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No matter the state of the program, Tennessee tends to give Georgia a tough game just about every year.
In 2011, the Vols finished 5-7 with one SEC win, and Georgia barely survived against them, eking out a 20-12 road victory. Last year, Tennessee stumbled to an identical record before firing Derek Dooley, and the Vols gave the Bulldogs all they could handle before falling 51-44 in Athens.
The best thing that can happen for Georgia heading into this game is Tennessee losses against Oregon (on the road this weekend) and Florida (at home on Sept. 21). Neyland Stadium holds more than 102,000 fans, and a few losses by the Volunteers might leave some tickets unused.
In two games against outmatched opponents (Austin Peay and Western Kentucky), Tennessee has shown where its offensive strength lies: on the ground. Quarterback Justin Worley has been more than respectable throwing the ball, but a big and physical offensive line has paved the way for UT's 555 rushing yards. That will remain the trend for the Volunteers this season.
Defensively, Tennessee still lacks depth, and Mike Bobo's offense should be able to reach the end zone with some frequency. Ultimately, Tennessee's offense won't be able to make this game a shootout like last year.
Georgia wins on the road.