Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Sanford Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -17 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Bulldogs will meet Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.
The Tennessee Volunteers have had two weeks to think about their disappointing performance against the Oklahoma Sooners and how to improve their offense. The Volunteers want to get back to being a physical football team but it’s hard to do that when the ground game is averaging just three yards per carry and the offensive line has allowed nine sacks. Jalen Hurd leads the Vols with 209 yards and Marlin Lane has chipped in 137 yards, but besides those two guys there’s been nothing. The lack of running success has put pressure on Justin Worley, who is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Worley will miss one of his top receivers in Josh Smith, who is out with an ankle injury. The Volunteers aren’t good enough on the outside to be a one dimensional offense. Defensively, the Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 343 yards and have forced six turnovers and five sacks. A.J. Johnson leads the Vols with 29 tackles and three tackles for loss, while Owen Williams has two sacks.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have been all about running the football in their first three games, as they’re averaging seven yards per carry and led by Todd Gurley, who is averaging close to 10 yards per touch. Georgia has five different players with at least one rushing touchdown and they’ve produced 10 running plays of 20 or more yards. Running the ball like that, the Bulldogs haven’t asked much of quarterback Hutson Mason, who is still completing 71.2 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Don’t expect anything different, as Georgia is going to look to run the ball down the Vols throat. Defensively, the Georgia Bulldogs are allowing 318 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and eight sacks. Amarlo Herrera leads the Bulldogs with 24 tackles and three sacks, while Ramik Wilson has 23 tackles.
The Volunteers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Georgia.
The last three meetings between these two teams have been decided by single digits. And while the Bulldogs are clearly the better team here, the Volunteers are usually prepared well and are still itching to get that marquee win that will put their program back on the map. Look for another close game that keeps you on the edge of your seat.