Georgia rush offense vs. Tennessee rush defense
The Volunteers have struggled to stop the run in the last two weeks,
giving up 264 yards to Auburn and 217 to South Carolina. Auburn's
Carnell Williams had 185 yards last week, but the Bulldogs have gained
only 193 yards on the ground as a team in the last two weeks. Georgia
coaches aren't sure they can run right at anyone, and they probably
won't try today.
Tennessee rush offense vs. Georgia rush defense
Georgia isn't paying much attention to the Volunteers' last game
against Auburn, in which Tennessee's tailbacks carried the ball just
nine times and the Vols had just 4 yards rushing. "We know enough about
Tennessee to know they want to run the football and they do it very
well.," VanGorder said. "We've played the run well but not as well as
you might think based on the statistics." The Bulldogs are third in the
conference and 14th in the nation in rush defense (82.4).
Georgia pass offense vs. Tennessee pass defense
If they had to be completely honest, Georgia's coaches would probably
say they feel confident they can throw the ball against the Vols.
Tennessee is seventh in the conference in pass defense (200.8) and they
gave up more than 280 against both teams they've played who throw the
ball effectively (Florida and Marshall). If Reggie Brown is healthy, he
and Fred Gibson can exploit Tennessee's man coverage tendencies.
Tennessee pass offense vs. Georgia pass defense
The Vols opened up their offense out of desperation last week and
"they did it so well that it really concerned me," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. Using lots of no-huddle, Tennessee threw for 355 yards
against a good Auburn defense. Georgia's defense, at least its
secondary, might be a little better, though. If Tennessee is ineffective
running the ball, VanGorder will send safety Thomas Davis on blitzes
often and make it tough for UT quarterback Casey Clausen.
The last two games in this series, Georgia has won thanks in part to
special teams. Two years ago, Damien Gary returned a punt for a
touchdown. Last year, the Bulldogs blocked a punt for a safety and
blocked a field goal. However, Georgia is struggling on special teams
this year, and Tennessee is playing as well in this area as it has in
three years. UT punter Dustin Colquitt (48.6 yards per kick) is the best
special teams player in the conference. Georgia doesn't want it to come
down to special teams again.
The Bulldogs pulled out a dramatic victory on their last trip to
Knoxville, but the fact remains that it's their only win their since
1980. This Georgia team hasn't shown the poise of the last two on the
road, losing 17-10 in its only conference home game of the season, and
Richt remains concerned about his offense's consistency. Neyland Stadium
isn't a good place to get well. Tennessee 24, Georgia 16.
Key to the Game
A healthy Reggie Brown would make a tremendous difference for the
Bulldogs. In the last two games, one played without Fred Gibson and one
played without Brown, Georgia has struggled against the blitz and
man-to-man coverage. In the first three games of the season, the
Bulldogs took advantage of blitzing teams and man-to-man with
regularity, and at least part of the reason was they had two standout
wide receivers. It's much tougher for defenses to single cover two great
receivers rather than just one.
Keys to the Game
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