As the game kicks off in Athens, this rivalry will continue to heat up. This is a matchup that over the last 5 or so years had been a circled win for Georgia. However, since Jeremy Pruitt arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee has been on the steady rise. This matchup will go down as another slugfest that these 2 teams are used to. As we compare, these teams are built very similarly, but at the same time, on different timelines. Georgia has built tremendous depth on defense by rotating a lot of players throughout the years, this builds depth due to a plethora of game reps. As you evaluate this matchup, you have to look at the factors that will contribute to the success of each unit, as well as the overall team effort. For Tennessee’s offense to be successful vs. Georgia’s defense, Tennessee has to first and foremost take care of the ball. Guarantano played great against Missouri, but he still has a propensity to turn the ball over. For the Vols, it should be a steady diet of Eric Gray and Ty Chandler and work the RPO game and play action off the run. This Tennessee offense is built with a lot of youth and inexperience. For Georgia’s offense, the key is to just continue to do what you do. This offense really popped behind a much improved effort up front by the UGA OL. For Georgia, it’s great to see a second WR step up in Kearis Jackson. For Tennessee’s defense, disrupt the run, win 1st down, create havoc on 2nd down, and force UGA into 3rd and long so that you can put heat on Bennett. The question is what is my prediction? I think Georgia’s defense will continue to harass opposing QBs, create havoc, thus creating opportunities for Stetson Bennett and the offense. They will capitalize on those opportunities and the Dawgs will win 34-17.
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