Georgia Tech has opened as a 4 ½-point underdog to Georgia. If the line holds, it would be the narrowest spread for a game played at Sanford Stadium in coach Paul Johnson’s tenure. It reflects the perception, evidently, of Tech’s chances for an upset on Saturday. By ESPN’s metrics, Tech has a 37.5 percent chance of leaving Athens with a win.
The last time that the spread was smaller was 2006, according to Covers.com, when Georgia was favored by a field goal. Tech, of course, has won outright twice in Athens since Johnson’s hire, in 2008 and 2014.
The past 20 Tech-Georgia games, with betting line and outcome. Since 2001, the Jackets have been the favorite just once.