Top-ranked Georgia ready to feast on struggling Georgia Tech

Teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Saturday when top-ranked Georgia brings the nation’s longest current winning streak to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, which has lost five straight games, including the last one by 55 points.Georgia (11-0), which has won 15 straight games dating to last season, opened as a 35-point favorite against the Yellow Jackets (3-8), who haven’t defeated the Bulldogs in Atlanta this century.The Bulldogs have turned Bobby Dodd Stadium into their personal playground during their 10-game winning streak on Georgia Tech’s campus dating to 1999, winning by an average of 16.1 points.Georgia has won 16 of the past 19 meetings overall and the past three in a row by an average of 33.3 points.”When I got here, there’s an ingrained, built-in belief that you had to beat your in-state rival,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “We also had conference rivals, so it became you play on something so many times that it falls on deaf ears, if you say, ‘That’s our rival, that’s our rival, that’s our rival.’ We don’t get into that, because it loses its effectiveness if you use it all the time. Who’s not our rival?”While Georgia was amassing 488 yards of total offense in a 56-7 win against Charleston Southern last week, Georgia Tech was shut out 55-0 on national television at No. 8 Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets mustered just 224 yards, gave up six sacks, had an interception and fumble returned for scores and gave up 45 points in the first 30 minutes.If the Yellow Jackets struggled mightily to move the ball against the Fighting Irish’s 40th-ranked defense, how will they fare against Georgia’s top-ranked unit?The Bulldogs lead the country in total defense (236 yards per game), yards allowed (2,596), offensive touchdowns allowed (seven), opponent touchdowns overall (nine). Georgia is also second in first downs allowed (151) and rushing defense (77.3), and third in passing defense (158.7).Georgia Tech’s best offensive player is running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who is ranked No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yardage at 163.8 yards per game, 2.3 yards per game more than Central Michigan’s Lew Nichols and 3.3 yards per game ahead of Utah State receiver Deven Thompkins.

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