Breaking down the personnel for Tennessee and Georgia.
Tyler Bray hasn't won a big SEC game in parts of three years as an SEC starter. Believe it or not, Aaron Murray gets similar criticism, never having beat a team in the top 20. The two friends are both legitimate NFL prospects, but Murray has benefited from a stronger supporting cast and has more experience. Edge: Georgia.
When one talented back was kicked off the team, the Bulldogs simply replaced him with a true freshman who has done even better. Todd Gurley is leading the league in rushing, but he's not the only threat. Keith Marshall, another true freshman, and Ken Malcome, a sophomore, also have picked up big yardage. The Vols' run game is improved, but it's not at that level yet. Edge: Georgia.
Wide receivers/tight ends
What Georgia's unit lacks in star power it's made up for in consistency. Michael Bennett, Marlon Brown and Tavarres King combine for about 200 yards a game. Justin Hunter has been steady for the Vols, who must also find a way to keep Cordarrelle Patterson involved. Edge: Even.
Tennessee's offensive line has made strides from a year ago, but there still have been frustrating breakdowns in short-yardage situations, even against an overmatched Akron opponent. The Bulldogs have a big, experienced line that has helped open holes for a strong running game. Edge: Georgia
UT's Daniel McCullers will be back in the middle after essentially taking an off-day against the Zips' spread offense last week. The youngster will face his biggest test against a balanced offense that uses a tricky play-action. The Bulldogs' front has effectively shut down most running attacks. Edge: Georgia.
Georgia's Jarvis Jones nearly has as many sacks (4.5) as the Vols' entire team (5). He's a consensus All-American who can play all over the field. Alec Ogletree is back from suspension, making a strong unit even stronger. For the Vols, this game is an opportunity for talented sophomores A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt to prove their mettle. Edge: Georgia.
The Vols broke in two new starters last week (Justin Coleman at corner and Brent Brewer at safety) but didn't get to play as many youngsters as they would have liked. Bacarri Rambo will be back from suspension for the Bulldogs, although the team doesn't appear to have missed a beat without him. Edge: Georgia
The Bulldogs have a true freshman punter and kicker, for a unit of youth on a veteran team. Of course, Georgia's offense has been so good that both players have been used sparingly. The Vols need kicker Derrick Brodus to carry over his perfect performance against Akron into his first road game. Edge: Even.
Mark Richt has weathered a rough year (6-7 in 2010) and a rough start (0-2 to start 2011) to put the Bulldogs back in the top 5, competing for an SEC and perhaps national title. His longevity in this cutthroat league is rare, but the administration has been rewarded for its patience. Edge: Georgia.
There's actually talk that this might be a "trap" game or a "letdown" game for the Bulldogs, which doesn't speak much of Tennessee's current place on the national college football map. The Vols are 14-point underdogs with nothing to lose. Big games aren't new for this team, but putting together a complete four quarters against a top opponent would be. Edge: Tennessee.
Georgia 34, Tennessee 27
The Vols are 14-point underdogs for a reason. Georgia simply has more talent at more positions. But if Tennessee creates turnovers on defense and big plays on offense — things it has done in the past — this game is winnable.