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'The Georgia Bulldogs better look out' against Tennessee, Peyton Manning says

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Peyton Manning appeared on "The Steam Room" podcast with Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson on Wednesday.

The three of them talked about a variety of topics.

One of the questions Barkley asked Manning is about his name frequently being mentioned for broadcasting jobs and jobs within football.

"First off, my name's been mentioned on some jobs that I am in no way qualified for by any means — just not possible," Manning said. "So might be flattering in some ways, but just not realistic. Like University of Tennessee, we got a great coach in Josh Heupel."

Manning, who played quarterback for Tennessee from 1994-97, said he is attending Saturday's game in Knoxville between the Volunteers and Georgia.

"The Georgia Bulldogs better look out," Manning said. "Tennessee Volunteers are on the rise."

Peyton Manning during a Tennessee basketball game in January 2020.
Peyton Manning during a Tennessee basketball game in January 2020.

Georgia, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, enters the matchup 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the SEC. The Tennessee Vols come into the matchup 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.

"Hey, let me tell you something, I saw that movie about a month ago, it's not going to end well," Barkley said.

Manning and Barkley both laughed at Barkley's comment. Barkley's alma mater, Auburn, lost to Georgia 34-10 on Oct. 9.

"You're probably right, but I'll be there and be cheering hard," Manning said.

Manning's Tennessee teams went 4-0 against the Georgia Bulldogs during his career. That was amidst a stretch from 1989-99 of nine consecutive wins by Tennessee vs. UGA in the series.

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The podcast conversation later diverged into talking about the "Manningcast curse," which is that current NFL players that appear with Peyton and Eli Manning on their "Monday Night Football" alternate broadcast proceed to struggle in their ensuing NFL game.

"I hope it's not true," Manning said of the "curse." "I'm actually thinking about putting on whoever the Broncos or Colts play the following week to help my teams get a victory. That's come into play a little bit, but hopefully, the next player that we have on — if we have one on Ernie — wins the next game and we can kind of kill that."

Manning played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011, and he closed his career playing for the Denver Broncos from 2012-15.

Barkley subsequently suggested, "You need to try to do one before Saturday and get (Georgia head coach) Kirby Smart on there. That would be my advice."

"Yes!" Manning responded. "Brilliant, I love it."

The Georgia at Tennessee football game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Peyton Manning says No. 1 Georgia 'better look out' for Tennessee