We're inching ever so close to the halfway point in the summer long MTB College Sports Bucket List and today we're back to the world of FBS football. It's simply one of the single best rivalry names of all-time... You can't get better than "Clean Old-Fashioned Hate."
No. 54 - Georgia vs. Georgia Tech (FBS Football):
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well the picture below from just this offseason should tell you all you need to know about the rivalry that is Georgia vs. Georgia Tech. At least from the Yellowjackets side of things.
I mean, seriously... that's a pretty extreme level of hate if you ask me. Going to the lengths of making your wedding cake about hating your college sports rival, ya that's a bit much. But I guess welcome to the south where college football is king and seemingly just about anything goes when it comes to pissing off your rivals.
But back to the game at hand, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate got it's start off the field before a game was even played. It was a battle for the school colors as Georgia Tech and Georgia both originally used Old Gold and Black in their school colors.
Georgia's head football coach hated yellow, saying it symbolized "cowardice" and soon after the first game, in 1893, the color disappeared from the uniform as Georgia Tech kept the Old Gold along with White as school colors.
more after the jump....
The first on the field meeting was Nov. 4th, 1893 and it was a 28-6 win for Georgia Tech. Overall the rivalry stands at 62-39-5 in favor of Georgia. Despite the disparity in the record the Yellow Jackets actually hold the longest win streak in the series at 8 straight (1949-1956). Recently it's been all Georgia though, as they've won 10 of the past 11 games in the series (including 7 straight from 2001-2007).
It's also interesting because on a national scale, at least until recent history, Georgia Tech was the better national power. They've won four national titles (last in 1990) to UGA's two (last in 1980).
Why is this rivalry called "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate," though? It's hard not to know when you see the following:
Georgia Tech students can often be heard asking the question "What's the Good Word?" to the answer "To Hell with Georgia" which also is the most famous line to their official school song "The Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech", and they even have an unofficial school song by the name of "To Hell With Georgia," which is to the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Of course, it doesn't end there for the fans of the Ramblin' Wreck. One of the most famous parts of this rivalry was the stealing of the UGA statue. Students put both Athens and GT police through a scavenger hunt just to find the stolen statue. Of course they've also stolen the famed Chapel Bell, heck it's even happened during and after sporting events.
The hate from Georgia came early on with accusations of illegal recruiting activities by GT as early as 1906 (see recruiting scandals are indeed nothing new). They've also been involved in numerous attempts, both successful and unsuccessful, in stealing the famed Ramblin' Wreck car at Georgia Tech and if you ask some fans of UGA they won't eat mustard just to spite GT.
The last act of hate in this one is probably the single most contentious point ever in the history of these two schools - Georgia was the vote that prevented GT from rejoining the SEC (they were a charter member) after leaving in 1964 and made the Yellowjackets independents in football from 1964 to 1979 when they joined the ACC.
Many would think this would be a game much higher on the list, but it's dominance by Georgia is something holding it back, well that and the fact that there is a major discussion amongst the UGA fanbase as to who their biggest rivals actually are (Florida and South Carolina are up there as well). It's certainly one of the best historical games and as a result it lands close to the halfway mark and is a game I personally can't wait to see sometime, preferably at Georgia Tech.