A look at UGA’s next opponent: Tennessee

NEXT FOR GEORGIA

Who: vs. Tennessee

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sanford Stadium

TV; radio: CBS; 750, 95.5

About Tennessee

Record: 3-1 (0-1 SEC)

Last time played: Georgia won 20-12 in Knoxville last season, getting three catches for 126 yards from Malcolm Mitchell and holding Tennessee to minus-20 yards rushing.

On offense: Tennessee is averaging 513 yards per game in total offense, second most in the SEC behind Georgia’s 530. … The Vols lead the SEC and rank No. 8 nationally in passing (341 yards per game). … Quarterback Tyler Bray has thrown for 1,301 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games. … Bray’s top targets are Justin Hunter (30 catches for 410 yards) and junior-college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson (19 for 259). … Tennessee’s experienced offensive line has allowed just two sacks. … Tailback Rajion Neal ran for 151 yards in last week’s 47-26 victory over Akron.

On defense: The Vols switched to a 3-4 alignment this season. … The Vols rank 74th nationally in rushing defense, allowing 164 yards per game (331 in a 37-20 loss to Florida). … Nose guard Daniel McCullers, a transfer from Georgia Military College, is 6-foot-8, 377 pounds. … Linebacker A.J. Johnson, a sophomore from Gainesville, leads the Vols in tackles with 31. … The Vols have intercepted eight passes in four games (four in the season-opening 35-21 victory over N.C. State in the Georgia Dome).

On special teams: Derrick Brodus made all four of his field-goal attempts, the longest from 37 yards, against Akron.

What you should know: Tennessee has not beaten a ranked opponent since 2009. … The Vols have an all-time winning record in Athens (10-9-1, including 9-6 in Sanford Stadium) but have lost their past two games there.

Coach: Derek Dooley, son of former UGA coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, is in his third season at Tennessee, which is 14-15 (4-13 SEC) during his tenure.

92 comments Add your comment

Blindog

September 25th, 2012
3:49 pm

Gary

September 25th, 2012
3:57 pm

With the return of all our starters on defense, I think Tennessee should have a tough time staying in the SEC lead in passing. I look for JJ to live in the Tennessee backfield and keep Bray on the ground. I see a couple of pick sixes in our future too. Go Dawgs, 5-0 here we come!

Show Me Your TDs

September 25th, 2012
4:02 pm

Frank Lane

September 25th, 2012
4:10 pm

I think that I running game will be too much for them and that will open the passing.

Max Sizemore

September 25th, 2012
4:13 pm

Andrews is going to need some help from Gates/Lee and Burnette.

CHDawg

September 25th, 2012
4:16 pm

I watched the NC State game some, and I was extremely impressed with the Vols. Very explosive playmakers, and great athletes everywhere I looked. Dawgs are going to need the best effort of the year to beat TN. Go Dawgs.

Show Me Your TDs

September 25th, 2012
4:21 pm

Someone else will have to make the plays for defense…will probably double team JJ this game, with their backs or TE.

CHDawg

September 25th, 2012
4:30 pm

Something I think I have noticed from watching last year–Ogeltree is one of the leaders/spark plugs on our D. Everybody seems to play better. I think getting him and Rambo back will be bigger than many realize. We will see, but I am hoping for a big afternoon out of the D.

TennMan

September 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Georgia will choke on Rocky Top again!

BigOrange

September 25th, 2012
4:35 pm

This game won’t even be close. Our passing game if far superior to your running game. Aaron never wins the big game and he won’t again. Go Vols!!!

CABO

September 25th, 2012
5:03 pm

UT will claim they were looking ahead to playing Open on Oct 6, a game in which they should be favored. Dawgs cover and own the state of Tennessee for another year.

J Dawg

September 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

BigOrange you may be correct in saying this game won’t be close. But you have it backwards as there is no way UT blows out UGA. And as for Murray winning the big game, he will next week when we play South Carolina. Thats the first big game we have this season. Your Vols are a middle of the road team. Go Dawgs!!!

CHDawg

September 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

Talk is cheap, but it is absolutely free on the AJC Blogs!

azdawg

September 25th, 2012
5:41 pm

Dawgs center will have his hands full w/the 6′8″, 377lb NG. As noted above Andrews will need a helping hand. Having Tree and Rambo back just in time. TN can pass on anyone and will move the ball . Just have to make them one dimentional by stopping the run and hopefully get some picks from the secondary. TN has rained on GA’s parade in the past at Sanford so coaches have to get the guys ready to play. Jump on them fast and don’t let up. GO DAWGS.

