Tennessee vs. Georgia: How to watch and what you need to know




CNN

The Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers both have 8-0 records this season, but an undefeated streak should come crashing down on Saturday.

The Bulldogs enter the AP Poll ranked No. 1 with the Vols tied for second, marking only the third regular-season meeting in SEC history between a No. 1 and No. 2 seed.

It’s on the line in the race to secure control of the SEC East Conference and a spot in the conference championship game, making it one of the most popular regular season games in recent history.

A buzz is expected inside Georgia’s Sanford Stadium with the last remaining tickets fetching more than $600, according to TickPick, as fans flock to see two of the top three teams in Athens for the first time.

“Our guys are excited and looking forward to a great game at Sanford Stadium,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Our fans will be loud and proud. I want to challenge our fans – everyone talked about the Notre Dame game – we want it to be louder than that. We want it to be sooner than that.

“Last year we had some great games at home and every time we had a big game it affected the game, so we’ll need them again and we’ll need them ready to go.”

The matchup will pit the Vols’ nationally-leading offense against Georgia’s modest 49.4ppg defense, second best in the country at just 10.5ppg.

At the heart of Tennessee’s unstoppable offense is quarterback Hendon Hooker, who has been intercepted just once in 219 pass attempts this season, and last week threw a school-record 20th straight touchdown pass.

Hooker has combined with wide receiver Jalin Hyatt for 14 touchdowns in just eight games this season, and Hyatt has scored multiple touchdowns in four straight games — another school record.

And Georgia’s hopes of containing the Vols’ offense took a hit this week as star linebacker Nolan Smith, who had seven tackles for loss and three sacks in eight games, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.

Without Smith, the Dawgs’ defense will depend on sophomore Jamon Dumas-Johnson, who has 40 total tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, five tackles and two sacks.

The game will be broadcast live on CBS starting at 3:30 PM ET.