Bulldogs begin preparations for Georgia Tech
The No. 8 Georgia football team returned to the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday with a 90-minute workout in shorts and shoulder pads.
The Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 SEC) will wrap up the regular season with Saturday’s game against 16th-ranked Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-2 ACC) at Sanford Stadium. The game will kick off at noon and will be televised by the SEC Network.
“All of our focus is on a very good Georgia Tech team,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We can’t control anything else that’s going on. All we can control is the way we practice this week and how we perform on Saturday. The Georgia Tech offense is one that we don’t see very often and our scouts did a good job of simulating it. We’ll need them to keep doing that all week. I thought our intensity was right where it needed to be today. We got the week off to a great start.”
Richt said the captains for Saturday’s game will be the 27 members of the senior class. Representing the Bulldogs at the coin toss will be center David Andrews, quarterback Hutson Mason, defensive lineman Ray Drew and linebacker Ramik Wilson.
Monday’s practice was held in balmy conditions, with the temperatures reaching into the low 70s. Exactly one week ago, the Bulldogs worked out in temperatures in the 30s.
Georgia leads the series 64-37-5 and doesn’t count two Georgia Tech wins during World War II when the Yellow Jackets utilized players from a naval officer’s training program hosted on campus. The Bulldogs are 12-1 against Georgia Tech under Richt. Under Richt’s direction, Georgia owns a 55-10 record against teams from outside the SEC. The Bulldogs are 39-1 at home in that span.
Georgia has 34 rushing touchdowns, which ranks second in UGA history, trailing only the 1971 team (39), and stands at the 12th spot nationally in rushing offense at 260.5 yards per game. The Bulldogs rank seventh nationally in scoring at 43.3 points per game and are on pace to set a school record in that category (37.8, 2012). The 2012 Bulldogs set a school record with 72 touchdowns. This year, Georgia has scored 63 touchdowns, which ranks sixth nationally. The Yellow Jackets are third nationally in rushing offense (343.5) with 34 touchdowns and are tied for 13th nationally in scoring offense (37.8).
Georgia is ranked second in the nation in turnover margin at plus-16 or 1.45 per game. This would rank fourth best in school history. Georgia’s 1980 national championship team led the country. That team finished plus-23 during the regular season (2.09 per game) and that still ranks fifth best in NCAA history. Under Richt, Georgia’s top turnover margin for a season is plus-11 (2003, 2005, 2012) and per game is 0.85 (2005).