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Georgia RB Todd Gurley (left) and LB Jarvis Jones (right)
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET
This is a statement game for both teams.
For Tennessee, it's the biggest game of head coach Derek Dooley's career. It's a very volatile atmosphere in Knoxville right now. The high of the hot start of the season has been replaced by the low of blowing a second-half lead at home against Florida and struggling with Akron.
With a bye week and games vs. Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina coming up, the Vols desperately need to turn things around vs. the Bulldogs.
Rajion Neal looks like a capable running back and the potent passing attack led by quarterback Tyler Bray certainly can make this interesting, but the Vols have been outscored 50-47 in the last five quarters by Florida and Akron, so stopping Georgia will be Job No. 1.
The Bulldogs come in with an underrated offense but a lot of momentum, after throttling Vanderbilt last weekend. Todd Gurley has established himself as an every-down back, and the return (we assume) of safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree should translate to more offensive snaps for cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
Georgia was picked as the SEC East favorite due in large part to the schedule, but a statement can be made with a big win over an improved Tennessee team.
Score Prediction: Georgia 31 - Tennessee 20