Georgia Bulldogs vs. Tennessee Volunteers Preview and Prediction
Some of my thoughts are now up over at Bleacher Report, so be sure to check them out there. As I’ve said previously, I don’t think this is a game that Georgia can afford to take lightly. Tennessee is a team defined by turmoil (at least given recent history) but still a team loaded with SEC talent and a team playing in front of one of the largest crowds in the country.
Accordingly, the DudeYouCrazy crew is not taking this game lightly. We have a full preview coming up on the DudeYouPodcast later today, but in the meantime, here area few things to watch for at this weekend’s game.
- Live Blog – We will be bringing live coverage on Saturday. Tune in to the site at around 1:30 p.m. and keep tabs as I survey the scene at Neyland Stadium and Chad the Intern and Daniel Palmer weigh in from their respective couches.
- Todd Gurley/Keith Marshall - I’m not a doctor and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but TODD GURLEY SHOULD NOT PLAY THIS WEEK! Rest him, get him healthy, feed Marshall (who absolutely balled out against UT last year) and move on. Georgia can win this game without Todd Gurley. However, anything less than a fully recovered Gurley could hamper the Dawgs in the long run.
- Stop the Run - Tennessee likes to run the ball. One of the best offensive lines in the country makes that possible. If Georgia can hold the Vols to under 100 yards on the ground, this could be real ugly for the Volunteers
- Wrap up in the Secondary - Tennessee likes the short passing game already, and they Vols will rely heavily on quick routes to eat clock while opening up the running game. Georgia’s young defensive backs (Langley, Wiggins, etc.) must wrap up on open field tackles.
Glad to have another bye week this week. I am beat!—
UGA Special Teams (@UGASpecialTeams) October 03, 2013
Georgia is going to win this game, and I think the “hangover” that so many of us fear is going to be proved nonexistent. Richt said yesterday’s practice was one of the best of the season. Georgia seems focused for this game, I trust the players’ ability to execute and I can’t question a coaching staff that has defeated two Top 10 teams in the last month. Combine all of that with the flagrant holes for the Vols, and this game just might get out of hand. Georgia wins by 20.
In closing, here are some of our previous thoughts on Tennessee via the Preseason Previews:
- Previewing Tennessee Part I: High Expectations and Willie Martinez Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Gasoline
- Previewing Tennessee Part II: Panel Discussion
That’s all I got/