Tennessee Stat Book
1.Money Down: Third down is life or death, as far as an offensive drive goes. Succeed and stay on the field; fail and slink to the sideline. The Vols are tied for the national lead with a sizzling conversion rate of 62.1 percent. But Georgia's defense is No. 2 nationally, allowing only 25.4 percent conversions. Who blinks?
2.A Mighty Fortress: There was a time in this rivalry when home field mattered little. Tennessee won four straight in Athens (1992-1998), then Georgia won three in a row in Knoxville (2001-05). Lately, order has been restored. The home team has won the past four games — and by an average margin of 21.5 points.
3.A Bray New World: Yeah, the competition hasn't been world-class but UT sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray is performing at a high level. He ranks seventh nationally in both passing efficiency and passing yards per game. His four-game pace is ahead of even senior Peyton Manning's 1997 start. In short, he gives the Vols a chance, even against a good defense.
4.Jail Break: You know it's coming. In each of UT's four games this year the defense has given up a scoring play of 60-plus yards. So far Georgia's freshman phenom Isaiah Crowell's longest run is 29 yards but he's probably licking his chops.
5.A Colquitt Cousin?: The biggest mismatch in the game might be punting. The Vols hope to avoid getting one blocked for a third consecutive game. Georgia's Drew Butler, a senior from Duluth, Ga., is the SEC's career leader with a 46.2-yard average. He won the Ray Guy Award in 2009 and, with a 47.0 average this year, likely will be a finalist again.