Georgia Tech looks for third-straight win in Athens against No. 5 Georgia

Wendy Adams
November 21, 2018 - 10:50 am

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College Football's rivalry week is upon us!

Georgia Tech (7-4) will travel up to Athens for a date with rival No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) on Saturday. Tech has won the past two games against the Dawgs between the hedges.

SB Nation’s Georgia Tech beat writer Joey Weaver joined John and Hugh on Wednesday to talk about whether head coach Paul Johnson and the Jackets can get it done for a third time in Athens. 

"Over the years, I think you've seen [Paul Johnson> find ways to pull rabbits out of the hat. You look at the game-winning play in Athens a couple years ago, that was something I don't know I've ever seen him run but had that one ready. I'm expecting to see a couple things we haven't seen, at least in awhile if not ever, in an effort to get the win here in a rivalry."

While the SEC East Champion Bulldogs sit at No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, Weaver believes this Georgia team isn't as good as they were a season ago.

“I’m a little bit skeptical that they’re National Title contenders this year. I do think that they are maybe a bit of a step back from last year’s team…I think they are very clearly a Top-10 team in the country. That’s always going to pose a major threat or challenge for Georgia Tech.”

What hasn’t taken a step back: Georgia’s running game with Isaiah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift as the new one-two punch.

“I thought this was going to be a bit of a reset year [at the running back position>," Weaver said. "They’ve been really dominant. [However>, I almost feel a little bit better about Georgia Tech defending the run here; they’ve been better at run defense than pass defense this year. I expect there’s going to be a couple of big plays they’re able to rip off, especially D’Andre Swift—has some real home run speed.”