Bold Predictions: Tennessee looks to upset No. 12 Georgia
The Tennessee Volunteers enter a tough matchup against No. 12 Georgia in Athens Saturday. The Vols are coming off a Week 4 bye that followed a 34-10 loss to Oklahoma. Georgia is a 17-point favorite to win Saturday’s game, boasting one of the nation’s best running games and a stellar front seven. Here are some bold predictions for Tennessee’s SEC opener.
Bold Prediction No. 1: Jalen Hurd outruns Sony Michel and Nick Chubb
Freshman tailback Jalen Hurd is enjoying an impressive start to his collegiate career. He leads Tennessee with 209 yards, one touchdown and a 4.4 average on 48 rushing attempts. Georgia freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb have also excelled, sharing carries with Heisman hopeful Todd Gurley. But neither player will see as many carries as Hurd, who is expected to continue to be Tennessee’s feature back.
Bold Prediction No. 2: Josh Malone will have a breakout performance
Freshman wide receiver Josh Malone is expected to make his first start in the absence of Von Pearson and Josh Smith. Malone has appeared in every game for the Vols this season, but has seen limited action. The former five-star prospect is expected to have a bright future in Knoxville due to his impressive combination of size and speed. Tennessee’s coaches praised the freshman’s work ethic and progress leading up to Saturday’s game and expect Malone to have a breakout performance.
Bold Prediction No. 3: Tennessee will pull off the upset
Tennessee finds itself as the underdog entering Saturday’s matchup. Much like last season, the Vols are predicted to be far inferior to a talented Georgia team, with the added disadvantage of playing on the road. However, Tennessee is capable of pulling off an upset. The Vols have talented linebackers that will look to slow down the Bulldogs running backs. If Tennessee can force Hutson Mason to be the deciding factor, Georgia will be on upset alert.