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Tennessee @ Georgia Game Preview
(12p, ESPN)
Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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Soooo...turns out I never posted my pre-season predictions. Oops. But, I can tell you that I identified several games as swing games for the Vols this year. And by "several" I mean more than last year, thanks largely to the influx of talent and another year in the Butch Jones system and strength and conditioning program.

All that to say, this Georgia game is one of those swing games.

Unfortunately, I also had it as one of the least winnable of the group.

On the road, with the Dawgs coming off a bye game (and, no, that is not a typo for those of you who are asking and likely aren't regular listeners of the Tony Basilio Show), with Todd Gurley getting some time to heal up, with stud WR Von Pearson, most improved WR Josh Smith, and, of course, our starting LT Jacob Gilliam still out. That doesn't spell success for our beloved Vols.

What does play in our favor, however, is the fact that, otherwise, we're relatively healthy, especially coming off a bye week that also provided more game preparation time. It's an early start, too, which I think typically favors the road team. And speaking of injured WRs, Georgia's missing arguably their best wideout in Malcom Mitchell from a passing game that is ranked near the bottom of the league. Of course, their ground game is tops, so it kind of balances out their weaknesses through the air. But I think the bad taste in the mouth of the young Vols from last season may help as well, and I like the way our defense has performed against the run so far this season.

Nevertheless, UGA--and why isn't it just UG like everyone else?--simply has more talent than UT at this point.

Expect a final score of...

Tennessee 20, Georgia 38

Despite the loss, I think our Vols will be more motivated than demoralized going into next week's revenge game at home against the teetering Gators. So....


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