Georgia Tech heads Between the Hedges in Athens, Georgia to take on the #5 Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday in the regular season finale.
Georgia took last year’s meeting with ease by routing the Jackets 38-7. A lot is on the line for both teams in this game but all the pressure rests on the backs of Georgia.
Georgia Tech is smoking hot right now as they are winners of 6 of their last 7, and UGA is flying high with a 10-1 record and coming off their best offensive performance of the season last week against UMASS. This game looks like a mismatch on paper but things can get a little interesting Saturday.
Georgia’s run defense, while it grades out as the 4th best in the SEC, is the biggest weakness of the Bulldogs. Not the best recipe for success against a triple option team, but UGA certainly does have the athletes in the second level to help limit the big plays for the Jackets. Georgia’s offense has looked unstoppable at times this year, especially running the ball led by running back DeAndre Swift. This is where things will get a little tricky.
Georgia Tech’s defense is much improved from last season and have been able to force turnovers at a high rate and record almost double the amount as tackles for losses. Still, the issue has still been open field tackling and missed tackles in general. Georgia has some of the most explosive and elusive players in the country with Swift and Mecole Hardaman. These guys make defenders look silly so it will be interesting to see how the Jackets handle these two guys on Saturday.
This game has the makings of a high scoring affair with two offenses who can score at a high rate when they are clicking. The game will be decided by turnovers. Which ever team wins the turnover battle will win the game. This gamed will be closer than the “experts” think and could end up going down to the wire.
Georgia Tech Keys to Victory:
Win the turnover battle
No silly penalties
Win the battle in the trenches
Kickoff Coverage needs to limit big returns
Georgia Tech Players to Watch:
Brad Stewart- WR
Anree Saint-Amour- DE
Parker Braun- LG
Matchups to Watch For:
Brad Stewart vs DeAndre Baker: Baker is argubaly the best corner in the country. While he wont be tested often, his discipline will be tested when the Jackets do throw it. He also will be going against of the Jackets best perimeter blockers so it will be interesting to see if Stewart can hold his own which could lead to big plays.
Tre Swilling vs Mecole Hardman: With the Yellow Jackets likely to rotate around and playing against all of the Bulldogs receivers Swilling will probably see more of Hardman than Godwin. Tre has been a bright spot in the secondary for the Yellow Jackets this season helping to make wide receivers uncomfortable and helping force 12 interceptions so far this season.
Brant Mitchell vs UGA Rushing Attack: Mitchell will be a key piece in the Georgia Tech defense to prevent the Bulldogs to get the ground game going and allowing them to set up the passing game for Fromm. With Mitchell having huge games the past 3 games and getting to the quarterback twice in the 3 games we’ll probably need to see a career best game from him.
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