Tim Tebow is in Knoxville this weekend with the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” crew to broadcast the Saturday morning pregame show.
The former Florida great joined a chorus of college football analysts when he said the game against Georgia is a “huge game” for Tennessee coach Butch Jones at Neyland Stadium. A Tennessee loss would just about eliminate the Volts from making a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.
“I think as a rallying cry, something to really motivate them, inspire them, is that everything is in front of them going into this game, especially if you win this game — the opportunity to still play in Atlanta for the SEC championship. Everything is right there,” Tebow said, according to 247 Sports.
“I think the biggest thing is not to let a lot of the noise creep in and change how you play or the ability to have success, so I think that’ll be key. I think Georgia has a lot of momentum. It’s a couple of big wins that they’ve had, going to South Bend and then beating Mississippi State after their big win against LSU, so I think they’ll try to come in here with momentum.”
Tebow added that Jones has had good moments, including the Hail Mary win last season at Georgia, and moments that needed work.
“I think it’s also going to take consistency to get to Atlanta and compete for the SEC championship and find a way to get over the hump and feel like they’re above Georgia or Florida,” Tebow said. “They’re all fighting for the same thing, and only one team can get it, and it’s been awhile since Tennessee has had that.”
While Georgia has a strong defense, Tebow said the Vols being at home and honoring Peyton Manning at halftime could be enough to build momentum.
“I don’t think Tennessee wins this game by going toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes,” he said. “I think they win this game by finding a way to get a big play, to cause a forced fumble, an interception. They need the plays and they need the momentum to go their way. And if they get that, I think they can play inspired, play with momentum and have the chance to beat a team like Georgia.”