Tennessee jumps back into the SEC as a serious underdog in hosting Georgia. What's key for the Vols to pull the upset? Here are four in our weekly Cheat Sheet.
Manage pressure – Georgia's defense has been really good in four games. They have been great against the run. Their defensive ends can make game changing plays and their linebackers are really good. Tennessee's offensive line play was poor against UMASS. Tennessee will get Jashon Robertson back which is big, but what will hey do at left guard. Quarterback Quinten Dormady has struggled with his accuracy when there's been pressure around him. He will see some pressure. He must handle it better. To help him and Tennessee manage the pressure winning on first down and saying out of 2nd or 3rd and long is key.
Nothing catastrophic – Catastrophic plays have been a disaster for Bob Shoop's defense since Shoop arrived. A year ago the Vols gave up two plays of 40 yards or more to the Dawgs. They gave up 2 last week to UMASS. Georgia feasts on the big play. Last week they scored two touchdowns of more than 50 yards. Shoop's defense must find a way to do something that they haven't been able to do and that's prevent big plays.
Win in the front seven – Georgia has a lot of weapons on offense. They can big play you in the passing game with tight ends and wide receivers. But the basis of Georgia's offense in their run game. The Bulldogs are loaded in the backfield. They throw the ball the least of any team in the SEC. Their offense is built around their run game. Tennessee must limit the Georgia ground game and they have to be able to do it with out committing nine guys to doing it in order to protect them against the Bulldogs vertical passing game.
Run the football – Winning in the run game is a key every week, but this week it's a must for Larry Scott's offense. I don't think anyone wants to see the game put squarely on Quinten Dormady's shoulders. Now Dormady has to make plays, but in order to help the junior signal caller, the Vols must have some success on the ground. That's easier said than done, Georgia is allowing only 97.5 yards a game on the ground which is 17th nationally. Tennessee must have some maintained success on the ground.