No. 1 Georgia’s challenging home stretch of SEC regular season play continues on Saturday at No. 21 Tennesse.
For the Bulldogs, whose last two opponents were No. 11 Missouri and No. 13 Ole Miss, the trip to Knoxville marks their third straight game against a ranked foe. Georgia opened the season 8-0 but faced questions given the lack of ranked opponents on the schedule in September and October.
Tennessee cannot win the SEC East, but the 7-3 Vols still have an outside chance at their second consecutive 10-win season after last year’s 11-2 breakthrough. The Volunteers are coming off arguably their worst showing of the season, a 36-7 loss to Missouri in which the Tigers outscored Tennessee 23-0 in the second half.
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Georgia vs Tennessee Betting Trends
- Georgia, Tennessee ATS Records: Georgia 3-6-1, Tennessee 6-4
- Georgia, Tennessee Over/Under Records: Georgia Over 6-4, Tennessee Over 5-4-1
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Georgia vs Tennessee Analysis and Prediction
It’s hard to see Tennessee hanging with Georgia after what we saw from these teams last week. While the Volunteers lost big to Missouri, Georgia blew out Mississippi, which entered that game at 8-1, with its only loss coming against Alabama. The Bulldogs gave up touchdowns on two of the Rebels’ first three possessions last Saturday, but their defense dominated the rest of the way in a 52-17 romp.
That result, combined with its win over Missouri the week before, showed that while Georgia may not be as dominant as it was in ’21 and ’22, it made it hard to argue that this is once again the best team in the country.
Tennessee’s defense this year has been solid (the unit is ranked No. 29 by ESPN’s SP+), but it has struggled to stop the run in all three losses, especially against Florida back in September and Missouri last Saturday. The Vols were gashed for a total of 438 yards and five rushing TDs by the Gators and Tigers. Obviously, Tennessee is in for a long night this Saturday if it struggles to stop a Georgia running game that just trampled Ole Miss for 300 yards and 5 touchdowns.
As for the matchup between Tennessee’s offense and the Georgia D, Joe Milton and the Vols will need to play a nearly perfect game to keep this one close. Milton entered this season with plenty of hype surrounding what his big arm could bring to a dangerous offense under Josh Heupel. Tennessee has instead leaned on running backs Jaylen Wright and Jabari Small, though. In fact, Milton has thrown for 250 yards or more in just six of his 10 starts.
A few teams pushed Georgia early this season, and Missouri put up a valiant effort two weeks ago, but the Bulldogs feel like a safe bet to win this by two touchdowns or more. If you’re taking Tennessee and the points, you’re probably putting a ton of stock on the impact Neyland Stadium will have on the Dawgs. Coach Kirby Smart and Georgia have enough experience with tough environments to win this one comfortably, though, no matter how loud it gets.
How to Watch Georgia vs Tennessee
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Neyland Stadium — Knoxville, Tenn.
- Network: CBS