The defending national champion No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs host the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers in a marquee matchup that will have big implications for the SEC Championship Game. College football game.

According to ESPN’s analysis, the winner of this game has a 99% chance of winning the SEC East.

Georgia enters the scene with a streak that has been lopsided in recent years — tied for the longest in streak history — with all five wins by more than 20 points.

Tennessee wants to change the Heisman Trophy-favorite Hendon Hooker At the helm. Hooker has 21 touchdowns this season, second only to Peyton Manning (23) in eight games in program history. Many of them are gone Jalin Hyatt (14), who is on pace to become just the third receiver in SEC history to catch 20 touchdown passes in a season.

Here are the best moments from Tennessee-Georgia:

Marketing conflict

Georgia defensive lineman Jaylen Carter The Vols forced him back. Jaylen Wright. to punt, giving the ball to the Bulldogs, but Tennessee immediately returns after the defensive back Trayvon Flowers Running back was done Branson Robinson Sal in the next game.

Georgia adds three

The Bulldogs started a 15-play, 67-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal by kicker. Jack Podlesny. Georgia’s drive took more than eight minutes.

Preparation of the first half of the meal


Georgia isn’t bad on offense either. After getting a punt on the opening drive, Georgia scored three of its next four touchdowns and amassed 306 yards of offense in the first half. Quarterback Stetson Bennett He handled Tennessee’s pressure-based defense well, throwing for two scores and running for another. The Bulldogs ran the ball well whenever they wanted. They also had a lot of success in the UT secondary, which had two big buses. Georgia’s offensive line stymied Tennessee’s defensive front, giving Bennett plenty of time to throw and plenty of room for his running backs to run.

On the other side of the ball, Georgia’s defense did a good job pressuring the UT quarterback. Hendon Hooker. The Bulldogs avoided turnovers in the secondary and kept the Vols’ speedy wideouts in front of them for the most part. — Mark Schlabach


The crowd was deafening in the first half, and Tennessee repeatedly put itself in third-and-long situations, which is exactly what coach Josh Heppel said the Vols need to avoid. The Vols committed back-to-back false start penalties after punting inside the Georgia 10-yard line in the second quarter. Such was the half for the Vols, who had struck out three times in their last eight games after striking out a total of 18 times.

Tennessee has been explosive in the passing game all season, but the Vols haven’t been able to hit any big plays down the field in the first half.

But more importantly, Georgia was better down the stretch in the first half. The Vols couldn’t put any pressure on Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, who had plenty of time to pick apart the Vols’ secondary. Tennessee was safe running the ball and didn’t have an offensive play longer than 17 yards. That’s after entering the game with an FBS-leading 36 plays of 30 yards or more.

Backed by McGrath’s two field goals, it was the first time Tennessee had gone through a half without scoring since a 34-27 overtime victory over Pittsburgh in Week 2. — Chris Lowe

point before the break

The Bulldogs scored one more goal before the game and scored as the clock expired. Georgia went into the locker room leading Tennessee 24-6.

It is loud in Athens


The crowd vote has played a big role for the Vols so far. Tennessee committed five false first penalties with 9:56 left in the second quarter.

Georgia’s Twitter account noted the errors before the penalty.

Tennessee cuts into the lead

Tennessee’s 11-play, 56-yard drive ended with a field goal as Georgia’s defense tightened up on their home side.

Tennessee Trails 21-6.

A hot start for Bennett

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett He looks like a Heisman Trophy candidate to play at Sanford Stadium on Saturday — at least so far.

The previous walk accounted for three touchdowns to give the Bulldogs a 21-3 early lead over the No. 1 Volunteers. The first came on a 13-yard scramble in which he sacked a blitzing UT player and kicked another into the end zone. The second was a 37-yard pass. Ladd McConkey Right side down. McConkey made a bad move on UT’s safety Doneiko Slaughter to slide through it. The third was a 5-yard strike. Marcus Rosemary-Jacques In the back of the end zone. Bennett completed 6 of 10 passes for 156 yards in the first quarter. He has withstood UT’s pressure so far. — Mark Schlabach

Dawgs hit fast.

It took the Bulldogs one game to extend their lead Stetson Bennett found Ladd McConkey for a 37-yard touchdown.

