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Mental Focus and Preparation
In many ways, Georgia will win this game in preparation. With all due respect to in-game alterations and game-planning, the Bulldogs' biggest hurdle will come during this week of practice.
Since the end of last season, Georgia's tough early-season schedule has been the talk of the town. Having survived that brutal stretch with a 3-1 record, Georgia must now refocus and prepare for three games against lower-tier SEC East opponents. The first such matchup is this weekend against a Tennessee team that tends to give the Dawgs trouble.
Georgia needs to come out sharp against the Vols, and the key to that will be focus on game day and diligence during the practice week.
Survive Without Gurley
Georgia running back Todd Gurley injured his ankle in last week's win over LSU. Although listed as day-to-day, a full recovery, not a premature return, is the priority for the All-SEC back.
Georgia must lean on Keith Marshall and freshmen running backs J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas to carry the load on the ground. Marshall ran with purpose against LSU, and both Green and Douglas have made big plays at big times for the Bulldogs.
Stop the Run
After allowing over 210 yards per game on the ground in their first two games, the Bulldogs have held their last two opponents (North Texas and LSU) to just 84 combined rushing yards. If Tennessee's offensive production thus far is any clue, the Vols will want to pound the Bulldogs on the ground.
This season, Tennessee has averaged 215.4 yards per game on the ground and just 154 yards per game through the air. Georgia must stop Rajion Neal and the Volunteers' ground game.