Why so arrogant, bruh?

For those of you who like to sniff about how Georgia ought to discard the Tech series because somehow it’s become a game beneath the likes of us, Chip Towers has some pesky reality he’d like to share with you.

… the Tech-Georgia rivalry just hasn’t had all that much significance from a national standpoint of late.

Of the 17 matchups so far this century, both Georgia and Tech have been nationally ranked just six times. None of those games featured a top 10 matchup. The best we’ve seen recently was the 2014 game, which featured a No. 15-ranked Tech team against No. 8 Georgia. And that was a good one. The Yellow Jackets won 30-24 in overtime.

In 2011, No. 13 Georgia defeated No. 25 Tech; No. 18 Tech beat No. 13 Georgia 45-42 in 2008; No. 5 Georgia edged No. 24 Tech 14-7 in Atlanta in 2005; No. 19 UGA defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech 31-17 in 2001; and No. 18 Tech beat No. 19 Georgia 27-15 in 2000.

Lately, though, the matchup has been a stinker from a national standpoint. Neither team was ranked in three of the last four years and in four of the last seven.

Frankly, I’m not feeling the superiority there, other than that Georgia historically wins this rivalry game at something like a 70% clip.  Giving up that kind of return solely because of feelings that basically nobody else in the country shares has a distinct cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face measure to it.

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28 responses to “Why so arrogant, bruh?

  1. Dolly Llama

    It’d be stupid for us not to play them every year. And the Stingtalk crowd would commit mass suicide if we quit that series. We give their lives meaning.

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  2. The JV should should hardly ever beat the Varsity squad. Need to get the 70% figure to above 90%.

    It can be done. Hell, VA Tech has beaten UVA 14 straight and the talent gap between us and GT is greater than VPI/VA.

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  3. dawgfan

    We need a 9 game SEC regular season with Tech and Clemson alternating every other year on the schedule.

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    • Macallanlover

      Would like that change. Need to admit this rivalry is out of balance since they left the conference. Sure, the games are competitive, but so were Ga Southern and Nicholls. We get nothing for a W with GT but look bad with any of the losses. The game just means more to them, makes their season when they even come close, you know our guys want to win but it does not approach how significant it is to their players. Add in the unfortunate timing of the game, their knee-diving blocking scheme, and it is time to do some objective thinking on this.

      Our “rivalry” game is middling by any comparison angle to others being played today. Not only are they lesser than a conference contest, we don’t even compete for recruits in our own state with them. Seventies have been gone a long time, need to update our scheduling. Let’s add a better home and home OOC game, and move the TN game back to the end of our schedule. I know it doesn’t change anyone’s thinking, and won’t happen in my lifetime, but it has to be said, and considered, since it takes years to bring something like this to fruition.

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      • Uglydawg

        It can get awfully cold in Knoxville late in the season, but I agree it’s time to reconsider the schedule.

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      • dawgfan

        It doesn’t seem to have hurt Texas, Texas A&M, Pitt, and Penn State to have ended those rivalries. Hey, at least we moved the Auburn game out of Columbus.

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        • Macallanlover

          Progress!

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        • Mayor

          I disagree about ending the rivalries hurting those schools. Pitt used to be good and not playing State Penn has to have hurt their recruiting. ATM and Texas both have lost something because they don’t play each other anymore. This all hasn’t played out yet. Remember when the Big 12 split up Nebraska and Oklahoma? Nebraska went to the Big 10 and the Big 12 almost went under. The Texas-ATM thing isn’t over yet and I’m not so sure the Big 12 is safe even now. Rivalries mean something to the alums, the students and the institutions. Its not always about now–sometimes its about the past and the future.

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        • Mayor

          And if we moved the WLOCP out of that shithole Jacksonville, THAT would be progress.

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        • @dawgfan: One of the first games I ever attended. UGA and auburn in Columbus. I still wonder who thought that up.

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  4. Don’t change anything until they beg to end the series and only then until we have exceeded the Drought.

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    • Dolly Llama

      Oh, this all day long. There have been times when at least some of their fans were (are?) hoping this series would end. Clemson sure would be a hell of an upgrade, even every other year.

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    • Macallanlover

      Whut drought? Ain’t you a Dawg fan? 🙂 Been sunshine for a long time, overall series in good shape.

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  5. 86BONE

    Tuck Fech

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  6. 92 grad

    I think it would be more fun if they would play a more mainstream offensive style. Playing them is such an outlier for everyone which makes it tiresome.

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  7. PTC DAWG

    I see it as a no win situation every year…

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  8. Mike Cooley

    To tell you the truth if their fans weren’t such nuball, insufferable pricks, I wouldn’t even think of this as a rivalry. I want to win of course but the only reason I am able to get excited about this game at all is because their fans are such assholes and I don’t want them to be able to brag. Other than that, this is like the Vanderbilt game to me. I know we will most likely win and it’s really not that exciting. I’m 39 and age has a lot to do with how passionate you are about this rivalry. Older UGA fans feel about this game the way I feel about the Florida game. If their fans were to ever become disinterested and stop being g such huge thumping pricks this one would really be a snooze.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I’m 54, no comparison to the UF game, IMHO..nail on head re most GT fans though…

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      • Macallanlover

        Don’t stereotype us, I am almost 69. The last time this series was significant was when they were in the conference. Except for one week a year, Vandy is a more important game to me…and UGA. Think about that, what the hell is really worth hanging on to? The whining from them would be more enjoyable than playing this game. KS said we gave up part of every week’s practice to to help prepare for these turds. I would rather prepare for other teams, especially the conference games.

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    • Uglydawg

      We need to drop them right after we pound their asses in a big win. That way they can’t say we dropped them because they were beating us.

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  9. Uglydawg

    Made the mistake of checking out an AJC piece this morning about today’s game…(Piece by Mike Luck). It was aimed at GT fans and pretty much told them to “worry not..this one is in the bag for Tech”. He does the usual twisting and selective application of stats and records to make his case. I won’t bother reading (or watching..video) his shit again.

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  10. addr

    It’s not a feeling of superiority (Gawd knows that is a farce given the last few results in Athens), but more so the fact that Georgia has everything to lose in this game and nothing to gain. If we win it is nothing more than a footnote and business as usual, but lose and it’s a national story. Not to mention the fact that their stupid offense takes extra preparation and risk of injury. And given the divergence of the paths of the two programs, this doesn’t look to change too soon.

    Bring back the Clemson game or add another SEC and leave Tech in the ACC cellar where they belong.

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  11. Debby Balcer

    Paul Johnson will not always be their coach. GT is a good power 5 opponent who we beat regularly. No reason to get rid of good old fashioned clean hate. GO DAWGS!!

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  12. Mike Cooley

    The Tech people love Fish Fry. It seems like he will get to stay as long as he wants.

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  13. BReynolds

    I like the game, but it was only really fun for a few years when I worked at an office full of Tech grads, which has been a rare thing for me even though I’m in the technology field. It would be interesting to know what percentage of their grads leave the state after college. I bet it’s pretty high.

    The best of all worlds for me would be to alternate Tech and Clemson.

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