The Tennessee Volunteers have felt the sting of defeat from the Georgia Bulldogs for 4 long years and Georgia, who holds tradition as one of its key values will make a great effort to maintain that winning tradition against the Volunteers this week.
No. 12 Georgia (2-1, 0-1 SEC) will tee up against the Vols (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at noon in Stanford Stadium. Georgia will be up against a talented and massive line up of wide receivers ranging anywhere from a 6-5, 243 Jason Croom to a speedy 5-8 Pig Howard. Georgia will have to be alert and ready on defense to cover Tennessee impressive line up.
However, Georgia is mighty on the ground with an outstanding and highly respected arsenal. Todd Gurley will be used to rack up additional yards to deposit into his Heisman account and Keith Marshall looks to be game ready for the Dawgs despite having difficulties finding open spaces this season. Adding to the depth in the backfield, keep a look out for stand-out freshmen, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Of course, the Dawgs will be looking for Isaiah McKenzie and Michael Bennett on the wide receiver route and fullback Quayvon Hicks to make some big action plays to ignite Sanford.
Hutson Mason will have his pick of the pass or run game Saturday as he carries a 70% pass completion and no interceptions. Mason has taken a “team over me” approach to his senior year. Only having one year at Quarterback, Mason is more focused on winning games than building a SEC passing record. The run game is Georgia’s strength this season and Mason knows that’s how the team will gain points and overall wins. Winning gets teams go to Atlanta, passing records don’t. And pursuing the passing gains could lead to interceptions and Pick Six’s. Mason has good instinct and abilities to call the game, but his head is in the right place focusing on overall wins.
As the Dawgs close in on Saturday’s SEC rivalry between the hedges, the Bulldogs cannot forget how last year’s game panned out in Neyland. A battle by the river with several UGA players removed from the game due to injury and a last minute win for the Dawgs.
The Vols will be out for revenge as they travel down to Athens a 17-point underdog and having memories of failed close attempts to defeat the Dawgs. The outcome of this SEC match will come down to a few instrumental plays-Georgia and Tennessee games always do. This will be the Vols’ first conference game of the 2014 season and the Dawgs’ first home stand SEC game.
After UGA steamrolled Sun-Belt team, Troy, the Dawgs will be able to take that confidence into a competitive battle against the Vols to attempt. Will they be able to defeat the Vols 5 years in a row?