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How and what to watch for No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia

UGA got a huge win over Auburn last week, could they have a bit of a hangover this week?

Georgia Bulldogs mascot, “Hairy Dawg” performs during the first quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Georgia Bulldogs had an impressive win last weekend against a top-10 foe Auburn, beating them pretty easily by a margin of three touchdowns. This week the undefeated Tennessee Volunteers come to town, will they prove a tougher test than the Tigers did?

Georgia struggled a lot in Week 1 against Arkansas, especially in the first half. A win was in doubt for much of the game until they pulled away, outscoring the Razorbacks 32-3 in the second half. Quarterback Stetson Bennett didn’t start week one, but led the furious comeback and orchestrated the win over Auburn as well. He has 451 yards with three touchdowns and no picks through just over six quarters of action. UGA also has elite backs at its disposal win Zamir White, who’s averaging five yards per carry and has three TDs of his own.

In Week 1 the Vols barely escaped South Carolina with a victory, but they did look very impressive last week at home in a win against Missouri. QB Jarrett Guarantano has looked fine with two passing TDs and 449 yards through the air, which is less than Bennett even though he’s played two more quarters. Tennessee has a more well-rounded running game, with Ty Chandler leading the way with 176 yards and a TD and Eric Gray not far behind with 145 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vols are scoring 33 points per game on average, but Georgia’s defense is one of, if not the, best in the country. There’s a reason they held a top 10 team to just six points last week, and they have insane talent at all 11 positions. The Bulldogs have one of the best run stopping teams in the nation, which takes away the focal point of the Tennessee offense. Georgia is going to force Guarantano to beat them with his arm, something that won’t be easy as that secondary is excellent.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch this game Saturday, October 10th at 4:00 ET on the SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee at Georgia (-12)
Point Total: 42.5
Money line: Tennessee (+410), Georgia (-460)

  • Tenn is 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10
  • The total has gone under in six of Tenn’s last seven games
  • Georgia are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine
  • The total has gone over in six of UGA’s last eight against Tenn

The Best Bet

This is without question the toughest game the Vols will have played so far this season, but you can’t for sure say the same thing for Georgia. They dismantled Auburn last week and their defense has held both teams to 10 points of less this year. Georgia’s offense is rolling now, but their defense could hold Tennessee to single digits on the scoreboard

Pick: Georgia -12.5

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