The Georgia Bulldogs travel to Atlanta Saturday to take on the in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 114th edition of "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate."
Georgia, which enters with an 11-0 record that included a dominant 8-0 run through its SEC schedule, puts its No. 1 College Football Playoff ranking on the line in what appears to be a tune-up for next week's clash against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Georgia Tech will be playing for pride after falling to 3-8 with last week's embarrassing 55-0 loss to Notre Dame. The Jackets were 2-6 in ACC play this season, and have yet to qualify for a bowl game in head coach Geoff Collins' three seasons on The Flats.
Due to COVID-related conference-only scheduling, these rivals did not meet last season for the first time since 1925. Georgia holds a 68-41-5 all-time edge and has won 16 of the last 19 games, although the Yellow Jackets have won as recently as 2014 and '16.
No. 1 Georgia at Georgia Tech
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 27, at 12 p.m. ET
Spread: Georgia -35
When Georgia Has the Ball
Quarterback Stetson Bennett continues to defy the odds for Georgia. Bennett took advantage of an early-season injury to JT Daniels and solidified himself as the starter while completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns with five interceptions. The one-time walk-on and junior college transfer has averaged 10.6 yards per pass attempt, which ranks second on the FBS leaderboard. He's also a capable runner, especially when scrambling, and has gained 233 yards with one touchdown on the ground.
It certainly helps that Bennett is surrounded by talented players. Running backs Zamir White (657 rushing yards, 10 TDs) and James Cook (544, 7) give the Bulldogs one of the best duos in the SEC. Cook also has 17 receptions for 129 yards and three scores, which has been impactful for a receiving corps that hasn't been at full strength at any point this season.
Tight end Brock Bowers has played like an All-American with a team-leading 34 receptions, 552 yards, and eight touchdowns, and fellow freshmen Ladd McConkey (24 rec., 376 yds., 3 TDs) and Adonai Mitchell (23, 325, 2) have been pleasant surprises as well. Jermaine Burton ranks third with 351 receiving yards on 19 receptions but is a big-play threat with an 18.5-yard average and three touchdowns. George Pickens probably won't make his first appearance of the season, but the team leader in touchdowns in both 2019 and 2020 has returned to practice, which could be a good sign for the Bulldogs' national championship hopes.