Having officially booked a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game last week, Georgia will travel Saturday afternoon for one of their toughest tests yet, as the Bulldogs take on Tennessee in SEC football action. The Bulldogs have owned this head-to-head matchup recently by winning the last six-straight, with Tennessee’s last win coming back in 2016.
Beginning with a look at the home team, Tennessee enters Saturday ranked as the nation’s No. 18 team according to the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, and are sitting at 7-3 overall for the year, as well as 3-3 in SEC play. Led by head coach Josh Heupel, the Volunteers are however coming off what was their worst loss of the season, falling on the road at Missouri by a final score of 36-7.
Offensively, Tennessee is currently averaging 32 PPG so far this season, and are led on that side of the ball by quarterback Joe Milton III. Joining the aforementioned Milton in the Volunteers backfield is the running back trio of Jaylen Wright, Jabari Small, and Dylan Sampson, while Tennessee has a pair of primary receivers in Squirrel White and Ramel Keyton.
The Volunteers defense is allowing 20.2 PPG to opponents, and have one of SEC football’s top pass rushing trios this year in James Pearce Jr., Omarr Norman-Lott, and Tyler Baron, with the three having combined for 18.5 sacks so far this season. Tennessee’s top tacklers include the likes of Elijah Herring, Aaron Beasley, and Wesley Walker, while Jaylen McCollough and Kamal Hadden are tied for the team-lead with three INT’s.
Special teams for Tennessee is headlined by kicker Charles Campbell, who is a perfect 37-for-37 on extra point attempts this season, while Jackson Ross is the Volunteers punter. Tennessee also has a primary returner in Dee Williams, who handles both kickoffs and punts.
Led by head coach Kirby Smart, Georgia is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings, and are sitting undefeated at 10-0 overall for the year, as well as 7-0 in SEC play. Having clinched the SEC East, the Bulldogs have also not lost since the 2021 SEC Championship Game.
The Bulldogs offense ranks No. 6 nationally with an average of 40.6 PPG, and are led by one of the conference’s most efficient quarterbacks in Carson Beck, who owns a 72.2 CMP% this season. In addition to Beck, Georgia’s offense is headlined by a talented group of pass catchers that includes Brock Bowers, Dominic Lovett, and Ladd McConkey, among others, as well as the duo of Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton at running back.
Georgia’s defense also ranks No. 6 nationally with only 15.6 PPG allowed to opponents, and are led in tackles by the duo of Smael Mondon Jr. and Tykee Smith with 40+ each. Among the other names to know for the Bulldogs defensively are Javon Bullard, Malaki Starks, Kamari Lassiter, and C.J. Allen, among others.
The Bulldogs also have a primary returner in Mekhi Mews, who handles both kickoffs and punt returns for the two-time defending national champions. Peyton Woodring is the Bulldogs kicker, while Brett Thorson handles the punts.
Tennessee vs. Georgia Line, Spread, Over/Under
According to FanDuel, Georgia is a 10.5-point favorite over Tennessee as of Tuesday, November 14. Georgia is at -465 compared to +350 for Tennessee, while the over/under is currently at 58.5.
Tennessee vs. Georgia SEC Football Prediction
While the Bulldogs are still favorites in this contest for obvious reasons, this could be a dangerous game for Georgia. I’ll say that the Volunteers keep this game close on their home field, with the Bulldogs however escaping Knoxville with a close victory over Tennessee. Prediction: Tennessee 24, Georgia 28
What Channel is the Tennessee vs. Georgia Game On?
Tennessee vs. Georgia will be played Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 PM ET on CBS. The game will be played from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.
Tennessee vs. Georgia Live Stream
The matchup between Tennessee and Georgia can be found here on fuboTV.
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