It has been almost a full year since the Tennessee football program has lost a game. This is by all means a great accomplishment in the SEC under a third year head coach. Coming off an impressive win against Missouri with arguably the most talented offensive line in the country, Tennessee fans alike believe they’re poised for an upset against Georgia.
Tennessee and their impressive offensive line, will be matching up against a roster with talent and experience unlike any of the previous 8 teams they’ve played against. This is true for both sides of the ball. Ty Chandler has been explosive these first two games, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. You can expect that number to be almost cut in half in Athens. The dawgs will be looking to maintain one of the best rushing defenses in the country, allowing only 2.3 yards per carry so far this season. Georgia will make a statement early by shutting down the run game, leaving Jarrett Gaurantano to have to win the game with his arm. He will have to protect the football, be consistent, and convert on third down against a very elite defense to have a chance at winning this game.
On the other side of the ball, Tennessee’s rushing defense has been allowing nearly 3 yards per carry. Georgia has recruited very well on the offensive line, and Zamir White and our tandem of running backs are more than up for the challenge to carry the mantle for “RBU”. Expect Tennessee’s defense to give up far more rushing yards this game than they did against South Carolina or Missouri. Despite Georgia’s success running the ball, we know that Georgia can’t simply win by running the ball the entire game. Stetson Bennet doesn’t have to become a front running Heisman contender for Georgia to win this game, but he will have to be able to sustain drive’s and make key throws when Tennessee stacks the box. As long as Bennet is able to maintain the production he’s had the last two games, and continues to not turn the ball over, Georgia wins this game.
The one key factor in this game that neither Georgia nor Tennessee can control, is the weather. At 3:30 PM in Athens this Saturday, there is about a 50% chance of rain. As we all know, rain can be disastrous for teams in college football. If it rains hard enough to have a significant impact on the players ability to make cuts, maintain traction, and have control of the football, than this game could go in any direction. We’ll know for sure when the time comes. But for now, were only sure of what these teams can control. And Georgia will be in full control of this game by the middle of the third quarter as the dawgs move on to 3-0.
Georgia: 31, Tennessee: 13.