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Georgia vs. Tennessee: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online

Georgia vs. Tennessee: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online

The SEC on CBS Game of the Week will be the focus of attention for college football fans across the nation when No. 3 Georgia hosts number 1 Tennessee on Saturday in a battle of two SEC East foes looking to remain undefeated on the season. Not only does this massive showdown carry divisional implications within the nation’s toughest conference, they are obvious College Football Playoff implications also based on the first release of the rankings earlier this week.

The Bulldogs held the rival Florida last weekend 42-20, which included a fourth quarter surge after the Gators stormed back in the third quarter. Tight end Brock Bowers continued his stellar season, catching five passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. In the meantime, volunteers were sent Kentucky 44-6 last Saturday at Rocky Top in a game that was never in doubt. Quarterback Hendon Hookerone of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, he threw for 245 yards, passed for three touchdowns and scored one on the ground.

So what will happen Saturday in Athens, Georgia as these two SEC titans collide? Let’s break down the game and make a choice.

Georgia vs. Tennessee: Need to know

What is he doing? Nolan Smith’s mean loss?: Georgia received some terrible news this week when it was announced that star running back Nolan Smith’s season is over after he suffered a chest injury in a win over Florida. The senior had seven tackles for loss in eight games this season and three tackles before the injury. The timing couldn’t be worse for the Bulldogs.

The Volunteer offense is not only one of the most dynamic units in the country, but it operates at warp speed. The veteran presence Smith brings to the defense — including his familiarity with the defensive scheme — is irreplaceable. Coach Kirby Smart addressed possible substitutions on Monday.

“Well Robert [Beal] played,” he said in his press conference. “He played a little more snaps when Nolan got hurt. Chaz [Chambliss] did a good job getting in. It was great to have him back. I didn’t know he would have to play so much in that role. His hamstring is still bothering him. That bothered him a little the other night after the game. So it’s one of those that we’re going to see how it behaves and how it moves today. I’m looking for Marvin [Jones], all those guys are going. So nobody played anymore because it was just Chaz and Robert, really.”

Tennessee’s Hidden Power: The Volunteers rank second in the SEC in rushing defense (92.88 yards per game) and yards per play (2.90), which probably comes as a surprise to people who haven’t sat down and studied the Vols. They are tied for the SEC lead in fewest runs of 20 or more yards allowed (3), and the fact that they don’t give up explosive ground plays is a huge advantage against the Bulldogs.

Georgia likes to establish the run and run the play action. That was his identity during Smart’s tenure, and it still holds true even though Bennett has taken more control of the offense this year. If Tennessee can have the same kind of success vs. Kenny McIntosh, Daijun Edwards, Branson Robinson and the rest of the talented Bulldogs running back room, will have a chance to cause an upset.

Real Fighting Styles: If Tennessee is allowed to play its brand of football, it will beat every opponent it plays except for, perhaps, a hypothetical game with Ohio State. Smart knows how dangerous Josh Heupel’s offense can be.

“They go very fast,” Smart said. “They’re getting a lot of at-bats in terms of possessions, and they’re starting fast. I think our team has done a really good job of growing and improving throughout this year. And every week, including the off-week, it’s, like, I see significant progress. I really want to to continue to do that. We’re trending in the right direction in terms of improvement both offensively and defensively.”

Knowing that, it’s up to Bennett to make sure this game doesn’t turn into a race. That means sticking to the layout, avoiding negative plays, getting to third-and-short situations and turning red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. Generally speaking, time of possession isn’t as important nowadays as it was before the rise of offensive creativity. However, in this one it is important. Georgia needs to keep Hooker and the rest of the Vols offense at bay and not miss opportunities.

How to watch Georgia vs. Tennessee live

The date: Saturday, November 5 | Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: Sanford Stadium — Athens, Georgia
TV: CBS | Live Streaming: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (free)

Georgia vs. Tennessee forecast, tips

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I’m going to go out on a limb and lead Tennessee to victory. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll grab those points too, but this Tennessee offense is too good to be stopped by even a defense as talented and deep as Georgia’s. The Ox will run at warp speed, expose Smith’s absence while using Hooker and escape Jabari Small and Jaylen Wright on the ground to place pieces of the game over the top. Bennett won’t be able to keep up and the Vols will get their biggest win in decades. Forecast: Tennessee +8.5

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