Georgia at Georgia Tech
Time/TV: 3:30 p.m. Saturday/ABC
Records: Georgia (7-4, 5-3 SEC), Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3 ACC)
Series record: Bulldogs leads the all-time series 63-39-5.
THREE KEYS FOR GEORGIA TECH AGAINST GEORGIA
1. Avoid the costly mistake.
Tech’s four losses have had their critical mistakes – fumbles, blown coverages, interceptions. Recent losses to Georgia have featured similar failures to execute. Jackets will have to steer clear of plays that give Georgia extra chances or easy points.
2. Limit Todd Gurley.
Tech has done a solid job against the run. Among its most noteworthy accomplishments this season was holding Pittsburgh to minus-5 rushing yards. Gurley, Georgia’s star running back, will get his yards. It will be Tech’s job to limit the explosive plays. The more it can force Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason to be a part of the Bulldogs’ equation, the better the Jackets’ chances likely become.
3.Win the turnover game.
Tech is minus-2 for the season, and minus-9 in games against FBS competition. The Jackets have had trouble both holding onto the ball and taking it away. Georgia may be a willing partner, as the Bulldogs are minus-7 in turnover margin. The Tech defense has actually been superior in sudden-change situations – opponents have scored only seven points off of the Jackets’ last 10 giveaways – but the Jackets would benefit from a big play off a takeaway.
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