Start fast. In four wins this season, Georgia has outscored its opponents 79-17 in the first half. Alabama, however, jumped out to a 31-0 lead and effectively destroyed any game plan the Bulldogs had. Georgia needs to start quick and force the struggling Tennessee offense to play catch-up in this game. With Tennessee a heavy underdog in a must-win game, the Bulldogs need to go for the knockout early and not let the Volunteers hang around in a close game.
Get after the quarterback. Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez has been reluctant to blitz regularly, and Alabama’s John Parker Wilson made the Bulldogs pay with quick passes on three-step drops. Tennessee’s Nick Stephens has just one start under his belt, and Georgia’s pass rush -- and blitz packages – should be able to take advantage of Stephens’ lack of experience.
Control the line of scrimmage. This was Georgia’s downfall against Alabama. The Crimson Tide were dominant in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Georgia’s pass rush should be more effective against Tennessee’s sluggish offense, however, but the Bulldogs’ offensive line needs to prove it can open running lanes against one of the nation’s most fearsome defenses. Knowshon Moreno has 10 rushing touchdowns this season, but Tennessee has allowed just one touchdown on the ground all year.