Georgia leads 14-3.

Bennett finds the end zone

UGA quarterback Stetson Bennett Received found Ariane Smith Georgia on a 52-yard pass to get into Tennessee territory. On third down at the Vols’ 13-yard line, Bennett showed off his mobility on a slide and pylon dive for the score.

After the extra point, Georgia leads 7-3.

The Vols will make the Bulldogs’ performance big

Bulldogs running back Dayjun Edwards He fumbled on the opening drive, which led to a Volunteer field goal. Tennessee leads 3-0.

That was a good stand by the Georgia defense after Edwards fumbled on the opening possession. The Volunteers took over at the UGA 47, but the Bulldogs forced a long field goal from the UT kicker. Chase McGrath. The noise of the crowd was early; The Volunteers had two false starts on their first possession. — Schlabach

Views of famous people

Cleveland Browns running back and Georgia students Nick Chubb And there are more stars in the building to watch the Bulldogs battle the Vols.

Updates from Sanford

As expected, Georgia receiver Adonai Mitchell He doesn’t play with volunteers. He’s not wearing a warm-up uniform. The sophomore out of Missouri, Texas, has been sidelined with an ankle injury and hasn’t played since Georgia’s 33-0 rout of Samford on Sept. 10. He had five catches for 69 yards and one score in a 49-3 rout. Oregon in the opener. He is one of Georgia’s best deep threats, and quarterback Stetson Bennett He could have used it against Tennessee’s shaky secondary. — Schlabach

What should you know about voles?

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said the Vols need to be as healthy as they have been all season.

Cedric Tillman.Led by Tennessee last season, figures to provide a boost to an already potent receiving corps. He played limited snaps last week against Kentucky, and Heupel said he found him on the “pitch count” after missing the previous four games.

Heupel said Tillman will be “ready to roll” against the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3 Tillman creates matchup problems with his size and athleticism, especially with speed. Jalin Hyatt And his 14 touchdowns on the other side.

Tillman has been practicing full speed, but the Vols wanted to make sure he was 100 percent before returning to play. Tillman had ligament surgery in September to repair a high ankle sprain. — Low

What about them dawgs?

There is no doubt that Georgia’s defense will miss its senior linebacker Nolan SmithLed the Bulldogs in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hurries. Georgia is a versatile defender who has moved around a lot and is one of the most experienced players on the team.

But the Bulldogs struggled to get pressure on the Volunteers’ quarterback. Hendon Hooker Whatever it is. Hocker gets rid of the ball quickly with Tennessee’s quick step. He has excellent eye discipline and doesn’t make too many mistakes, which is why he only has one interception this season.

Georgia cornerbacks — Kelly Ringo And Kamari Lassiter — They must play well on the perimeter to slow down the Vols. Tillman will face a big challenge trying to contain UT’s receivers. Bruce McCoy And Hyatt

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said the Bulldogs will have to adjust and do well on the fly against UT’s speed.

“They’ve got a lot of steps to use and they can go as fast as anybody in the country. They practice it, they preach it, they do a great job of examining themselves and figuring out how to go fast. And it’s got to be our job. We can match that level of flexibility.” — Schlabach

It’s in Athens.

What could be the biggest game in Sanford Stadium history is still hours away, but thousands of fans have flocked to Athens from all over.

Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning is here. So does former Georgia defensive back and NFL Hall of Famer Champ Bailey. Country music star Luke Bryan arrives on a private jet for “College Game Day.” PGA Tour golfers Kevin Kisnera Georgia student and past US Open champion Gary Woodland It is expected to arrive from Justin ThomasWedding in Nashville sometime Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs have hosted many big games at Sanford Stadium over the past 93 years, but perhaps none more so than Saturday’s, which will likely decide the SEC East title and who will play in the SEC Championship Game. The winner will clinch the College Football Playoff, while the loser will need help from other teams to make the top four.

It was the first top-five matchup at Sanford Stadium since 1983 when Bo Jackson and No. 3 Auburn ended Georgia’s 23-game SEC winning streak with a 13-7 win.

“It’s a big game, isn’t it?” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “There’s nothing about being number one up front. It’s going to be a big game, because both teams are in the East.” — Schlabach

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