The Georgia Bulldogs are the team that sits very firmly on the throne right no was the top dog, so to speak, in college football. They present a major puzzle to any opponent, but the Tennessee Volunteers hope they can get something going on a consistent basis as these teams meet up at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday.
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Kirby Smart‘s Bulldogs have made things look easy thus far. They started things out by stifling Clemson, holding the Tigers to just three points. And that was no fluke; they have allowed just five touchdowns and 59 points. They have covered six of their nine games.
Tennessee has been trying to get to the next level offensively under Josh Heupel, the former Oklahoma quarterback who had been head coach at Central Florida (UCF). At 5-4 (4-5 ATS), their only losses have come at the hands of teams that have been nationally-ranked at one point or another (Pitt, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama). Last time out they beat another formerly ranked team with a 45-42 victory over Kentucky.
Georgia would seem on a collision course to face Alabama in the SEC title game, although there’s quite a bit more football to be played.
In the college football betting odds that have been placed on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Bulldogs are a big favorite:
Georgia Bulldogs -20
Tennessee Volunteers +20
Over 56 points -110
Under 56 points -110
Tennessee believes it may be able to get plays off before Georgia is completely set on defense, and they have been more or less advertised as a fast-paced, high-octane outfit. But they haven’t exactly been lightning-fast in getting off snaps. In point of fact, there are 39 teams that have run more plays per game than the Vols.
We must, however, complement Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, a 69% passer averaging 10.2 yards an attempt who has the incredible ratio of 21 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Hooker also is a central part of the ground game, with 457 yards, as Heupel is simulating what he did at UCF.
But the pass protection hasn’t been stellar. On passing downs, the Volunteer offensive line has allowed sacks 17.1% of the time. Only three teams in the nation have been worse than that. And that is not the kind of thing you want against Georgia. Maybe the saving grace for Tennessee is that they have run the ball 59% of the time. But really, how far will they get by going that route?
JT Daniels was being hailed as a Heisman candidate before the season, but he got sidetracked with injuries and by now he’s simply been beaten out by Stetson Bennett, who is the better alternative, as he averages 11.8 yards per attempt.
The Volunteers can’t hang defensively. In the five games they’ve played against ranked teams, they’ve given up 204 points. Georgia may or may not have faced better offensive teams, but fundamentally this is a good matchup for the best stop unit in the nation. Lay the points.
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