ATHENS — Not one of Georgia’s active players has experienced a loss to Georgia Tech. The last Georgia loss in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate came back in 2016, a year before Stetson Bennett arrived in Athens.
But the same cannot be said for a few Bulldogs on the Georgia coaching staff. Specifically head coach Kirby Smart, whose final home game during his playing career was a loss to the Yellow Jackets.
Smart thought about sharing some old videos of the rivalry to try and motivate his team. But the Georgia coach ultimately decided against it.
“They see us, and they’re like, ‘Oh, they’re dinosaurs.’ They don’t look at it as relevant,” Smart said. “What’s relevant to them is that probability doesn’t equal reality, and you can’t go off probability. These games are decided on the grass, not on paper. If we learned anything last week, it’s that probability doesn’t equal reality. You have to go out and play good.”
Georgia players do still have strong feelings about this rivalry, especially for those who greaw up in the state. Senior safety Chris Smith has friends on both sides of the rivalry.
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