Wednesday, October 5, 2005


SEC East Showdown in Knoxville.

The winner will be considered as the front-runner for the SEC East title. Florida showed last week they have some things to work on if they are going to beat top teams this season. Tennessee already has one SEC loss on the season and a loss would more than likely put them out the race as they still have to face Alabama. A Georgia loss and they can still recover. Tough games remain vs Florida and home against Auburn. These two teams mirror each other on offense and defense. The weak spot for both teams is thought to be the passing game because neither team's quarterbacks has showed the ability to pass the ball downfield for large chunks of yards consistently. Both will rely heavily on strong ground games to rack up points.

Defensively, both teams look solid. Turnovers against Florida helped account for 9 points against Tennessee; otherwise, they only gave up one touchdown. Georgia has held all their opponents under 20 this season. Tennessee's front four is one of the best in the nation, but it will going up against an experienced Georgia offensive line.

Both special teams have been average this season. The Vols recovered from an atrocious outing at Florida with improved performances against LSU and Ole Miss. Georgia has had solid play on special teams, but they are not considered a strength for the Bulldogs.

Both coaching staffs have been through these wars before. Tennessee has more experience and continuity on their sideline, but it shouldn't be a major factor.

The 100,000+ home crowd at Neyland Stadium will be a factor, but Georgia has won the last two meetings in Knoxville.

Tennessee will be playing its third game in 19 days, while Georgia has had two of the last three weeks off.

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