The key for Georgia and Georgia Tech on Saturday is one word: focus.
If the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets can stay focused on their task at hand, everything will take care of itself.
And the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets have a lot to play for as they prepare to face a couple of bad teams Saturday.
Georgia is one step away from an SEC East title, and the only thing standing in front of the Bulldogs is a terrible Kentucky team. The Wildcats are 4-6 overall, but they are only 1-5 in the SEC. Last week, Kentucky was blown out by Vanderbilt to the tune of 38-8.
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Think about that for a second. Exactly how many times does Vanderbilt beat another SEC team by 30 points? It doesn’t happen too often, and it happened last week to Kentucky. The Wildcats did beat Mississippi in conference play, but the Rebels are actually worse than the Wildcats, which is hard to be this season.
So that’s what awaits Georgia on Saturday, a date with a bad Kentucky team with a shot at the SEC championship game on the line. Georgia opened the week as a big favorite to win the game, and it should have. It’s going to take a terrible effort for the Bulldogs to lose this game, and despite an eight-game winning streak, a loss Saturday would get a certain portion of the fan base right back on head coach Mark Richt’s back.
That can’t happen, right? Georgia can’t lose this game, can it? It’s not likely. All the Bulldogs need to do is focus -- and not think about Georgia Tech next week or a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship on Dec. 3 -- and they will easily win this game.
The same theme is there for the Yellow Jackets.
While they don’t have a conference title to play for after last week’s tough loss to Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets still have a ton left to accomplish, including that big game at home next week with their biggest rivals.
But Georgia Tech needs to focus on Duke on Saturday before it can turn its focus to Georgia. The Yellow Jackets have had a solid season, and they don’t need to lose any momentum from a 7-3 season by stumbling at Duke.
The Blue Devils are improved, and David Cutcliffe has done a terrific job with the program. But the Blue Devils are still 3-7 overall and just 1-5 in the ACC.
In short, it’s a game the Yellow Jackets will win if, you guessed it, they stay focused.
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