Tech a 12.5-point underdog to Georgia

Georgia Tech is 0-6 straight up when it has been a double-digit underdog since coach Paul Johnson's hire. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Georgia Tech is 0-6 straight up when it has been a double-digit underdog since coach Paul Johnson’s hire. The Yellow Jackets, however, are 3-0 as an underdog this season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The sportsbooks have assigned a rather large number to the Georgia Tech-Georgia game. The Bulldogs opened as 14.5-point favorites over the Yellow Jackets Sunday, although it had been reduced to 12.5 as of Monday morning.

As you might deduce, it doesn’t bode well for the Jackets on the field. Under coach Paul Johnson, Tech has taken the field as a double-digit underdog six times and lost all six games. In three of those games, though, Tech was competitive and perhaps a play or two from winning each.

Further, Tech has won all three games this season in which it was the underdog, Virginia Tech (+7.5), Pittsburgh (+3.5) and Clemson (+1.5). (Lines from covers.com)

The win over Virginia Tech represented the largest upset (by point spread) that the Jackets have achieved since Johnson’s hire. Tech has won four times as a 7.5-point underdog.

Lines, results for Tech-Georgia

2013 +2.5 L, 41-34
2012 +14.5 L, 42-10
2011 +4.5 L, 31-17
2010 +14 L, 42-34
2009 -9.5 L, 30-24
2008 +7.5 W, 45-42

Widest point spreads against Tech in Johnson’s tenure

Team, year Line Result
Florida State, 2012 +15.5 L, 21-15
Georgia, 2012 +14.5 L, 42-10
Georgia, 2010 14 L, 42-34
Virginia Tech, 2010 13 L, 28-21
Clemson, 2012 +11 L, 47-31
Clemson, 2013 +10.5 L, 55-31

2014 upsets

Team Line Result
Virginia Tech +7.5 W, 27-24
Pittsburgh +3.5 W, 56-28
Clemson +1.5 W, 28-6

Biggest upsets in Johnson’s tenure

Team, year Line Result
VT, 2014 +7.5 W, 27-24
USC, 2012 +7.5 W, 21-7
UNC, 2012 +7.5 W, 68-60
Georgia, 2008 +7.5 W, 45-42

 


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