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Tennessee Vols (2-0) at Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)
Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 2:30pm CT
Athens, GA – After a 2-0 start to the season, No. 14/12 Tennessee will face its toughest challenge yet as the Vols travel to Athens to take on No. 3/3 Georgia on Saturday afternoon.
UT will be looking to upset the Bulldogs and extend their SEC-leading win streak to nine games. The only FBS program with a longer current win streak than Tennessee is Air Force (9).
Saturday’s game has been tabbed as the SEC Game of the Week and will be televised on CBS with Brad Nessler (PxP), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline) on the call.
Kickoff is slated for 2:30pm CT. The Vols are making their first appearance on CBS since November 17th, 2018.
Fans can also listen to Tennessee’s official radio broadcast on the Vol Network (WIVK-FM 107.7/WNML-FM 99.1) and satellite radio (Sirius Ch. 105, XM Ch. 191, Internet Ch. 962).
Bob Kesling (PxP), Tim Priest (analyst) and Brent Hubbs (analyst) will call the action, with Kasey Funderburg handling sideline duties. The “Kickoff Call-In Show” begins at 2 p.m. ET.
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The longest current win streaks in the nation belong to Air Force (9), Tennessee (8) and Notre Dame (8). The Vols’ streak began last season on October 26th with a 41-21 win over South Carolina. The six-game SEC win streak is UT’s longest since winning six in a row from October 31st, 2015 to October 1st, 2016. The Vols have won nine out of their last 10 games. As part of the streak, UT has won its last three SEC road games.
UT’s Impressive 1-2 Punch
With his 103 all-purpose yards against Missouri, Chandler moved into 10th place on UT’s career all-purpose yards list, surpassing Peerless Price (1995-98). Chandler enters the Georgia game with 2,923 all-purpose yards, 77 yards shy of becoming the 10th Vol to reach 3,000 in a career. He is 80 yards shy of tying Cedric Houston (2001-04) for ninth place.
Gray has been spectacular in his last four games dating back to 2019. During that span he has combined for seven total touchdowns – six rushing and one receiving – and 477 total rush yards. He is averaging 119.3 yards per game on the ground in the last four games. Gray went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career with 105 yards in the win against Missouri last Saturday.
He rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown versus the Tigers, becoming the first Vol to achieve that feat in a game since Alvin Kamara did so on November 26th, 2016 against Vanderbilt. Gray heads into the Georgia game carrying a streak of four straight contests with a rushing touchdown. He is the first UT player to achieve that feat since QB Josh Dobbs in 2016 (September 10th – October 1st).
Vols Tame Tigers to Improve to 2-0
The 23-point margin of victory was UT’s largest over an SEC opponent since November 19th, 2016 – a 63-37 win over Missouri. The Vols were a perfect 4-of-4 on fourth down, representing the first time since September 21st, 2002 (vs. Florida, 4-of-6), that UT converted four or more fourth downs in a game.
He helped the Vols rush for 232 yards in an impressive 35-12 victory over the Tigers. On Saturday, Mays will return to Athens to take on his former school for the first time.
Bulldogs lead series, 24-23-2
The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s showdown as one of the top teams in the country and the team to beat in the SEC East, claiming the last three division titles. Georgia is led by head coach Kirby Smart, who has compiled a 46-12 record in his four-plus seasons leading the program and led the Dawgs to the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2018.
Georgia boasts one of the top defenses in all of college football. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in scoring defense (8.0 ppg), total defense (248.0 ypg), rushing defense (58.0 ypg) and passing yards allowed (190.0 ypg). Redshirt sophomore OLB Azeez Ojulari leads the team with three tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries while senior DB Richard LeCounte has intercepted two passes and leads the secondary.
Offensively, UGA features a powerful rushing attack that is led by redshirt sophomore RB Zamir White, who leads the team with 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Walk-on QB Stetson Bennett has taken over as the starter behind center and has performed well, completing 37 of 57 pass attempts for 451 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His top targets have been wide receivers Kearis Jackson (15 rec., 209 yds) and George Pickens (6 rec., 73 yds, 2 TDs).
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