The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0 SEC) travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the Volunteers (5-4, 3-3 SEC) this Saturday at 3:30. This will be the final SEC regular-season game for the Bulldogs who are looking to go unbeaten in regular-season conference play for the first time since 1982.


Tennessee enters this game following a 45-42 victory over Kentucky. First year head coach Josh Heupel has the fast-paced Volunteer offense clicking on all cylinders as they lead the country in seconds per play with 20.6 seconds. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart on facing Tennessee’s offense, “It’s so different. It’s hard to prepare for, and you can’t simulate it with your team unless you do it.”


The Volunteers are led by Virginia Tech transfer quarterback Hendon Hooker. Hooker is having a career year as he currently ranks first in the SEC in yards-per-attempt and QBR. Hooker is also a threat on the ground as he has rushed for 457 yards and 4 touchdowns to go along with his 21 passing touchdowns.


Georgia’s no. 2 rushing defense will be facing a new challenge than some of the previous rushing attacks they have faced. While the Tennessee offense operates largely out of the spread and up-tempo, the rushing attack is still a large focal point as they currently rank third in the conference in rush-attempts per-game. Kirby Smart mentioned, “Half of college football is playing condensed formations now and everybody is in a teacup where everybody is right next to the ball. All of a sudden, these guys got two guys outside the numbers. It’s not an air raid offense. They are a shot team and pound you out team.”


Both Stetson Bennett and JT Daniels saw time at quarterback last week against Missouri. Stetson Bennett received the start and threw for 255 yards and a touchdown with 232 of those yards coming in the first half alone. Daniels entered the game midway through the third in his first return to action since Vanderbilt. Look for Georgia to use both quarterbacks during this game but expect Bennett to receive his 6th-straight start.


Georgia is a three-score favorite and are looking for their 5th-straight victory over the Volunteers. The game will air on CBS as Georgia’s top-ranked defense may be facing its biggest threat in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.