Georgia Football dominates Tennessee in statement win

ATHENS, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 05: Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 05: Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Georgia Football beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 27-13. The Bulldogs’ passing offense led the way, as Stetson Bennett threw for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns. Conversely, the Volunteers’ offense couldn’t get anything going all game, as they had only 1 touchdown.

The game started out with Georgia making progress in moving the chains. After getting two first downs, things went south as Daijun Edwards fumbled the ball and Tennessee took over.

Despite having the ball in good field position, the Volunteers could not get six and had to settle for three. Georgia immediately responded to their turnover by putting themselves into the red zone on their first offensive play.

They would end up scoring six behind a QB rush from Bennett. What followed next was three punts total by both sides. On the second punt, Tennessee was in horrible field position at their own 4.

They ended up getting bailed out from a safety, but that wouldn’t stop Georgia from getting excellent field position. They would take advantage of it, and get a touchdown on the first play of that drive.

After another short drive and punt by Tennessee, the Bulldogs went back to work. The six-year QB cooked again, and Georgia found the endzone once again.

Hendon Hooker finally went to work and got the offense working. They had a solid drive, but penalties forced the Volunteers to settle for three.

After a Georgia punt, The Volunteers had a chance to make it a one-score game. The offense was moving down the field, until Hooker under-threw a pass and Keele Ringo came up with the interception.

The Bulldogs would turn that interception into a field goal. The score was 24-6 going into halftime. Quite simply, the Volunteers couldn’t cook up a miracle and fell to the Bulldogs.

Georgia Football dominates Tennessee in statement win

Tennessee lost this game due to dumb penalties, and poor secondary play. A lot of the flags in this game for the Volunteers were pre-snap penalties. Going into this game, I knew the secondary was bad but I wasn’t worried about them committing penalties.

Looking at the rest of the season, I expect them to win out. This isn’t really a hot take, considering their remaining opponents are Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

While they certainly have a great season that will most likely end with an NY6 bowl bid, if they want to make the playoff, they will need a little bit of help.

Pending an upset, Georiga will represent the SEC East in the SEC title game. Obviously, that means, Tennessee will not have that extra game to prove they are playoff worthy.

It also does help that Clemson most likely got eliminated from the playoff after their loss to Notre Dame.

They will still need Oregon to not win the Pac-12 title to have a clear road to the playoff. Assuming TCU doesn’t lose to Texas (and wins out the rest of their season), Michigan/Ohio State takes one of the two spots in the college football playoff, which leaves one spot left. The SEC champ takes another spot.

If Georgia wins the conference title, Tennessee will be the second-best team in the SEC. If Georgia Football doesn’t win the conference title, the Volunteers become the third-best team in the SEC and it gets really hard to keep them in.

It does help a lot that Bama will most likely not win the SEC west, and therefore Georgia will have an easier matchup in the title game. For now, let’s assume that LSU wins out and represents the SEC West. Additionally, for now, let’s assume that Georgia beats LSU in the title game. With those two reasonable conclusions, the path to the playoff gets a lot easier.

Georgia Football is the best team in the country. This game made that statement true. Despite the sloppiness against Kent State and Missouri, the Bulldogs have wins against Oregon and Tennessee.

Combine that with an unbeaten record, and that makes you the best team in the country. I expect them to win out the rest of the way. Mississippi State will be their hardest game, but it shouldn’t be that much of a game for long.

I expect the Bulldogs to beat Mississippi State easily and win out their schedule. Assuming they win out, you can make an argument that they have clinched a spot for the college football playoff in this game.

I wouldn’t eliminate them from playoff consideration if they lost in the title game, but they aren’t exactly complete locks either way.

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I would say that this game proved to me that Georgia Football was able to overcome the sloppiness against mediocre opponents and beat a truly great team. This win at least clinched a top 5 or 6 spot at the end of the season for the Bulldogs (assuming they win out) and made them the best team in the country.