The Georgia Bulldogs will take the week off as they hope that when they return to action, Todd Gurley will be with the team. The rest of the big boys are in action this weekend. There will be a beat down on Saturday at the Georgia Dome that will not involve the Falcons. The Dirty Bird fans should not worry because the Falcons will still have a busy Sunday, across the pond as they play their 2nd game in as many years in London.
Georgia Southern vs Georgia State
The Georgia Dome will feature two schools from the state that utilize the GSU acronym. That is where the similarities end. These institutions maybe only are 3 hours in physical proximity but they are light years away from each other in the football universe. The Eagles bring in the number 1 rushing attack in the nation that is averaging in insane 7.0 yards per run play. They are 4-0 in the Sun Belt, while the Panthers are 0-4 in the conference. This game won’t be close after the 2nd quarter if it gets that far.
Prediction: Ga Southern 44 Ga State 10
Georgia Tech vs Pittsburgh
The Yellowjackets are officially on a slide after a strong 5-0 start. They will try to change their luck against the Panthers of Pittsburgh. Tech has the 5th best rushing attack in the country but Pitt is slouch in that department either as they are ranked 20th in the same category. A win or loss for either team will go a long way in the Coastal Division of the ACC. Pitt doesn’t score at the rate of the Jackets but they play much stiffer defense. This week Tech will continue its slide on the road and effectively move out of the Coastal race.
Prediction: Pitt 27 GaTech 21
Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions
The Atlanta Falcons are in jolly old England this week to take on the Detroit Lions. The 5-2 Lions will more than likely be without former Georgia Tech superstar receiver Calvin Johnson but that shouldn’t matter much. The Falcons lack of pass rush will likely get them eaten up by UGA Alum Matt Stafford. The Lions have been winning this season with dominating defense that starts with their front four. This will be a major issue for Atlanta who will be playing with a make shift offensive line that has been decimated by injuries. The game will air around 9:30am EST and the time difference and travel may have a little effect on the game.
Prediction: Lions 28 Falcons 10
Keith B. Holt
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