According to nearly every college football analyst who has an opinion on this game, UGA should be on upset alert.
It’s almost to the point of - if everyone is saying there’s a good potential for an upset, how much of an upset would it really be? It’s like that 5 vs. 12-seed game in the NCAA Tournament where we’re all picking the 12-seed when we fill out our brackets.
People who are saying the Vols have a legitimate chance at getting a win in Sanford Stadium this Saturday certainly have valid reasons.
Butch Jones may have an inexperienced team, but this is still a very talented group with a great deal of potential. Though it’s still a rebuilding process, there are better pieces in place to compete than there were a few years ago under Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.
Tennessee also has the potential to create some problems for Georgia on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense.
The Volunteers have an impressive collection of wide receivers, and the UGA secondary has been as vulnerable as we all expected in the preseason. If defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt can’t figure out a way to get pressure on UT quarterback Justin Worley, he’ll have time to pick apart the Dawgs secondary and turn this game into a shootout.
Putting the Vols in third-and-long situations will be critical.
On the other side of the ball, the Georgia offense needs to continue to do what it’s done all season.
Let’s see a healthy diet of the best running back in college football, Todd Gurley. If he needs a rest, let Sony Michel and Nick Chubb continue to show why they’re freshmen who can immediately step in and make an impact in the SEC.
The Tennessee defense has put up decent numbers against the run this season, but they’ve yet to face a ground-attack as versatile and physical as what Georgia brings to the table.
As much as UGA fans seem to be weary of an upset between the hedges this weekend, the experts in Vegas aren’t quite so sure. The Dawgs enter as a 17-point favorite, which seems like an awful lots of points, in my opinion.
All the talk about how dangerous this Tennessee team can be combined with last season’s escape in Knoxville should have Georgia ready for Saturday’s contest.
The loss to South Carolina may have been disappointing, but the Dawgs still have everything to play for.
Sure, put them on upset alert against Tennessee. Go ahead and put them on upset alert for every game for the rest of this season.
It shouldn’t bother them. That’s the kind of pressure you have to handle if you want to compete for championships.
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