Can the Volunteers take it to the next level on Saturday afternoon in Athens?

The Tennessee Volunteers will head to Georgia for a shot at a return to glory for this once-proud program. The Volunteers come into the game with Georgia winners, of the last eight games dating back to last season. In those eight games, the Vols have defeated what is considered the lower tier of the SEC and Indiana. However, Tennessee is still chasing after that one win that will signify the return of this proud program.

With a win on Saturday in Athens, Tennessee will sit alone atop of the SEC East standings, and quite frankly, they would be in charge of their destiny. A position that this program hasn’t been in since 2007. The 2007 Tennessee team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in Knoxville by a score of 35-14.

Like that 2007 team, Tennessee is out to prove to the college football world that they are indeed back from extinction.

Under Jeremy Pruitt, the Volunteers have seen a dramatic change in the product on the field. It hasn’t been exactly the easiest of jobs but, what Coach Pruitt has been able to do in his three years has been nothing short of amazing. However, all that hard work will be short-lived if the Volunteers can’t find a way to win against Georgia.

As far as the matchup itself goes, Tennessee comes into the game with the Bulldogs looking to build off the offensive momentum that the Volunteers have established throughout the first two games of the season. The bread and butter for this offense has been the running game, behind the steel curtain of the Tennessee offensive line.

For the Georgia Bulldogs, they come into the game having won three straight SEC East championships, and since 2017 they have only lost seven games. In their last game, Georgia defeated Auburn by a score of 27-6.

Expect for this game to be a battle from start to finish. Tennessee is hungry, but Georgia is just that good. Whoever wins this game on Saturday afternoon will have a leg up on the SEC East, and if Tennessee does, pull off the upset, it will be time for the college football world to give credit to the men on Rocky Top. With only a ten-game SEC schedule this season, every game matters just a little more than it did last season. There’s no room for a loss even though we’re approaching week three of the college football season.

Tennessee and Georgia will kickoff at 2:30 central time on CBS.

Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. (5) and Tennessee linebacker Kivon Bennett (95) tackle Missouri running back Tyler Badie (1) during a SEC conference football game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Missouri Tigers held at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Kns Ut Football Missouri Bp

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