What is Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate?

    Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is one of college football's oldest rivalries, contested annually between Georgia and Georgia Tech. When did this rivalry start?

    One of college football’s oldest rivalries, Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate kicks off again on Saturday. The rivalry has mostly lived up to its branding since its inception in 1893. Contested between Georgia and Georgia Tech, the 117th meeting of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate commences Saturday.

    What is Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate?

    Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, contested annually between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

    One of four ACC-SEC games contested during Rivalry Week, Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate has been played 116 times since 1893.

    Currently, Georgia is on a five-game winning streak against Georgia Tech, though the Yellow Jackets have kept it relatively close amidst Georgia’s incredible run over the last few seasons.

    History of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

    The nickname of this rivalry game is seemingly fairly accurate as the game has been a fair, back-and-forth contest over the years.

    The rivalry started with some good, old-fashioned smack talk. When Georgia Tech was selecting its colors for its sports teams in the late 1800s, the students chose “old gold.” Previously, Georgia’s first football coach called the color “weak” and dropped it from the original color scheme for the Bulldogs, so the Georgia Tech football team chose to wear it in its first unofficial game in 1891.

    The contest was evenly matched in the early 1900s until Vince Dooley arrived at Georgia in 1964 with Georgia Tech holding a slight edge at the time. Dooley won 19 of his 25 games against the Yellow Jackets. Aside from a brief run of success under Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech has fallen behind since then.

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    Since 1991, the Bulldogs have won 26-of-31 games, including five straight. Georgia Tech still holds the longest winning streak in the rivalry with eight consecutive victories between 1949 and 1956. Georgia currently holds a 70-41-5 series lead.

    Saturday, the two meet in the 117th iteration of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.

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