Reversal of fortunes? David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit break down how Tennessee could beat Georgia
While the all-time series between Georgia and Tennessee has been air-tight, it’s gone the Dawgs’ way in recent years. Kirby Smart’s team has won the last 3 meetings by a combined score of 122-26.
Could the Volunteers flip the script on Saturday at Sanford Stadium? It’s entirely possible, according to ESPN’s David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit. The duo feel it partially rests with the performance of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who came to Knoxville with plenty of promise but has never fully lived up the billing.
“I don’t know if we’re going to jump up and down and say they’ve got what it takes to win Saturday, but I like the fact that they’re playing with more confidence than they’ve played with and I think they got better skill and they’ve got a good offensive line,” Herbstreit said on his weekly podcast hosted with Pollack and SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi, according to 247Sports. “[Y]ou wonder if Guarantano reverts back to making poor decisions, puts the ball in coverage — because they’ll need a balanced attack to have any chance against Georgia.”
Pollack echoed Herbstreit’s thoughts about the Volunteers’ offensive line—featuring former Georgia tackle Cade Mays—while predicting that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney could rely more on running the ball behind the unit.
“[I]t’s the first time I think we won’t be surprised if Tennessee’s banging around with Georgia in the second half,” he said. “[T]he offensive line is physical. Chaney has an identity as a play-caller that he knows what he is, who he is. He’s got to build this thing with the ground game.”
Will the Vols have a chance to pull off the upset on Saturday? We’ll find out soon enough.