Disrupt Erik Ainge
Tennessee’s stout offensive line has given up just two sacks this year, and quarterback Erik Ainge is taking advantage of the time. He has completed 66.3 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Georgia, which is fifth in the SEC with five sacks, must keep Ainge on his toes.
Run the ball
Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno have proven they deserve at least 15 touches per game each, and that they can find yards regardless of how spotty the blocking is. Tennessee’s pass defense is 11th in the SEC, but its run defense isn’t much better. Oh yeah, and don’t fumble. Moreno, the freshman, hasn’t fumbled yet. Kind of makes you nervous, doesn’t it?
Don’t be fooled by youth
It will be very tempting for Georgia to try to exploit Tennessee’s youth in the secondary. The Volunteers’ start a true freshman at cornerback and safety, but the Bulldogs better not force anything. Eric Berry, the safety, and Brent Vinson, the cornerback, each have an interception this year, and Berry ran his back 96 yards for a touchdown against Florida.
One to Watch
Defensive tackle Jeff Owens is a favorite of the media corps that covers the team because he answers questions honestly, insightfully and, often, humorously, but he goes unnoticed by most fans. It’s the life of a defensive tackle. Owens, who has 14 tackles, can make a huge different for the Bulldogs today if he can hold his own in the middle of the defensive line against what everybody agrees is the best offensive line Georgia has faced thus far.
All the college football fans who want a playoff system should watch Georgia very closely the rest of the season. The Bulldogs essentially are in a playoff for the rest of the season.Another conference loss would be devastating to their division title hopes Another win and they advance to next week while Tennessee drops back into the chasing pack. It shouldn’t be overlooked that the Volunteers have had two weeks to prepare for this game and are sure to be motivated since Georgia has won the last three times it has been to Neyland Stadium. That doesn’t change the fact that Tennessee has more holes than the Bulldogs. If Georgia doesn’t turn the ball over and holds the Vols to fewer than 120 rushing yards, it will advance to the next round.