|Published:||Nov 21, 2012 7:28 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 22, 2012 7:32 AM EST|
Georgia Tech (6-5) at No. 3 Georgia (10-1), Noon (ESPN)
Line: Georgia by 13.
Series Record: Georgia says it leads series 62-37-5. Georgia Tech says Georgia leads series 62-39-5, including two Georgia Tech wins during World War II (1943-44) when the Yellow Jackets used players from an on-campus naval officer's training program.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia is playing to protect its hopes of playing for a national championship if it beats No. 2 Alabama in the Dec. 1 Southeastern Conference championship game. Georgia Tech is trying to end a three-game losing streak in the series since its last win in Athens in 2008, coach Paul Johnson's first season.
Georgia OLBs Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins against Georgia Tech RBs Orwin Smith and Robert Godhigh. Smith and Godhigh are the A-backs who line up wide in the spread-option offense and are the usual targets of pitches, or faked pitches. Jones and Jenkins must be disciplined, maintain their assignments, instead of going for the quarterback with the ball. For Jenkins, a freshman, this will be his first exposure to Georgia Tech's version of the option offense.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia Tech: LB Jeremiah Attaochu had two sacks in last week's 45-24 win over Duke. Georgia Tech's defense has struggled most of the season, but Attaochu, who has seven sacks, is capable of forcing bad throws and helping to contain Georgia freshman RBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Georgia: QB Aaron Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency (157.11) and needs only 14 yards passing to become the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Murray has 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions in his last three games after throwing three interceptions against Florida.
FACTS & FIGURES
Both teams have clinched spots in their conference championship games. This will be the first time the teams have played when each has clinched its outright conference or division title. ... Georgia Tech will play Florida State in next week's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game after Miami self-imposed its second straight bowl ban. ... Georgia is trying to reach 11 wins in the regular season for the first time since 2002. The 2007 Georgia team was the last to win 11 games overall, including the postseason. ... The Bulldogs will play in their fifth SEC championship game in 11 seasons under coach Mark Richt. ... Georgia Tech is averaging 47.7 points in its three straight wins over Maryland, North Carolina and Duke. ... Georgia has won 10 of the last 11 in the series and four of the last five at Sanford Stadium. ... S Bacarri Rambo has 15 career interceptions, one behind the Georgia school record of 15 set by Jake Scott from 1967-68.