Saturday, October 10, 2020, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia., Kickoff Time 3:30 p.m. ET
Volunteers at Bulldogs Betting Preview: Volunteers (+13), Bulldogs (-13)
Coach Jeremy Pruitt says the Volunteers need to cut back on mistakes to have a shot against No. 3 Georgia in Athens Saturday. Though his team romped past Missouri 35-12 last week for their eighth consecutive victory, Pruitt saw things on video that gave a somewhat different picture.
“We ran one particular play 10 times in the game and only blocked it correctly four times,” Pruitt said. “We’ve got to eliminate those mistakes to give ourselves a chance to have more success. We’ve got lots of things that we need to work on.”
Still, the Vols did rush for 352 yards as right tackle Cade Mays made his first appearance of the season. The transfer from Georgia was ruled eligible on Sept. 30 and started against the Tigers three days later.
Certainly there will be familiarity between Mays and his former Georgia teammates when the two teams clash. Mays had 18 starts in 25 appearances in two seasons in Athens, including the Sugar Bowl win over Baylor.
“They’re used to going against Cade. Cade’s used to going against them,’ Pruitt said. “So they’re real familiar with each other.”
The Bulldogs are coming off a dominating performance in their 27-6 win over Auburn last week. Stetson Bennett was 17 of 28 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown and Zamir White rushed for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the unexpected romp, giving him a team-best 159 for the season. He has yet to lose a yard on 32 carries.
Kearis Jackson had nine catches for 147 yards, giving him a team-high 15 catches for 209 in the two games. Last year’s leading receiver, George Pickens with 49 catches for 727 yards, has only six receptions for 73 yards, but two have gone for touchdowns.
Georgia’s defense has dominated in holding its two opponents to just 16 points and 496 yards to total offense combined. Azeez Ojulari and Adam Anderson have combined for half of the teams’ 10 tackles for loss.
Volunteers at Bulldogs Betting Pick for October 10, 2020
Georgia has won the last three meetings in the series with Tennessee’s last win coming on a Hail Mary pass in a 34-31 victory in Athens in 2016. The Bulldogs won last year’s meeting in a 43-14 romp though the cast of characters has changed considerably since then. Still, the Bulldogs have played the last six quarters like the SEC contender most expected them to be
Volunteers at Bulldogs Betting Pick:, Bulldogs 35, Volunteers 20
Volunteers at Bulldogs Best Bet for October 10 2020
Jarrett Guarantano didn’t start last year’s game for Tennessee and threw only five passes, completing just one for 14 yards against the Bulldogs. He is off to a good start (33 of 54 for 449 yards and two touchdowns without an interception) so the Vols should be able to get enough points to keep things interesting for a while.
Volunteers at Bulldogs Best Bet: OVER 44.5
–Field Level Media