Georgia vs. Tennessee Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia vs. Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (4-0) vs. Tennessee (3-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
If ever Tennessee needed to show up and be better than just mediocre, this would be the time.
The Vols have been less than scintillating, getting past Georgia Tech by the skin of their teeth, losing to Florida in a brutal heartbreaker – like Georgia doesn’t know anything about getting beaten on a big pass play – and then came last week, with a puzzling performance in a 17-13 win over UMass.
Beat Georgia, no matter how it looks, and the season is still alive. Lose, and with South Carolina, at Alabama, at Kentucky, LSU, and Vanderbilt still to play, it might be a fight just to get bowl eligible.
On a national scale, this is more about Georgia. If this is the team it’s starting to look like – as in, College Football Playoff good – this is the type of game it should win in an ugly blowout.
When challenged, the Dawgs shut down and almost shut out Mississippi State, the win at Notre Dame was better than you think, and all the pieces might be there to be special.
But first, it needs to come up with the revenge moment after this …
One Reason Why Georgia Will Win
The defense might be able to shut down the Tennessee offense to a dead stop.
Other than RB John Kelly, what is Tennessee doing well? Not a lot.
The passing game is just effective enough to not be awful, but it’s not the same without star WR Jauan Jennings – the one on the receiving end of last year’s thriller. The Dawg secondary has been a rock so far – MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald threw for just 83 yards last week with two picks.
But the bigger problem for the Vols is the run defense that should get ripped to shreds. The Bulldogs cranked up 203 rushing yards last week with MSU loading up to slow down the ground attack.
Tennessee’s defensive front has been better since the Georgia Tech running game went wild, but it’s still going to have a problem.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
Can the Vols control the field position battle?
It might not be sexy, but Georgia has been helped in a big way by its punting game. Tennessee can’t punt every bit as well, averaging close to 44 yards per kick with Trevor Daniel doing a solid job – he bailed the team out last week against UMass.
There might be issues for the Vols all the way around, but the O line has been solid, John Kelly has been great, and there’s just enough flash and talent to rise up in a game like this if the front five wins its share of battles.
As good as the Georgia offense might be, it’s not ripping teams apart. At home, in a desperation must-win game, Tennessee’s defense needs to hope this is the game Bulldog QB Jake Fromm plays like a freshman.
What’s Going To Happen
Georgia’s defense is just too good.
Tennessee is way too inconsistent to pull this off without being a +2 – at least – in turnover margin, and that’s not going to happen.
The Vols will ride the emotion to a strong first half, and then the Georgia offense will go on two efficient scoring drives in the second half to take control. The defense will take over from there.
Georgia vs. Tennessee Prediction
Georgia 31, Tennessee 17
Georgia -7.5, o/u: 48
5: “U bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 3.5
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