These senior’s last game against Tech, peep Paintline in the background
The final leg of Georgia’s 2017 revenge tour takes place this Saturday against Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against teams that beat them in 2016, (Tennessee, Vanderbilt, & Florida) and look to finish strong against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Georgia looks to continue their tremendous success at Bobby Dodd Stadium, winning their last 8 times there as well as 12 of the last 13 since 1991. (1999 OT loss 51-48)
For the Dawgs to prevent Georgia Tech from coming away with a victory this Saturday, it must first stop Tech from having their occasional big pass play to Ricky Jeune or Brad Stewart. Jeune has 507 yards receiving on only 23 catches and Stewart can turn one mistake into 6 points like he did two weeks ago against Virginia Tech. UGA’s Secondary should be motivated enough by the 64-yard pass to Brad Stewart late in the game last year to be motivated. The other area Georgia should really focus on is turnovers. The three times Paul Johnson has beaten Georgia, they have needed a crucial turnover to be victorious. In 2008, Matthew Stafford threw a pick six to Morgan Burnett, in 2014 Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both fumbled inside Tech’s 2-yard line, and last year Jacob Eason threw an interception when Georgia was trying to run out the clock up 27-21. If Jake Fromm can protect the ball, meaning zero interceptions, Georgia fans should have no reason to believe they can lose this game. All 5 of Fromm’s interceptions have been on short passes of under 15 yards: slant (Tennessee & Kentucky) and Out pattern (Notre Dame, Missouri, & Florida).
It has been mentioned frequently this week that Chubb, Michel, Lorenzo Carter, and Bellamy all came back for their senior years in part because Georgia Tech beat them last year, followed by them tearing up the hedges. The first part of their decision was wise, as the four of them ended up winning their last game at Sanford last week against Kentucky rather than it being last year’s loss to Tech. The second part involves them winning tomorrow against the Jackets to even their career record to 2-2. This senior class would be the first class since 2000 to lose to Tech three times, and Kirby Smart does not want to lose two in a row to Tech, something that got his college coach Jim Donnan fired. (3 straight losses) I see Georgia winning tomorrow 31-17, just like they did in 1992, 2001, 2007, & 2011 against Tech.
God Bless & Go Dawgs!