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Clean old-fashion hate

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Call it Clean-old fashion-hate, or the series the University of Georgia has dominated in the past (59-39-5), but one thing is for sure, the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets don't like each other.

Like all in-state college football rivalries, the Georgia-Georgia Tech series has been known to divide families, and turn friends against each other, at least on game day.

A year ago, first-year Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson took his football team to Athens and broke a seven-game losing streak thanks to a second-half offense explosion, resulting in a 45-42 victory.

After years of being an underdog to their in-state rivals, Georgia Tech comes into the game as favorites. Tech, ranked seventh in the country, with a 10-1 record will play Clemson next week in Tampa for the ACC title.

Georgia has struggled this season, and is 6-5 after being stunned by the University of Kentucky last week in Athens.

When the two teams take to the Grant Field/ Bobby Dodd Stadium turf Saturday at 8 p.m. in an ABC kickoff, the Southern Crescent will be well represented.

At Georgia Tech, six players call Henry or Clayton County home.

Here is a look at local athletes who will be participating in the yearly Thanksgiving weekend tussle for the Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs:

Georgia Tech:

nMorgan Burnett: The junior from Clayton County went against family tradition when he signed with the Yellow Jackets. Older brother Cap was a member of the Georgia Bulldogs and had an interception against Tech during his career. Burnett, who starred at North Clayton, is a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets at safety, He had 10 interceptions in his first two years at Tech.

n Chris Jackson: The former standout wide receiver from Henry County is also redshirted an won't play Saturday. One thing is for sure, it's been a winding journey to Georgia Tech for the man listed as an A-back in Johnson's inregate offense. Jackson committed to Tech as a junior, changed his mind and signed with Nick Saban at Alabama, before transferring to Georgia Tech where he wil have three years to play starting next year.

Georgia:

Cordy Glenn: It's been a struggle for the University of Georgia this year, but not for Glenn, the former Riverdale standout.

Glenn, a sophomore offensive linebacker has played both guard and tackle spots this season for the Bulldogs. Glenn was named two the All-SEC second team by the league's coaches at the start of the year.

Glenn got his college career off to a fast start last year after making 10 starts and appearing in 13 games.

So throw out the records, because as the late Georgia Tech announcer Al Ciraldo would say, toe is about to meet leather.

Or as retired Georgia announcer Larry Muson might hope for the Bulldog nation: "We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot.

One thing is for sure its clean old fashion hate week and several former Southern Crescent high school football stars about to see the action up close and personal.