College Football Predictions Week 13: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs at No. 23 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Saturday, 11/26/11, 12:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Georgia -6
Current Betting Line:  Georgia -6
Opening Total:  54.5
Current Total:  54.5
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The Georgia Bulldogs have dominated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Mark Richt era

Georgia is looking to win its 10th consecutive game after starting the season with an 0-2 record in dropping back-to-back contests against the Boise State Broncos and South Carolina Gamecocks.  “It’s hard to win nine in a row, especially when you need every single one to get back to the Georgia Dome,” stated Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.  The Bulldogs have been led by an attacking defense, ranking fourth in total defense in allowing 263.5 yards per game.  Georgia is 3-0 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points this season.

The Bulldogs have posted a 9-1 record against the Yellow Jackets since Richt took over in Athens, while also going 42-7 versus non-conference competition during that time.  Georgia came away with a 42-34 win in last year’s meeting as 14-point home favorites despite losing the ground battle by a sizable 253-yard margin.  Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray is enjoying another solid season, throwing for 28 passing touchdowns and being the SEC’s active leader in total offensive yards.

Georgia Tech has enjoyed a fantastic season with one of the youngest rosters in the nation, as it will play in a bowl game for the 15th consecutive season down the road.  The Yellow Jackets are on pace to produce 6,000 yards of total offense for the first time in school history.  The unit is one of four schools nationally to rush for more than 300 yards per game, averaging 323.5 rushing yards per game.  Georgia Tech is 2-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points, while the ‘under’ has cashed in both of those contests.

The Yellow Jackets have registered an impressive 6-1 record against ranked foes under the direction of head coach Paul Johnson.  His teams are also 22-1 when scoring 30 or more points, but will be hard-pressed to reach that number Saturday, facing a defense that’s allowing 17.8 points a contest.  Georgia Tech’s backfield has three players that have ran for more than 1,000 yards in their careers, led by senior Roddy Jones (1,754), who is expected to make his school-record 51st start.

Bettors will likely back the Bulldogs due to their 5-2-1 ATS mark as a road favorite of 3.5 to 10 points, while the Yellow Jackets are 6-18-2 ATS at home versus a team with a winning record on the road.

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