In an increasingly insignificant rivalry game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will defeat the Georgia Bulldogs. Let’s remember the Yellow Jackets defeated the formerly unbeaten Florida State Seminoles. The Bulldogs, however, don’t have a quality win this season. Georgia comes into this game at 8-3, which on the surface looks like a solid record; however, the reality about this record lies in a closer examination. In Georgia’s three losses, one can see many weaknesses plaguing this team. Those losses evince why it’s time for their fans to discontinue referring to their team as an SEC “powerhouse”; those days are bygone.
While it was okay for Georgia to lose at home to Alabama, it’s unacceptable to suffer a blowout defeat, 38-10, to the Crimson Tide. Similarly, Georgia was not even competitive against Florida. If the Bulldogs are such an SEC “powerhouse,” then they should have defeated Tennessee but the team did not win.
Even in some of the games the Bulldogs won, their weaknesses were exposed. Last week, Georgia had to go into overtime to beat Georgia Southern. Yes, it took overtime for Georgia to finish off Georgia Southern. At home, Georgia barely won against Missouri. Georgia won 9-6. Missouri has been awful this season, looking like a team not worthy to be in the SEC on yesterday against Arkansas. The Tigers were dominated 28-3 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If Georgia is such an elite football team and program, then they, too, should have crushed Missouri in the way the Razorbacks did. Auburn has had a miserable season, but they almost beat Georgia.
Former Georgia standout David Pollack picked Georgia Tech to win against Georgia, and he spoke about how terribly the Bulldogs have performed all season.
In the same way Georgia struggled with the run against Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Southern, the triple-option of the Yellow Jackets will give Georgia great problems. Playing in the SEC does not afford Georgia an opportunity to prepare for a triple-option team. The triple-option will prove too much for the Bulldogs and they will lose a close game to the Yellow Jackets.
At some point, Georgia has to understand that the team cannot win meaningful games with a second-string transfer quarterback from the University of Virginia, Grayson Lambert. One would think the Bulldogs have enough of a national reputation to secure a better starting quarterback than a second-string transfer quarterback from Virginia. Yes, the injury to Nick Chubb naturally impacted the team. Your team cannot, however, be a one-man show and expect to experience true success.
Georgia Tech has not played much better than the Bulldogs this season. The Yellow Jackets have suffered primarily from a lack of consistent execution on both offense and defense. Their ability to execute well will be critical to winning against Georgia. While Georgia is not as good as Florida State, it would help the Yellow Jackets to generate the energy and performance they had against the Seminoles to win against their rivals today.