Georgia’s George Pickens ejected for fighting vs. Georgia Tech


But the mental preparation usually doesn't involve getting ready to face the No. 2 team in the country for an SEC championship and College Football Playoff berth.

Georgia is already without top receiver Lawrence Cager, who is out for at least the next several weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in practice earlier this month.

Georgia outscored Georgia Tech 35-0 in the second half in its third straight win, extending its domination of the series.

Fromm said Pickens' ejection was "tough" for the team. Pickens was ejected in the second half against Georgia Tech for throwing a punch.

"He's got to play better", Smart said.

Pickens and Georgia Tech cornerback Tre Swilling fought in the corner of the end zone after UGA receiver Dominick Blaylock's 9-yard touchdown, which gave the Bulldogs a 38-7 lead with 4:28 to go in the third.

Star running back D'Andre Swift was knocked out by a shoulder injury. "But we've got to help around him. They do things wrong, then they get punished". As Smart put it after the game, "we've had a merry-go-round of receivers".

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Pickens and Swilling received offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Georgia Tech's lone touchdown - Graham's 6-yard pass to Tyler Davis - was set up by a fumbled punt that was recovered at the Georgia 17. The loss of Pickens, a freshman, for the first half of the SEC title game was an unexpected hit to Georgia's depth. "He's got a shoulder contusion but we think he's going to be fine".

Pickens wasn't the only Georgia receiver missing at the start of the game.

Despite Fromm's optimism, there's reason for concern.

"We're ready, " Fromm insisted.

He had 33 catches for 476 yards and four touchdowns this season. He enters his third straight SEC championship game after failing to complete half of his passes in four straight games. The Yellow Jackets are rebuilding under first-year coach Geoff Collins.

Smart said Swift could have returned against Tech if the Bulldogs had needed him. If the Bulldogs come up short against LSU, it appears they'll be headed to the Sugar or Orange Bowl.