College Football Picks Week 6: Why Tyler Bray Can Lead Tennessee Past Georgia
Through four games, Tennessee Volunteer quarterback Tyler Bray has been one of the best gunslingers in the SEC.
He has thrown for three or more touchdowns in all four games, with interceptions only coming in one of them.
Overall, he has thrown 1328 yards with a 68.5 percent completion percentage and 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
On Saturday, Bray will look to get his first SEC win of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium.
Home Field Advantage
In the world of college football, winning on the road is probably the most difficult feat to accomplish.
The Volunteers are 3-0 at home in 2011 and 12-5 at home since 2009.
You can expect Neyland Stadium to be electric on Saturday as the Volunteers look to avenge last years 41-14 loss to the Bulldogs.
3-0 in Night Games
Since taking over as the starting quarterback, Tyler Bray is 3-0 in games he plays under the lights.
He will look to improve that record to 4-0 when he takes on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday night at 7 p.m.
In those three night games, Bray has thrown for a combined 962 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
(Night game starts at 7 p.m. or later)
Doesn't Turn the Ball over
In order to win a college football game on the road against a worthy opponent, teams usually need to force turnovers.
Well, Tyler Bray has only throw two interceptions this season, and they both came on the road.
The Bulldogs have forced an interception in each of their first four games, but don't expect Bray to make too many mistakes Saturday night. He may throw one, but that won't be life or death for the Volunteers.
Georgia Pass Defense
Overall, the Georgia Bulldogs pass defense has been great this season, but the one elite quarterback they faced torched them.
Week 1, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore completed 28-of-34 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 victory over the Bulldogs.
Since then, the Bulldogs have shut down opposing quarterbacks, but when the best quarterback you faced in the stretch, Stephen Garcia, just lost his job, the run doesn't seem nearly as impressive.
Other than Moore, Tyler Bray will be the best quarterback the Bulldogs have faced this season, and he should be able to put up similar numbers to Moore's Week 1 performance.
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