Greetings from Sanford Stadium for Georgia’s last home game of the year.
Of course, that makes it Senior Day.
Georgia Tech will play between the hedges for the first time since 2018 after the game was wiped out two years ago during the COVID-19 season.
The No. 1 Bulldogs are a 36-point favorite over a 5-6 Yellow Jackets team who are trailing an upset by a top-15 North Carolina team on the road.
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Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, who took part in the rivalry game in the 1990s, said players were shown video footage of games from back then and told about the history, but doesn’t think it has much impact.
“They don’t see it as relevant,” he said. “What is relevant to them is that probability does not equal reality and you cannot deviate from probability. These games are decided on the pitch, not on paper. If we learned anything last week, it’s that probability doesn’t equal reality. You have to go out and play well.”
He said he was referring to big favorites in last week’s tight games who were pushed – Michigan versus Illinois, Ohio State versus Maryland – or, in the case of Tennessee, at South Carolina and Florida at Vanderbilt, who were upset.
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9:15 am|Here are the Georgia Bulldogs recognized today
Georgia will honor 22 players in pregame ceremonies today on Senior Day.
There are 14 seniors: quarterback Stetson Bennett, outside linebackers Robert Beal and Nolan Smith, safety Chris Smith, offensive guard Warren Ericson, wide receiver Kearis Jackson, running back Kenny McIntosh, kicker Jack Podlesny, defensive lineman Tramel Walthour, walk-on wide receiver Randon Jernigan, walk-on snapper Payne Walker, walk-on kicker Matthew Sumlin, walk-on defensive back Joseph Daniels and walk-on wide receiver Nathan Priestley.
Seven redshirt juniors are also recognized: wide receiver Dominick Blaylock, defensive lineman Bill Norton, offensive linemen Warren McClendon and Xavier Truss, tight ends Brett Seither and Ryland Goede, and snapper William Mote.
Walk-on defenseman Payton Bowles, who is listed as a sophomore redshirt, will also participate.
“There’s not a huge star cast,” Smart said. “There will not be 15 draft picks. But there are some people who really care about UGA and have sacrificed a lot to this program
We’re trying to speed it up a bit to make sure we’re sending them in the right direction,” said offensive tackle Broderick Jones.