Georgia preferred to blow out Georgia Tech amid college football’s so-called “Rivalry Week.”

Georgia football will get a break from cold weather and a busy SEC schedule as Georgia Tech comes to town as a 33-point underdog.

Coach Kirby Smart has won four straight in what is now a one-sided streak, with UGA winning 17 of the last 20. The Bulldogs have won for the last four years by a 45-8.75 average score, including last season’s 45-0 romp in Atlanta.

The extended forecast for next Saturday’s Sanford Stadium calls for 60-degree weather and sunny skies as Smart’s senior class looks to set a school record for most wins by a senior group at the noon kickoff (TV: ESPN) in Athens.

Under interim coach Brent Key, the Yellow Jackets have had moderate success.

Georgia Tech is 5-6 and since Geoff has games at Pitt (26-21), over Duke (23-20, OT), at Virginia Tech (28-27) and at No. 13 North Carolina (21-17) won Collins was fired after a 1-3 start.

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“I don’t know much about them,” Smart said Saturday night after his team took first place with a 16-6 win in Kentucky. “Obviously we broke them a lot in the off-season…. I respect the rivalry.”

Key served three years in Alabama (2016-2018) as the Tide’s offensive line coach before joining Georgia Tech as assistant head coach and run game coordinator with Collins in addition to his offensive line duties.

“I have a lot of respect for Brent,” Smart said. “I know Brent well, I’ve known him for a long time.”

The Yellow Jackets will be playing for bowl eligibility and attempting to play in the postseason for the first time since the team went 7-6 in 2018 and lost 34-10 to Minnesota at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid the 2019 result when D’Andre Swift suffered a shoulder injury against Georgia Tech and then-rookie George Pickens was ejected after a scuffle. Swift was restricted and Pickens was suspended for the first half of the SEC championship game against LSU the following week, a 37-10 loss.

This is the first time Georgia has hosted Georgia Tech in Athens since 2020. This season’s game was canceled because the SEC limited its regular season to conference games due to the Covid pandemic.

Other SEC betting lines released on Sunday:

State of Mississippi at Ole Miss (-3)

Arkansas (-5) in Missouri

Florida in the state of Florida (-9)

South Carolina at Clemson (-16)

Louisville near Kentucky (-3)

Auburn-Alabama (-21)

LSU (-9) at Texas A&M

Tennessee (-14) at Vanderbilt

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