This game has the potential to completely shape the SEC East. As I’m writing this, both teams are undefeated at 3-0. However, both teams have tough, ranked match-ups within the SEC this weekend. Tennessee takes on Florida while Georgia takes on Ole Miss. If both teams make it through this weekend unscathed, you could be looking at the prime game to decide the SEC East this season. Both teams have had a tough time getting their star running backs going. Georgia’s Nick Chubb is coming off of a season ending injury, and he just hasn’t looked the same. Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd has faced 7 or 8 man boxes most of the season as team’s try to force quarterback Josh Dobbs to beat them through the air. Considering Georgia freshman Jacob Eason threw 55 passes last game, I would expect things to open up for him in the run game.
This game could be a “trap game” for Tennessee. They will need to be on top of their game to take down Georgia. If they beat Florida the week before, it will be for the first time since 2004. This could allow the Volunteers to let their guard down and wind up not being prepared for Georgia. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones can’t afford that kind of letdown this season, so expect Tennessee to come into this game with a chip on their shoulder.