Guide to 107th Edition of Georgia Tech vs. Georgia Rivalry

Megan Rochester

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:34 PM GMT

Since the first time this two teams meet it's been hate and rivalry in Georgia. This Saturday we are expecting the rivalry to live up to its nickname when Georgia tech hosts the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Clean, Old Fashioned Hate: A Glimpse at the Georgia Tech vs Georgia Rivalry

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
Saturday, Nov. 29,  12:00 PM
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia

“Clean, old-fashioned hate” is the name given to the Georgia Rivalry between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs. The two teams met for the first time in 1893, and they have despised each other from that moment forward. Very few rivalries can say that they started a rivalry with their enemy from the very first meeting, but that is the case for UGA and GT. The clean old-fashioned hate between these two schools has been solid for over a decade.

In 1891, the University of Georgia named their official school colors to be old gold, black and crimson. However, the first Head Coach to the Bulldogs, Dr. Charles H. Herty, decided that the old gold color looked to similar to yellow, which symbolized cowardice. In that same year, Georgia Tech students voted their colors to be old gold and white.

When the two faced each other for the first time, Georgia Tech came out as the victor, and UGA immediately took the gold out of their colors after that game. For this reason, Georgia Tech’s main color of pride will be gold as a slap in the face to UGA every time they meet each other

The Yellow Jacket’s head coach from 1994 to 2001, George O’ Leary, banned the color red from campus. If his players wore red, he would make them change into a gold or white shirt, and his player would never see the shirt again.

Even the fight songs of each school to be sung at every single sporting event have been tailored to spit in the face of their rival. In 1929, the Yellow Jackets wrote the lyrics “To Hell with Georgia” and “Down with Red and Black”  in the chorus of their official “Wrambing Wreck” fight song. At a Georgia Tech game, you will hear these lyrics screamed much louder than the rest of the song.

The 1909 Georgia fight song, “Glory, Glory” originally had the lyric “G-E-O-R-G-I-A” written, but as soon as they heard the GT fight song in the 1928 game, the lyrics changed to “to hell with Georgia Tech.”

Fans have been known to throw stones at the players on the field, scream and curse at each other in public places such as restaurants, and even kidnap their opponent’s mascot.

The Yellow Jackets have only pulled off two wins in the last 14 years against the Bulldogs (2000 and 2008). Being an SEC competitor has given Georgia the athletic advantage over the more academically focused Yellow Jackets for most of the rivalry games.

Georgia holds the series record at 61-39-5. However, this fact hasn’t lessened the fire behind the rivalry. In fact, losing like that to UGA only fuels the Georgia Tech hatred to their state opponents. Now, with that being said, Tech holds a stronger title record than Georgia (Tech - 16 conference titles and 4 championship titles, UGA - 14 conference titles and 2 championship titles).


This year, however, could be a win for the Yellow Jackets. Both teams are currently 9-2 SU in their seasons and 7-4 ATS. Georgia’s star receiver Todd Gurley will be out for the game from a torn ACL injury, and without him, the Bulldogs have proven to be an inconsistent team.

Going into this game on Saturday, there are a lot of questions, but one thing is for certain. We can't wait to watch this two teams to give nothing but great football.

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