College Football Picks: Back Georgia Tech +13 vs. Georgia

Darin Zank

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:39 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 9:39 PM GMT

Georgia is 5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS in the last five Hate-filled rivalry games with Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs are also still alive in the SEC East race. Meanwhile, the Wreck is on a roll, and already headed to its own conference championship game. Two 9-2 teams clash when the 'Dawgs and Yellow Jackets battle Saturday afternoon between the hedges.

 

Jackets-'Dawgs Betting Odds
Georgia opened as a favorite in this game as low as -12.5, and as high as -14.5, depending upon the book. As of Wednesday AM the Bulldogs were favored by either 12.5 or 13 points across the college football odds.

Those who think Georgia Tech might pull the upset in this spot could get a price of +400 on the moneyline at BetOnline.

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Jackets-'Dawgs: The Match-Up
Georgia went off this season as a 6/1 shot to win the SEC, with a wins OVER/UNDER of 9.5. At 9-2 SU (7-4 ATS) and 6-2 in conference play the Bulldogs trail Missouri by a half-game in the SEC East, and need to win Saturday to play OVER their total. But while this game means nothing to Georgia in its quest for the SEC title, the Bulldogs still cling to hopes of making the four-team college football championship playoff.

UGA opened this season with a win over Clemson, then began SEC play with a 38-35 loss at South Carolina. The Bulldogs then won five in a row, including a 34-0 blanking of Missouri in Columbia and a 45-32 victory at Arkansas, a game that wasn't as close as that score might indicate.

But in the game that might really cost them the 'Dawgs then got upset by Florida 38-20. Wins over Kentucky, Auburn and Charleston Southern have followed, but because of the loss to the Gators Georgia's destiny is out of its hands; the Bulldogs need Arkansas to beat Missouri Friday to win the East and make the SEC title game. If the Hogs do their part, Georgia might come out sky-high for this contest.

On the other side of this good, old-fashioned rivalry Georgia Tech went off this season as a 50/1 shot to win the ACC, with a wins total of seven. At 9-2 SU (7-4 ATS) and 6-2 in conference play the Yellow Jackets have already clinched the Coastal Division and a spot in the conference championship game, and they've already played OVER their total.

G-Tech opened this season 5-0, with a win at Virginia Tech and a victory over Miami. The Yellow Jackets then lost two games in a row, 31-25 to Duke and 48-43 at North Carolina. But Tech has since won its last four games, over Pitt, Virginia, North Carolina State and Clemson, clinching the Division title in the process.

Georgia Tech then had last week off.

Next week the Wreck will shoot for the upset of defending national champion Florida State in the ACC championship game.

In their one game this season against a common foe Georgia beat Clemson 45-21 back in Week 1, outgaining the Tigers 459-291, while Georgia Tech defeated Clemson two weeks ago 28-6, outgaining the Tigers 353-190.

 

Jackets-'Dawgs: Recent History
As mentioned above Georgia has beaten Georgia Tech five times in a row, and covered the last three times as chalk. Last year the Bulldogs outlasted the Ramblin' Wreck 41-34 in overtime, covering as field-goal favorites.

Tech led last year's game 20-0 late into the second quarter, and 27-17 with 10 minutes to go in the game. But UGA quickly scored twice to tie the score at 27-27, then won it on a Todd Gurley run in the second OT.

The Yellow Jackets outgained the Bulldogs last year 495-437, outrushed them 263-138 and won time-of-possession by a 36-24 margin. Usually, numbers like those are good enough for at least the cover, if not the outright victory. But not that day.

 

'Jackets-'Dawgs Betting Trends
Georgia is a lopsided 9-2 on the totals this season, as Bulldogs games have averaged 64 points.

Georgia Tech is 6-5 on the totals, as Wreck games have averaged 62 points.

Check Out Our Georgia vs. Georgia Tech Rivalry Preview

Injury Update
Georgia RB Todd Gurley sat out four games on suspension, then, in his first game back two weeks ago tore an ACL, and is gone for the season. But the Bulldogs have weathered just fine without him, thanks much, as freshman Nick Chubb has stepped in to post six straight 100-yard games and nine touchdowns in his place.

 

Jackets-'Dawgs Free Pick
Georgia has won five in a row in this series, but it's not like the Bulldogs have shut down Georgia Tech's option running game, considering the Yellow Jackets have run for at least 205 yards in each of the last six meetings. And the Tech defense has been playing some good ball as of late, holding its last three foes to a total of 39 points. So we like the visiting dog for our college football pick, plus the points.

Free College Football Pick: Georgia Tech +13 at BetOnline

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