The Official #18 Tennessee vs. #1 Georgia Game Thread, 3:30 PM ET, CBS

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#18 Tennessee Volunteers: 7-3 (3-3 SEC)

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#1 Georgia Bulldogs: 10-0 (7-0 SEC)


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GAME 11 | NOV. 18, 2023 | 3:30 P.M. ET | KNOXVILLE, TENN. | NEYLAND STADIUM (101,915)



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60 / Low: 36 // Precip: 0%


Line: UT + 10
O/U: 58.5


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Georgia Game Notes


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GAMEDAY INFO / TIMELINE

For the most up-to-date information on Tennessee's 2023 gameday policies, please visit the Tennessee Football Gameday Information page on UTSports.com.

New Wi-Fi at Neyland Stadium
Fans are encouraged to try RockTopWifi around all Neyland stadium gates and throughout the stadium bowl. RockyTopWifi is still a work in progress, but fans will see it light up everywhere as they enter the stadium, throughout all concourses and within all areas of the stadium bowl. Thank you for your patience as we bring Wi-Fi to everyone in Neyland Stadium. Join RockyTopWifi from your mobile device settings. No registration is required.

The gameday timeline as well as other important information is listed below.

Marty & McGee – 9-10 a.m. (Ayres Hall Lawn)
SEC Nation – 10 a.m. - Noon (Ayres Hall Lawn)
Will Call Opens at Gate 21 – 11:30 a.m.
Truly's Tailgate Opens – 11:30 a.m.
Vol Village Opens – Noon
Vol Walk – 1:15 p.m.
Gates Open – 1:30 p.m.
Pride of the Southland Band March – 1:50 p.m. (Pedestrian Bridge)
Pride of the Southland Band Pregame Performance Begins – 3:26 p.m.
National Anthem/Flyover – 3:29 p.m.
*F-16's from the 311th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Vols Run Through the T – 3:36 p.m.
Kickoff – 3:39 p.m.
 
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NEED TO KNOW

Bounce Backs Under Heupel
Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel has lost back-to-back games only twice during his six seasons as a head coach. He owns a 12-2 record following a loss in the same season, including a 7-1 mark at Tennessee and 5-1 record at UCF. The only time it occurred at UT was in his first year of 2021 as the Vols dropped back-to-back games to No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 4 Alabama. UT has responded with wins the week after a loss on six straight occasions under Heupel with four of those victories coming on the road.

Chance to Take Down No. 1
After defeating Alabama last season when it was ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, Heupel is seeking to become the first coach in Tennessee history to defeat multiple No. 1-ranked teams. Gen. Robert Neyland (1959 vs. LSU) and Johnny Majors (1985 vs. Auburn) are the other two Vol coaches to beat No. 1-ranked teams.

Vols in the CFP Rankings
Tennessee fell five spots to No. 18 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings following last weekend's loss at No. 14 Missouri. The Vols have been ranked in each of the last nine CFP rankings dating back to last season.

Last Time Out
A tough day in Columbia, Missouri resulted in a 36-7 loss to the 14th-ranked Tigers last Saturday. What was a 13-7 game at halftime resulted in Missouri pitching a 23-0 shutout in the second half. Quarterback Joe Milton III accounted for 303 yards of total offense, completing 22-of-34 passes for 267 yards with one touchdown and one pick. In what proved to be the Vols' only score of the game, Milton found Dont'e Thornton Jr. for a 46-yard touchdown to give UT a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Milton was also Tennessee's leading rusher with 36 yards. Ramel Keyton finished with a team-high 57 yards receiving on four catches. Jaylen McCollough intercepted a pass for the second straight game, his third in the last four contests, while fellow safety Wesley Walker was the team's leading tackler with nine. Defensive tackle Omarr Norman-Lott finished with a career-high two sacks and edge rusher James Pearce Jr. registered 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack to push his season total to 11.5.
 
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SERIES HISTORY

Georgia leads, 27-23-2
Saturday will mark the 53rd meeting all-time between the Vols and Bulldogs, whose first game against one another came back in 1899. UT will be looking to snap a six-game skid in the series and earn its first victory over Georgia since a 34-31 thriller in Athens back in 2016.
 
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ABOUT GEORGIA

Led by eighth-year head coach Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs are in search of a third straight national championship and enter Saturday's game as the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in college football thanks to a perfect 10-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in SEC play.

Georgia ranks among the nation's best in numerous offensive and defensive categories this season, including points per game (40.6 – 6th), total yards per game (504.8 – 5th), passing yards per game (323.9 – 6th), points allowed per game (15.6 – 6th), total yards allowed per game (289.2 – 9th) and opponent third down conversion percentage (28.1 – 7th).

Junior quarterback Carson Beck has continued to improve throughout the season and ranks second in the SEC with 302.2 passing yards per game. He has thrown 18 touchdown passes compared to just five interceptions on the year. Despite missing two games, junior All-America tight end Brock Bowers is once again the team's leading receiver with 44 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns.

Dominic Lovett, Ladd McConkey, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Rara Thomas have combined for 113 receptions and seven touchdowns while leading a deep group of wide receivers. The senior running back duo of Daijun Edwards and Kandall Milton provide a stout 1-2 punch in the backfield, having totaled 191 carries for 1,113 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Bulldogs' leading tackler is junior linebacker Smael Mondon Jr., who has 48 to go along with five tackles for loss and three sacks. Senior defensive back Tykee Smith has been arguably the teams' most effective defensive player with 46 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions and two pass breakups.
 
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SERIES HISTORY

Georgia leads, 27-23-2
Saturday will mark the 53rd meeting all-time between the Vols and Bulldogs, whose first game against one another came back in 1899. UT will be looking to snap a six-game skid in the series and earn its first victory over Georgia since a 34-31 thriller in Athens back in 2016.

I would assume that Alabama and Georgia are currently the only conference schools that have a lead over Tennessee in the overall series.
 
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Assuming last week was an aberration and we are a different team at home, can UT Offense (with all its injuries) move the ball against uga without tempo? The less time of possession for uga the better.
 
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Hopefully we find a way to cover their Tight Ends. I think they are both overrated, but Georgia does a great job of scheming them open in their offense.

Unfortunately after watching the Mizzou game, I do not trust our LBs to keep track of anyone in pass coverage. If we can find a way to match uo their tight ends, I think we can make this a good game!
 

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