It always comes late in the season, but this year the Jackets and Dawgs will not be the other's last game of the regular season. Georgia still has to face Houston in Athens next week and the Jackets still have an at-one-time huge match up with Florida State remaining on their schedule.
For both teams this game is critical. For the Jackets, who have suffered all three of their losses thanks to late game heroics on the part of their opposition, they would like to win four games in a row against the Dawgs. That is a feat that the Jackets have not accomplished since their longest winning streak in the series from 1949 to 1956.
For the Dawgs beating Tech would mean something different. It would mean a better bowl game. It would mean a probable 8-3 regular season with wins over two important rivals. A win over Tech would, most importantly for the Dawgs and their fans, drive the last knife through the hearts of the Jackets for this season. It would be the fitting end to a Georgia season, ruining whatever is left of this "championship" season at Tech.
Neither team needs a lot of talk before this game. But I like what Tech quarterback George Godsey said about the Tech-Georgia rivalry, "If you can't get ready for the Georgia Bulldogs, then I don't want you going to war with me."
No, this rivalry is not as sexy as it once was. But the fact of the matter is that there is still a ton of hate and passion running in this rivalry. Both teams hate one another. Tech feels like it is always being treated like the little brother in the Atlanta press. And Georgia just wants to punch little brother in the face this season for the last three season's outcomes.
If the Dawgs cant get it done on Saturday against the Jackets the season will be disappointing. But if Georgia steps up and wins this game, the season will be considered a surprising success.
We know that the passion is back in this rivalry, but recently that passion has been one sided. Its time for the Dawgs to play with passion against Tech.