Daytona Dawg

September 25th, 2012
5:57 pm

I agree with J Dawg. I was kinda surprised to hear Big Orange call the UT game “the big game.” I wouldn’t even call a game against UGA “the big game.” We’re getting better, but I’d like to see us prove it again & again throughout the season.
Go Dawgs!!

Outer Banks Dawg

September 25th, 2012
5:57 pm

This Dawgs team is hungry and motivated. Reading the comments from the players, you get the sense that this is a completely different Georgia team. The leadership from Murray and the other veterans is exciting to see. You can tell how much the coaching staff is enjoying this group because they are focused on football. Can’t wait till Saturday!

DannyJ

September 25th, 2012
6:08 pm

HEY UGA Give ol’ Smokey a BONE!!!!!!!!!!

BigDawg

September 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

Our time, our team, no regrets! GATA! Didn’t Missouri have a vaunted passing attack also? Tyler Bray will be throwing beer bottles at cars from his balcony again, wonder if he can hit them. This would have drawn a tough suspension at UGA! Derek, you are no Vince!!

BobDawg

September 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Every game gets bigger and better from hear on out (except Ky)…. I’m interested to see if the D is in synch with Ogeltree and Rambo back and how they mesh with the other players…

Tim-Buck-Two

September 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

Lawdy mercy… it’s only Tennersee. Whip that ass and send em back north!

Go Dawgs!! GATA!!!

Bitter _ick

September 25th, 2012
7:33 pm

—-Leave that BLUE TICK at home vol fans———-ole smokey cant help yaaa

—————keep sleeping with relatives and get over your selfs

——————–BLAhahahahahaah

godawg

September 25th, 2012
7:38 pm

Tied 23-23 at halftime with the Akron Zips last week…nice…

Northside Dawg

September 25th, 2012
7:41 pm

I wonder if Abry Jones will play in this game?

True Dawg

September 25th, 2012
7:42 pm

If the Vols can’t stop the run, why would we even throw it with the 2 freshman studs we have. Except for the occasional deep ball to keep them honest. Then in the secind half, after their hearts are bruised, lets just give it to Boo and Samuel IV and stomp em flat! WOW…. can I call the plays for this game?

DawgNole

September 25th, 2012
8:10 pm

“The Vols have an all-time winning record in Athens (10-9-1, including 9-6 in Sanford Stadium) . . . .”
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Two different places?

JaxDawg

September 25th, 2012
8:11 pm

Tn will hold up for one half like they did against Fl and the game will be close. Second half gets ugly because of thier depth issues and we put them away like we did last year but this time it’s worse… 41-17 Dawgs!!!!!

DawgNole

September 25th, 2012
8:12 pm

BobDawg
September 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Every game gets bigger and better from hear on out (except Ky)….
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…..and Ole Miss and Ga Southern.

ZinoDawg

September 25th, 2012
8:13 pm

The Tree is back……here comes the Boom!

Dawgs 48
Vols 17

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JaxDawg

September 25th, 2012
8:32 pm

@ZinoDawg- Tree and Rambo…. I like it 48-17!!

BigOrange

September 25th, 2012
8:41 pm

Tenn 49 GA 38 neither team has a defense

William

September 25th, 2012
8:43 pm

Tennessee is better than we give them credit. It will be a lot closer than it should. Remember how teams get up for us. I say 28-20 Dogs.

BigOrange

September 25th, 2012
8:45 pm

Also, GA loses the important games

GB's Hamburgers

September 25th, 2012
8:46 pm

They are not much better than Vandy so how about 42-17

JaxDawg

September 25th, 2012
8:52 pm

@BigOrange- If I had to take a D right now it would definitely be UGA’S they played very vanilla earlier in the year and all of our guys are back now. Not to say UT does not have fire power to put up points but when you got a gut like Jarvis Jones it makes everyone better. Mark my words UGA pulls away in the second half…

Dawg1

September 25th, 2012
9:06 pm

Bray:

For his career as a starter, in non-conference games he has 30 TD passes and only four interceptions. In SEC play, he has thrown 15 TD passes and 12 picks.

