Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley isn't interested in the politics nor drama of the obvious conflict presented before him when Tennessee plays the Bulldogs in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
But breaking down the game and the SEC Eastern Division is different; it's strictly an analysis, with no split feelings, no emotions.
Vince Dooley said that he believes Georgia is the favorite to win the SEC Eastern Division, and the Vols face a mighty challenge against the Bulldogs.
"Georgia, right now, if you had to pick a team with the best opportunity to win the East, it would be them,'' said Dooley, who coached Georgia for 25 years and led the Bulldogs to the 1980 national championship. "I've seen their talent; they have a freshman running back that is blossoming, a quarterback with all-around ability that might be the best in the league, and a defensive coordinator that's proven.
"The last two games, I don't think they have given up more than 2 yards average (per rushing attempt). They have the two best kickers on one team in the country.''
As for his thoughts on Georgia winning the SEC Eastern Division, Dooley indicated that is a byproduct of scheduling, as well as talent.
"They don't play Alabama, and they don't play LSU,'' he said. "Their biggest threat is Florida, and Florida all the sudden isn't Florida with that quarterback (injured).''
Dooley said he believes Tennessee will need to play it's best game of this season to beat Georgia.
"They'll have to play a clean game, and not make any mistakes in any phase of the game,'' he said. "It will have to be a complete game, their best game.''
Dooley, like his son, UT coach Derek, believes the loss of receiver Justin Hunter goes beyond UT being one man down.
"Losing that receiver ... he would have given them a better chance to win games like this, and maybe even surprise a few people,'' Vince Dooley said. "Having two (receivers) like that, and having that quarterback (Tyler Bray), it changes things.''
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