After finally vanquishing the Florida Gators for the first time in eleven years, the Tennessee Volunteers have a chance to seize control of the SEC East and put one foot into the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta when they travel to Athens, GA to play the Georgia Bulldogs. Many experts have picked Tennessee to win the division and should they beat Georgia, it would take a meltdown of epic proportions for that to not happen.
The aforementioned game against Florida was a tale of two halves (as have many of the games so far this season, just ask Ole Miss) as the Vols went into the locker room at halftime trailing 21-3 and getting booed out of the stadium by their own fans (the second time in three home games that had happened). The second half didn’t start out amazing either as Josh Dobbs threw an interception of Tennessee’s first drive. But the defense stepped up big time and the Vols offenses finally found their mojo and reeled off 38 unanswered points to win by the comfortable score line of 38-28. While Vols fans rejoiced after beating Florida for the first time in over a decade, it wasn’t without some cost as Jaylen Reeves-Maybin was injured in the first half and his status for the Georgia game is in question. Additionally Cam Sutton is still out with an injury that will force him to miss extended time. Throw in the fact that this will be Tennessee’s first true road game of the season and the Vols could be in for a rough time in Athens.
Georgia did not have a good game against Ole Miss. Jacob Eason played poorly, Nick Chubb was wholly ineffective and the defense had no answers for Chad Kelly. Georgia was down 17-0 at the end of the first quarter, down 31-0 at halftime and lost the game 45-14. The status of Chubb is up in the air for the Tennessee game as coach Kirby Smart said that Chubb is trying to do everything he can to work his way back from a sprained ankle. But should Chubb be unable to play, the Bulldogs have a very reliable backup in Sony Michel. But for the Bulldogs to have a chance to beat the Vols, Jacob Eason must play much better. He was very good in his first true road start against Missouri two weeks ago (he threw a 20 yard TD pass on 4th & 10 with the game on the line) and is certainly capable of doing so again.
- This is Tennessee’s first true road game of the season and it’s also the first time they’ve left the state of Tennessee for a game this year.
- For all of the disparaging remarks thrown the way of offensive coordinator Mike DeBord by Vols fans, Tennessee is averaging a very robust 33 points per game.
- Tennessee has not beaten Georgia in Athens since 2006 when the Vols won 51-33.
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
Tennessee leads 22-21-2
Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
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Tennessee @ Texas A&M
Georgia @ South Carolina