KICKOFF: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST
SITE: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
21-18-2, Tennessee leads
RECORDS:Tennessee 3-1, 0-1 SEC; Georgia 4-0, 2-0 SEC
KEYS TO THE GAME:
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-1, 0-1 SEC)
For Tennessee, the key will be containing Georgia's big-play abilities. The Bulldogs lead the nation in explosive plays over 20 yards with 35 in three games. The linebackers will be busy dissecting their play-action game. This game is all about defense for the Vols.
GEORGIA BULLDOGS (4-0, 2-0 SEC)
For Georgia, the key will be establishing a tone on defense. If they can get to Tyler Bray early he has shown a habit of getting off track and struggling to recover. Effect Tyler Bray and you effect the entire team, offense and defense.
— A win would give Tennessee its first 4-1 start since 2006 as well, when the Vols started 7-1.
— Saturday’s game against No. 5 Georgia will mark
the 28th consecutive year that the Vols have played at least one opponent ranked in the top 10.
— Tennessee’s last win over a top 10 team was against No. 10 Georgia in Athens, 51-33, on Oct. 7, 2006.
— Derek Dooley was an offensive graduate assistant for Georgia when current UGA Offensive Coordinator and QBs coach Mike Bobo was the quarterback of the Dawgs.
— This season, Georgia has scored 40-plus points in four consecutive games for the first time in school hisftory.
— Georgia has had three different 100-yard receivers and one in all four games this season.
2012 STAT LEADERS:
Tyler Bray — 94-148, 1301 yds., 12 TD/3 INT
Rajion Neal — 80 att., 356 yds., 3 TD
Justin Hunter — 30 catches, 410 yds., 4 TD
Aaron Murray — 69-104, 1092 yds., 10 TD/2 INT
Todd Gurley — 44 att., 419 yds., 6 TD
Michael Bennett — 19 catches, 275 yds., 2 TD
WHAT A WIN MEANS:
For Tennessee a win would be a huge step in getting back on track in 2012. The Vols got their confident cage rattled in a home loss to the Florida Gators. A win over the No. 5 team in the country would without a doubt restore confidence in not just the players, but the fan base as well.
For the Bulldogs a win puts them in complete control of the SEC east and is just another step towards the national championship discussion. Tennessee will definitely be the toughest test for the Bulldogs thus far. It is time to prove they are worthy of their No. 5 ranking.