At the beginning of the season, not many would’ve expected Georgia-Vanderbilt to figure heavily into the SEC East race. However, both teams have one loss in SEC play and the winner will take a huge step forward.
Saturday’s match-up is also the first time in this series both teams have been ranked in the top 25. After last week’s close loss to Mississippi State, Vanderbilt will be looking to rebound, while Georgia appears to be building some momentum after a 26-14 win over Tennessee.
Vanderbilt is searching for its fourth SEC win for the first time since 1982, which is also the last time it appeared in a bowl game. Georgia owns a 48-18-2 series edge over Vanderbilt. However, the Commodores pulled off a 24-22 upset the last time this game was in Athens.
Take a look at Vanderbilt's statistics because you wouldn't find much to be concerned about. However, the Commodores are sitting pretty with a 5-1 record and are in a three-way tie with Georgia and Florida for the SEC East lead.
Take a closer look at Vandy, and you see that they lead the SEC with 11 interceptions. They also lead the SEC with 19 QB sacks and they do not turn the ball over (#2 in the league in turnover ratio).
Penalties? They are also the least penalized team in the conference, averaging 36 yards-per-game in penalties.
The two keys to a Georgia win are limiting turnovers and protecting Matthew Stafford. Offensive lineman Clint Boling did an outstanding job against Tennessee last week by not allowing a sack.
He also proved to be a punishing blocker as the Bulldogs ran the ball to his side of the line about 10 straight times at one point in the fourth quarter and the Vols had no answer.
Boling and his teammates on the offensive line must keep the Vandy defense away from Stafford on Saturday for the Bulldogs to be successful. Georgia has done a great job, so far, limiting turnovers. The offense is second in the league with only six turnovers on the year.
The Bulldogs must continue their stingy ways, while trying to force more turnovers by Vandy. Penalties continue to be a problem for Georgia, even after a bye week. The Bulldogs must to overcome their self-inflicting penalties to achieve victory.
Matt Stafford, A.J. Green, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Knowshon Moreno continue to lead the number one total offense in the SEC and the number one passing offense in the SEC, while scoring 33 points per game.
Georgia has one of the top defenses in the league. If the Bulldogs limit turnovers and protect Stafford against the commodores, Georgia will win.
Saturday's SEC football game between Georgia and Vanderbilt in Athens will be televised by Raycom Sports with kickoff set for 12:30 pm ET.
The Silver Fox Forecast: Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 24