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Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is all about the run game in 2018

Nov 25, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back D'Andre Swift (7) dives for a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia's potential trip to the College Football Playoff may be contingent on a little bit of luck and a loss from one of the teams in front of them, but one thing is for sure, they first have to get by their bitter rivals in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday to keep their spot in the conversation.

Despite the entire state of football shifting focus to becoming more pass-happy on offense and subsequently increasing importance on pass defense, this game will be all about the running offenses and how each team's run defense will fare.

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Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate this season will come down to several key factors as Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, by default, will remove the Bulldogs best player on defense in CB Deandre Baker. Baker's prowess in coverage will certainly not be tested on anything more than a very limited basis against the Yellow Jackets.

Keys for the game in the Georgia-Georgia Tech matchup:

– Georgia is the nation's highest-graded tackling team: 94.8 tackling grade, missing only 56 total tackles as a team this season

– Georgia Tech's run-defense grade is the 43rd-highest among 62 Power-5 teams

– Georgia's run-blocking grade is No. 2 in the Power-5

– Georgia QB Jake Fromm possesses a 90.3 overall grade from a clean pocket

– Georgia Tech gets home with pressure on 33.0% of their pass-rushing snaps, 102 out of 130 FBS teams


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