No. 2 Georgia vs. Tennessee: 10 bold predictions
Georgia will host Tennessee on Saturday in what many believe will be a one-sided affair. And why shouldn’t it be?
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 and playing like it. The Vols are 2-2 with two wins over mediocre teams and just got drubbed by Florida. The most points either team has scored in this series is 51. Is that in danger?
Here are 10 bold predictions for the Tennessee vs. Georgia game:
Georgia will lead by 21 points in the first quarter
The Bulldogs were lackluster in a 43-29 win over Missouri last week. Defense and special teams carried the day early. Georgia will want to prove it’s on the same level as Alabama this week. Look for the Bulldogs to take it out on the Vols.
Georgia will cover the spread by halftime
As mentioned above, Georgia will be motivated. The Bulldogs will be up by the 33-plus by halftime. The spread is 32.5. Speaking of the spread …
Georgia will win by exactly 33 points
Look for the Bulldogs to play a bit lackluster in the second half and the Vols to show some pride. According to threeforthemoney.win, there have been 88 games since 2003 with a closing consensus spread of 31.5 or 32 points. The favorites are 88-0 straight up and the average scoring margin has been 33.1 points. For entertainment purposes only, the favorite is 44-44 against the spread.
Georgia will double its sack total for the season
Surprisingly, Georgia only has 3 sacks this season. The Vols should fix that shortcoming with an offensive line that has struggled to block most everyone this season. Look for the Bulldogs to add 3 more Saturday, giving them 6 for the season.
Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will not finish the game
Guarantano is scheduled to start Saturday’s game after suffering a knee injury last week against Florida. However, UT’s coaches will be quick to pull him if he’s taking too much of a beating. Besides, isn’t it time to give Keller Chryst a longer look?
Chryst will play well
The Bulldogs won’t be quite as focused in the second half with a big lead. If Guarantano goes out, it would be Chryst’s chance to show what he can do. He’ll take advantage of the opportunity.
A quarterback controversy will ensue
With the season in shambles and an off week, fans (and perhaps some coaches and players) will question whether playing Guarantano is the right quarterback moving forward. That’s exactly what this team needs.
Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior will make a big play
I really don’t have any reason to write this yet again other than the fact that surely I’ll be correct eventually. Warrior has to break through sometime. How about this weekend in his home state? Maybe? Possibly?
Uga will not take a nap due to Georgia’s scoring fest
We all know that Uga is the laziest mascot in the nation. Just look at him. All he does is lie around and sleep all day in his air conditioned dog mansion. He is cute, though. Indisputably. Meanwhile, Smokey has been known to try to bite players in the most private areas during his time on the sideline. With all the scoring that the Bulldogs will be doing on Saturday, some will wonder if there is Red Bull in that dog bowl.
Jeremy Pruitt will be overly complimentary of his team after a lopsided loss
One would think Pruitt would be sick of playing woeful football. However, that’s just not his style. Pruitt will say nice things, not share what he actually thinks. That would be nice.