|Richt's Dogs won't be overlooking Johnson's Jackets|
Yesterday, I heard a talk-radio host speculate if the Bulldogs might be overlooking Georgia Tech this Saturday for their game against Alabama the following week...
Yeah, yeah, we've all heard it before, particularly from the wishful-thinking North Avenue Nerds.
You may doubt Coach Richt on a number of things, which many of us have done the last several seasons, but something that can hardly be questioned is his success against the Eternal Enemy. Richt has a spectacular 10-1 record versus the Yellow Jackets after head coaches Goff and Donnan combined to go 7-5 against them.
What's more, Richt's teams normally play even better against Tech than the so-called experts forecast, covering the spread in 8 of the 11 contests.
And, as far as the same situation as this upcoming Saturday -- Georgia facing the despised Jackets after having already clinched the SEC East with the conference title game still looming -- Richt's Bulldogs have been perfect in four attempts, exhibiting no signs of "overlooking" Georgia Tech whatsoever:
2002: 51-7 win as a 8.5-point favorite
2003: 34-17 win as a 10-point favorite
2005: 14-7 win as a 5-point favorite
2011: 31-17 win as a 4.5-point favorite
That's 4-0 with three games being won with little difficulty and relatively easy covers. In all, it's four victories by an average of nearly three touchdowns and an average cover of a whopping 13 points.
If the past is any indicator for the upcoming game against the Jackets, I think Richt will undoubtedly have his troops focused on Georgia Tech and, speaking of 13 points, Georgia's 13-point spread for this Saturday is destined to be covered.