Breakdown: Dawgs vs. Vols

ATHENS - A quick breakdown of Georgia's game with Tennessee.

Tennessee (2-1) at No. 12 Georgia (2-1), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Georgia by 17
Series Record: Tennessee leads 21-20-2
WHAT'S AT STAKE

Georgia begins a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games and might need to win them all to claim the East title, since South Carolina holds a tiebreaker edge over the Bulldogs. Tennessee coach Butch Jones is trying to re-establish the swagger of a once-prominent program that fell on hard times after winning the SEC East in 2007. The Volunteers have lost 28 of their last 30 games against ranked teams.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia defensive front vs. Tennessee QB Justin Worley. The Volunteers have already surrendered nine sacks, and the Bulldogs will be looking to add to that total. Worley should keep an eye on LBs Amarlo Herrera and Leonard Floyd, who have combined for five sacks out of the Bulldogs' 3-4 alignment.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee: MLB A.J. Johnson leads the Vols with 29 tackles, including three for losses. He also has an interception. Georgia coach Mark Richt calls Johnson "the catalyst of that defense, and probably the catalyst of the whole team."

Georgia: RB Todd Gurley should be well-rested after carrying the ball only six times in last week's 66-0 rout of Troy. He established himself as a leading Heisman Trophy contender by rushing for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening victory over Clemson, and did nothing to hurt his standing with a 131-yard performance against South Carolina.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia has won four straight in the series, including a 34-31 overtime victory in Knoxville last season.

Another victory by the Bulldogs would match their longest winning streak in the series. They also won five in a row from 1909-1924.

Tennessee's last victory over a ranked team on the road was a 51-33 victory against then-No. 10 Georgia in 2006.

Bulldogs WRs Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Justin Scott-Wesley (reported suspension) and Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) will all sit out their fourth straight game.

Tennessee has lost its SEC opener nine years in a row.

Seven true freshmen have started for the Vols.

Georgia QB Hutson Mason is completing 71.2 percent of his passes with four TDs and no interceptions.


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