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Tennessee Vols head to Athens to face #2/3 Georgia Bulldogs

Tennessee Vols at #2/3 Georgia Bulldogs

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 2:30pm CT
Athens, GA | Sanford Stadium | TV: CBS

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsAthens, GA – The Tennessee Vols Football team will face its first true road test of the season when it heads to Athens to take on No. 2/3 Georgia between the hedges on Saturday afternoon, September 29th, 2018 at Sanford Stadium. 

Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is slated for 2:30pm CT on CBS with Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Gary Danielson (analyst) calling the action in the booth while Jamie Erdahl will be reporting from the sidelines.

Tennessee Volunteers running back Ty Chandler (8) runs past Florida Gators defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga (92) in the first half of a game at Neyland Stadium. Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports)
Tennessee Volunteers running back Ty Chandler (8) runs past Florida Gators defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga (92) in the first half of a game at Neyland Stadium. Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports)

Vol Network radio affiliates will have a live audio broadcast with Bob Kesling, Tim Priest and Brent Hubbs. Sirius (Channel 125) and XM satellite radio (Channel 381) will also carry the game.

The Big Orange are coming off a loss to Florida in their SEC home opener. UT will be looking to earn its second straight win over Georgia at Sanford Stadium after prevailing 34-31 in 2016 thanks to a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown from Joshua Dobbs to Jauan Jennings on the last play of the game.

Tennessee Series History vs. Georgia

Saturday will be the 48th meeting between the Volunteers and Bulldogs and the 24th time the two programs have faced off in Athens. Tennessee holds the slightest of leads in the series with an all-time record of 23-22-2.

After 2016’s thrilling comeback win, the Orange and White are 11-11-1 all-time in games played in Athens. Six of the last seven meetings in the series have been decided by eight points or fewer.

Coaching Connections

There are a bunch of connections between the coaching staffs of these two programs. UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2014 and 2015 while Vols’ assistants Kevin Sherrer (2014-17), Will Friend (2003-04, 2011-14), Tracy Rocker (2014-16) and Brian Niedermeyer (2015) have all spent stints on Georgia’s staff over the years.

UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (2009-12) and offensive line coach Sam Pittman (2012) have both coached at Tennessee in the past as well.

Running Back Group Continues to Produce

The Tennessee Vols have implemented a running back by committee approach through the first four games of the season and have received significant contributions from four players in the backfield. Tennessee’s running backs have accounted for nine of the team’s 15 total touchdowns this season.

Sophomore Ty Chandler is averaging 73.3 yards rushing per game and ranks third in the SEC in yards per carry (6.3).

Fellow sophomore Tim Jordan is averaging 59.3 yards per game and ran for a career-high 118 yards and a touchdown in the season opener vs. No. 17 West Virginia. Graduate transfer Madre London and true freshman Jeremy Banks are tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns apiece this season.

Big-Play Ability

The Orange and White have already posted six plays of 50 or more yards on offense this season. The Vols had just four 50-plus yard plays all of last season.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has completed four passes of 50 yards or more, two of them going to fellow sophomore Josh Palmer, who already has 65 more receiving yards then he did all of last season. Palmer is averaging 23.3 yards per reception this year, which ranks fourth in the SEC.

Defensive Highlights

UT ranks first in the SEC in first downs allowed, giving up just 14 per game so far this season. The Tennessee Vols also rank third in the conference in third-down defense, allowing opponent to convert just 24.5 percent of the time (12-of-49).

Tennessee Vols from the Peach State

There are 15 scholarship players and 16 players total on Tennessee’s roster that hail from the state of Georgia.

About the Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia enter Saturday’s game coming off a 43-29 road win at Missouri last week. The Bulldogs’ 4-0 start has them ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll after winning the SEC and reaching the College Football Playoff National Championship Game last season. 

UGA is led by sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm and a dynamic receiving corps. Fromm has thrown for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns this season while completing 73 percent of his passes. His go-to target is Mecole Hardman, who has hauled in four touchdowns.

At running back, Georgia is paced by the one-two punch of D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, combining for four touchdowns and almost 500 yards on the ground. Georgia has also found plenty of success on defense and special teams, accounting for four touchdowns while holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

Tennessee Vols Broadcast Information

Play-by-Play: Brad Nessler
Analyst: Gary Danielson
Sideline Reporter: Jamie Erdahl

Radio: Vol Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Kesling
Analyst: Tim Priest
Analyst: Brent Hubbs

National Radio: Westwood One
Play-by-Play: Ryan Radtke
Analyst: Derek Rackley

Satellite Radio
Sirius: Channel 125
XM: Channel 381
Internet: Channel 973

Social Media
Twitter/Instagram: @Vol_Football
Facebook: Tennessee Football


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