week, Texas A&M managed a team total of -1 yards. No, that isn’t a typo. Texas A&M went for NEGATIVE ONE yards against Georgia’s defense. I think Mason will do a little bit better on that, because he gets most of his yardage after first contact, but the rest of the offense will still need to step up a bit to help propel some longer runs for Mason.

Can Georgia Tech send the seniors out with a win?

Georgia Tech will be graduating between 8-10 seniors following the season, and this will be their last chance to really show off. Can Tech send them out with a win? I sure hope so, but I have a hard time believing it will happen, which kind of sucks, but unfortunately, that’s just how it goes.

Score Prediction

If I haven’t made it clear by now, I don’t know how to make it any more clear. Barring an absolute miracle, Georgia Tech isn’t pulling out the victory. I hope it isn’t a total blood bath, but with Georgia Tech’s running game and Georgia’s inability to put points on the board, I could see this being a lower scoring affair, so I’ll say Georgia wins this one 28-7.