Tennessee-Georgia Preview Capsule
No. 11 Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 25 Georgia (3-1, 1-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Tennessee by 3.
Series record: Tennessee leads 22-21-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Coming off a rousing victory over Florida, Tennessee can put itself in commanding position in the Southeastern Conference East by beating Georgia. Those are likely to be the Vols’ top challengers in the division race, and they would not only be leading the standings but have a tiebreaker edge over both. Georgia desperately needs to bounce back from last week’s dismal showing at Mississippi, where the Bulldogs fell behind 31-0 at halftime.
Tennessee DE Derek Barnett vs. Georgia’s offensive line. Barnett is a hugely disruptive presence who already has six tackles for losses, two sacks and three hits on the quarterback. The Bulldogs struggled to protect freshman QB Jacob Eason last week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tennessee: QB Joshua Dobbs. A dual threat who will test Georgia’s defense with both his arm and his legs, Dobbs is Tennessee’s second-leading rusher behind Jalen Hurd with 241 yards and four touchdowns. The senior is completing 57 percent for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns. He does have five interceptions.
Georgia: WR Isaiah McKenzie. The junior is a big-play threat, leading the team with 21 catches for 318 yards and four touchdowns in addition to being a dynamic punt and kick returner with five career TDs.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia star RB Nick Chubb is questionable after sitting out the second half against Ole Miss with a sprained ankle. If he can’t go, the Bulldogs can turn to veterans Sony Michel and Brendan Douglas, as well as freshmen Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield. ... For Tennessee, LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. (high ankle sprain) will miss his third straight game and CB Cam Sutton (fractured right ankle) is also out. But the Vols expect to have LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who missed most of the last two games with a shoulder injury. ... Tennessee has fumbled 12 times but lost only one. By contrast, opponents have fumbled eight times, with six of those recovered by the Vols. ... The last four meetings between the teams have been decided by a touchdown or less, with one going to overtime.