The Georgia Bulldogs may be considered the best team in the SEC this season, but with one loss already, they might be out of national title contention if the top-five teams in the nation keep on winning. Aaron Murray is leading a strong Heisman campaign and the schedule only gets easier from here on out.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Volunteers have had an up-and-down season in what looks like another rebuilding year under first-year coach Butch Jones. They are 3-2 and have played two ranked teams, losing by double-digit margins to both.
Like I said earlier, Murray is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation — quite possibly the best in the SEC. He is completing over 68 percent of his passes for 1,338 yards and 11 touchdowns through four games this season and he has gotten help from his talented receivers and the best running back in the nation, Todd Gurley. He has carried the ball an impressive 71 times for 450 yards and four touchdowns this season — proving to be the best back in the land, or at least in the conference.
Tennessee has missed Tyler Bray and Cordarrelle Patterson thus far on offense. Ranking 112th in the nation in passing yards per game behind Justin Worley is not going to win any SEC games against opponents like Georgia. Worley has 725 passing yards and eight touchdowns — nowhere near Bray’s numbers. Rajion Neal has been a bright spot on offense, carrying the ball 80 times for 468 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have allowed far too many points and yards for a team that was once one of the best defensive units in the nation a year ago. They have allowed an average of 32.5 points per game this season, granted they have played three top-10 teams. Tennessee hasn’t been much better, allowing over 30 points to the only ranked teams it has played.
Georgia will travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Georgia 37, Tennessee 21