The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are still in the national championship discussion as they host the in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.
A win Saturday, followed by another over Alabama for the SEC title, would put Georgia alongside Notre Dame for the national championship in Miami.
The 10-1 Bulldogs have ripped off five straight wins since their lone loss of the season to then-No.6 South Carolina, and last week blew out their other in-state rival Georgia South 45-14.
Georgia’s Aaron Murray tossed three of this four touchdowns in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs an insurmountable lead. Murray finished 18-for-28 for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
Freshman running back Todd Gurley also gained 116 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, pushing him past 1,000 yards for the season.
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Georgia South focused solely on the rush, gaining 302 yards. If the Bulldogs do hope to challenge Alabama and Notre Dame, they cannot allow a team to dominate them on the ground like that.
This week comes brings the Yellow Jackets, who possess the third best rushing offense in the nation with 324.9 rushing yards per game.
Georgia Tech has won three in a row, including a 42-24 win over Duke last week, behind 330 rushing yards and a 4-for-4 mark on fourth down.
Zach Lasey led the Yellow Jackets with 72 rushing yards, and senior quarterback Tevin Washington completed two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the victory. Washington went 6-for-10 for 102 yards and three scores.
Washington has only attempted 105 passes this year, and is second on the team with 598 rushing yards, and first in rushing touchdowns with 18.
Betting Odds: Georgia is favored by 14.5 points.
Over/Under: 64 points
Prediction: The Bulldogs will have to strike quickly on each of their possessions because they won’t get the ball back for quite some time if Georgia Tech has success running. Murray will have another big day and Georgia will struggle against the Yellow Jackets rush, but the Bulldogs should pull out the win.
Predicted Score: Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 21