By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson pounced on a politely phrased suggestion that the state rivalry with Georgia has been a little lopsided in recent years.
"A little?" asked Johnson, drawing a laugh. "I think it's been a lot lopsided."
Georgia coach Mark Richt can preserve state bragging rights for the Bulldogs in Saturday's game. Georgia is 11-1 in the rivalry under Richt. Its only loss in that span came in 2008, Johnson's first season.
Johnson would earn high marks for his second win in six tries against the Bulldogs.
Georgia Tech and Georgia share identical 7-4 records, so the game will help define each team's season.
Hutson Mason will make his first start as Georgia's quarterback. Aaron Murray's record-breaking college career ended with a season-ending knee injury last week.
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