1. Find Jones, know Jones and block Jones - There is no bigger thorn in the side of the Tennessee Volunteer offense than Georgia All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones. What I love about this Todd Grantham-led UGA defense is that the he'll move Jones all over the place and Grantham gives him the freedom to rush from anywhere and everywhere. Tennessee must locate him, appreciate the challenge, eschew its pride and do whatever it takes to keep #29 out of the backfield.
2. Double down to run down…hill - The Tennessee offensive line is as good as any you'll find in the SEC, but it's got a big challenge, both figurative and literal, facing UGA's stout John Jenkins/Kwame Geathers over the nose. To be able to run the football well, the Vols must double them and get movement off the ball to help impede the progress of the UGA linebackers flowing to the ball.
3. Run blitz to death - Now, I know UGA QB Aaron Murray is capable of having a 350+ yard/3 TD game, but Tennessee must roll the dice and take a chance that this won't be that day. UT needs to run blitz the heck out of Georgia on first down - bring linebackers in the A gaps, slant and twist to get a white shirt free up front. Don't let the Georgia running game roll up 4+ yards on first down and created 2nd and short/medium situations throughout the game. Oh and get the heck off of blocks, too.
1. Balance - The Dawgs are 19th in the nation on the ground, averaging 243 yards per game and are 28th in the nation through the air, averaging 288 yards per game. What has made this group so explosive this year is the ability to keep defenses from honing in on one aspect, run or pass. Murray is experienced and will take what Tennessee provides. As such, RB Todd Gurley is the leading rushing in the conference, so establish him early and let Murray work play action off of those runs later in the game.
2. Rambo, First Blood - Georgia free safety Bacarri Rambo is back after a four game suspension, so he'll be excited, emotional and perhaps a bit over eager. Tennessee is going to test him early as he's going to be rusty and play action could catch him being over aggressive stopping the run. Rambo must keep his emotions in check and play the ball in the middle of the field as he did last year, robbing big plays from Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter in the Tennessee passing game.
3. Get to the second level - Tennessee wore down significantly against Florida in the second half a couple of weeks ago and the Gators did a whale of a job mauling down linemen one-on-one. As such, pulling guards and uncovered linemen were able to easily get up on linebackers and provide wide open running lanes for the Gator running backs. Georgia must be able to do that very thing and pop Gurley and company for huge plays.
I'll be honest, I don't trust Tennessee in the slightest. I rode the wave with them against Florida and for a half, felt pretty good about it. However, over the last 20 minutes of game action, the Vols got physically handled, seemingly lost any fight it had and got walloped. On the other hand, the Dawgs are getting better and better each and every week. I thought Vanderbilt would keep it close last week and UGA thumped the 'Dores 48-3…and it wasn't close. Tennessee may score early, but the Georgia defense is back to full strength for the first time all year. As such, Georgia will systematically dissect the Vols in Athens.
Georgia - 31 vs. Tennessee - 14