The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets both enter the game with 7-4 records and both pulled surprising upsets two weeks ago against ranked teams. As a 4.5-point favorite, UGA enters the game with about a 63% chance of winning the game.
Georgia is 15-5 over the last 20 years against the Yellow Jackets. Nine times the two teams have met with the Bulldog favored by fewer than five points. In those games UGA is 8-1 straight up with the only loss coming in the controversial 1998 game. In that game No. 17 Tech’s QB Joe Hamilton fumbled the ball on the sideline of the No. 12 Bulldogs, who recovered. But instant replay didn’t exist at the time. The Yellow Jackets went on to score and win 21-19 in Athens.
UGA was considered a four-point favorite in Atlanta last season, and beat Tech 13-7.
Tech has done significantly better in Athens than Atlanta during this game. The Jackets are 1-9 in Atlanta in the last ten seasons (1999). They are 4-6 in Athens in that time (1998, 2000, 2008 and 2014).
UGA has been favored in this contest 16 of the last 20 seasons. There have been upsets in the series in the last 20 years - including three significant ones. UGA upset Tech in 2001 (+2) and 2009 (+7). Tech upset UGA in 1998 (+3), 2008 (+7) and 2014 (+10). The 2008, 2009 and 2014 upsets in the series were notable for different reasons.
Tech’s upset of the Dawgs in 2008 ended a frustrating year for Georgia that saw UGA start the season as the No. 1 team in the country only to be embarrassed by Alabama and Florida - as well as the humiliating loss to the Jackets, who stormed back from a 28-14 halftime deficit to beat UGA 45-43.
The following year, Mark Richt’s unranked Bulldogs stunned No. 7 Georgia Tech in one of the former head coach’s finest moments. A week after being upset by Kentucky in Athens, UGA made the trip to Atlanta and ran the ball all over the Jackets to upset their rivals 30-24.
In 2014, No. 16 Tech, a ten-point underdog, returned the favor by beating the Bulldogs 30-24 in overtime. The game, one of the best in the history of the two programs, saw three fumbles inside the one-yard line, a game-tying 53-yard field goal as time expired in regulation, three blocked kicks and a fake field goal. At the end of the game, UGA QB Hutson Mason threw an interception, which sealed the Tech win. It was the biggest upset of Paul Johnson’s career at Tech until the Jackets stunned Virginia Tech two weeks ago as a 14-point underdog.