North ave. faithful

September 25th, 2012
9:09 pm

Dawgs roll again, the Vols cant tackle.

Capstone Man

September 25th, 2012
9:27 pm

As a Bama fan, I believe the Dawgs will be too physical and pull away in the early 4th qtr. Go Dawgs!!! or yes, the 3rd Saturday in October will be a nightmare for the Viles!!! RTR!!!

smitty

September 25th, 2012
9:28 pm

We saw what FL did with the big UT nose guard; he wasn’t a factor. That is likely to be the case against GA running off tackle and right at him. Dawgs have better backs than FL

Kathryn Roberts

September 25th, 2012
10:12 pm

@bigorange who will y’all get to coach next year? No way Dooley makes it back.

Huh?

September 25th, 2012
10:33 pm

This will be a very interesting game in my opinion. UGA really hasn’t played anybody of merit, and I think TN has enough weapons to make this a true test.

TN’s offensive line has protected Bray…they aren’t good at run blocking but very good at pass protection. I know that UGA fans expect Jones to sack the QB all the time, but Bray will get his yards, Hunter and Patterson will get their catches, and TN will be able to run the ball to some degree on UGA’s D-line. They will get some points.

The problem that TN has is on defense. As UGA fans can attest, switching to the 3-4 isn’t easy, and they are definately experiencing some growing pains. I think that TN’s poor defense is the story, and UGA wins late on a field goal.

Huh?

September 25th, 2012
10:35 pm

Kathryn….most people think that 8 wins will get Dooley another year. If you look at the schedule, 8 wins looks pretty doable.

doug dawgi

September 26th, 2012
4:50 am

yes, dawgnole. sanford stadium wasn’t dedicated until 1929. the series goes back before that.

dagadawgs

September 26th, 2012
7:04 am

Bad feeling about this one. Do the Dawgs come out flat like we seem to do at least once a year? Hopefully not looking ahead to the Cocks! One game at a time boys

Cal22

September 26th, 2012
7:07 am

Georgia fans are so pathetic. As any other SEC team (or their fans) know, never NEVER overlook an SEC opponent. You may beat Tennessee this weekend and you may only drop one game this year to Carolina or Florida, most likely the later. And because of that super soft schedule and a whole lotta luck, you may even make it to the SEC championship. But once again, you will poorly represent the SEC east because Bama is going to drop the hammer on you worse than LSU did last year. So what is wrong with the SEC from a national perspective? I answer you in one word… Georgia.

NCDawg

September 26th, 2012
8:11 am

UT fans- you need to watch the game film of Tyler Bray in the 2nd half of the Florida game. He can’t take a punch. Look at his face as he came off the field. He looked DEFEATED. That is not a leader. He gave up. He doesn’t like to get hit and he will get hit on Saturday.
I saw that face and I was shocked no one was talking about it. He looked whipped and that is unacceptable in a major college QB. He looks great when things are going right but watch what happens after he takes a few hits.

Lance

September 26th, 2012
8:46 am

Bray is highly over-rated. He is the master agianst DII teams and chokes heavly against SEC teams. Dear lord he can not even throw a beer bottle in a trash can without hitting a parked car!

chilidawg

September 26th, 2012
8:48 am

Thank you for that incoherent post, Cal22. I think you meant to say latter.

AltamahaDawg

September 26th, 2012
8:54 am

I would tend to agree with Huh? assessment of the game. (except for the winning on a late FG, which seems contradictory to what all he said).

I don’t see JJ living in the backfield, I don’t see shutting down Tn passing game. I do see them running it some, but not effectively.

And I agree that thier defence will struggled to stop the Georgia balance of ways they can move the ball. Appearantly I see that being a bigger factor in the score. It’s not a 3 point game. If there is a late FG in a closer than expected game, its to push it back out to a comfortable margin.

joe jenkins

September 26th, 2012
9:36 am

I don’t agree with huh at all…I think he is a tech fan. I think this will be a tough game..but one we should win…I think our D-line is worse than our secondary. Jenkins is the only one getting pentetration in the back field. G.smith or ray drew needs to finally step it up. everybody will be back for this game…so no more excuses. This will be the best offense we have played yet. I hope our o-line will continue to get better in this game…We have to have this game…these next four games will really tell what kind of team we will have.