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NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia’s rivalry week matchup may be dubbed “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate,” and while there is general dislike on both sides, the results on the field show this as one lopsided rivalry.

The Bulldogs and their fans go into this game every year expecting to win the game. Georgia Tech on the other hand, hopes to pull an upset. Since 1991, Georgia has lost just five times in the series. Mark Richt was 13-2 against the Yellow Jackets. In fact, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Seth Emerson sums up this rivalry in a nutshell.

You don’t hear Georgia fans, coaches or players spending the spring and summer bragging about beating Georgia Tech. They brag about beating Florida, Auburn, or a highly-ranked team they faced. Georgia Tech? That’s a game you’re supposed to win.

This year’s matchup appears to be closer than it has in sometime. Both teams enter with a 7-4 record and are merely playing to improve their bowl situations.

Georgia will face the challenge of slowing down Tech’s running game which is averaging more than 260 yards per game good for ninth in the nation. Given that so few teams actually run the triple-option anymore, preparing for it can be a problem. The Bulldogs recently brought in former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as a consultant to assist in preparations for this week.

As good as Tech’s running game can be, their defense has historically struggled in this matchup. While the Bulldogs will no doubt look to establish the run with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, a leaky Yellow Jackets secondary could provide an opportunity for freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.

Georgia Tech is ranked 80th in passing defense allowing 242 yards per game. Georgia hasn’t been much of a big play offense but may choose to take some shots early against the Jackets defensive backfield.

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