Week 14, Rivalry Week SEC Football Picks Against the Spread

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Nov 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Hutson Mason (14) drops back against the Florida Gators during the second half at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

#16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at #9 Georgia Bulldogs (-13), Saturday, November 29, 11AM CT, SEC Network

When the Georgia Bulldogs take the field Saturday in Athens, they will either be the SEC East champions, or the division runners up.

Friday’s slugfest between Arkansas and Missouri will determine whether or not the Tigers are headed to Atlanta, or if the Dawgs can back themselves into the title game following upset losses to South Carolina and Florida.

Depending on Friday’s results, Georgia may either be looking ahead or feeling sorry for themselves. Either way, it could impact their focus, which is dangerous considering they face the best Georgia Tech team in recent memory and their tricky triple option offense.

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The option itself hasn’t given Georgia much trouble in recent years – they’ve won 12 of the last 13 games in the series. But, both teams are 9-2, which is the best combined record heading into the annual in-state rivalry game since 1966, and Georgia has lost two games this season they should have won.

Additionally, this will be Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s first crack at Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Johnson’s scheme. Add it all up, and UGA could be in for a rude awakening Saturday. After a sluggish start, Georgia pulled out a dramatic 41-34 double overtime victory last season in Hutson Mason’s first start. A similar result is likely this year.

Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 31

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