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Tennessee Volunteers (1-3 | 0-1 SEC) vs. No. 3/3 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0 | 1-0 SEC)
October 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN – The Tennessee Vols Football team returns to action this Saturday, October 5th as No. 3 Georgia comes to town for a primetime showdown at Neyland Stadium. Both teams are coming off an open date last weekend.
The Vols and Bulldogs will square off under the lights for the first time since 2011. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is slated for 7:00pm.
Saturday’s contest will be televised on ESPN with Sean McDonough (PxP), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) on the call.
Fans can also listen to Tennessee’s radio broadcast on the Vol Network (WIVK-FM 107.7) as well as satellite radio (Sirius Ch. 78, XM Ch. 191, Internet Ch. 962).
Bob Kesling (PxP), Tim Priest (analyst) and Brent Hubbs (analyst) will call the action all season long.
Need to Know
Tennessee’s six coaches who have coached at Georgia include: Jeremy Pruitt (DC in 2014-15), Jim Chaney (OC in 2016-18), Kevin Sherrer (OLBs in 2014-17), Will Friend (OL in 2011-14), Tracy Rocker (DL in 2014-16) and Brian Niedermeyer (GA in 2015).
Special Teams Have Been Special
Bituli’s Return Bolsters Defense
After missing the first two games of the season with an injury, linebacker Daniel Bituli has returned to start the past two games for the Vols. The Nashville native recorded eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in UT’s last game against Florida. Bituli has led the Big Orange in tackles in each of the last two years, making him the fifth player in program history to lead the team in tackles in consecutive seasons.
After struggling to create turnovers in the first two games of the season, Tennessee’s defense has stepped its game up in a big way in the last two games. The Vols have intercepted multiple passes in back-to-back games for the first time since September 27th (at Georgia) and October 4th, 2014 (vs. Florida).
UT intercepted two passes at Florida on September 21st and had four picks in a 45-0 rout of Chattanooga on September 14th. The Vols’ four interceptions against the Mocs were the most in a single game since also tallying four in the Outback Bowl against Northwestern on January 1st, 2016.
Series History: Georgia
Series tied, 23-23-2
A win for Tennessee on Saturday would be the program’s first victory over a top-10 team since defeating No. 10 Georgia, 51-33, in Athens in 2006.
Like the Vols, the Bulldogs are also coming off a bye week. Georgia enters Saturday’s game with a perfect 4-0 record after positing wins over Vanderbilt, Murray State, Arkansas State and then No. 7 Notre Dame. UGA is led by Kirby Smart, who has guided the program to a 36-10 record and a CFP National Championship Game appearance during his three-plus seasons as head coach.
Georgia has been just as dominant defensively, ranking second in the SEC in scoring defense (10 points/game) and total defense (262.5 yards/game). The Bulldogs are allowing just 57 yards per game on the ground, which leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally. Junior linebacker Monty Rice leads the team with 22 tackles while the defensive back duo of Mark Webb and J.R. Reed have been disruptive for opposing offensives as well. Webb has 19 tackles and two forced fumbles while Reed has 18 tackles, an interception and three pass breakups. UGA also has 10 players that have recorded a sack this season.
The Bulldogs also have one the top kickers in college football in Rodrigo Blankenship, who is a perfect 8-for-8 on the year, including 4-for-4 on kicks from 40-plus yards.
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