Tennessee at Georgia - 11/5/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs (8-0) vs Tennessee Volunteers (8-0)

Game Info: Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 3:30 pm (Sanford Stadium)

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The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Athens and play the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday from Sanford Stadium. Georgia and Tennessee have faced off in every season since 1992, but no previous matchup will match the magnitude of this meeting. Tennessee dominated the head to head during the 90s, but Georgia holds the all-time series lead 26-23-2.

Tennessee improved to 8-0 after defeating Kentucky at home in Week 9. The Canes shut the Hokies out for three quarters before blowing the spread in the fourth quarter. Tennessee scores 30.7 points per game, while passing for 321.6 yards per game (21st), and rushing for 143.9 ypg (151st). The Tennessee defense allows 18.2 points per game.

Hendon Hooker has been the leading force behind Tennessee's return to prominence. The senior quarterback cemented his legacy with a legendary performance against Alabama and he can double down with another memorable outing here. Hooker threw for five touchdowns in that game, and he threw for three more and scored on the ground in the win over Kentucky. Hooker has thrown for 2,338 passing yards with 21 touchdowns to one interceptions, and he’s run for 338 rushing yards and four more scores through eight starts. 

Jabari Small and Jaylen Wright split the load for Rocky Top. Small has been the workhorse since the start of SEC play, and he’s scored in six of eight games this season. Small dashed for a season-high 127 yards versus LSU, and after a solid showing versus UK, he’s up to 475 rushing yards and eight scores for the season. Wright has spelled him over the past five games and he’s run for an identical 478 rushing yards.

Jalin Hyatt has turned into a star right before our eyes. In the two games since his impeccable five-touchdown catch showing versus Bama, the junior wideout has continued to terrorize, going for 174 yards in the homecoming win over UT Martin and 138 yards in the win over UK. Hyatt is among the nation’s leads with 45 receptions, 907 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. Bru McCoy’s emergence (30/451/2) and Cedric Tillman’s return makes them even scarier at wideout.

Georgia is 8-0 after defeating Florida in Week 8. The Bulldogs held off a late rally from the Gators to win their fourth Cocktail Party in their last five years. Georgia is scoring 41.8 points per game, while passing for 328.6 yards per game (12th) and rushing for 196.7 ypg (45th). The Georgia defense is allowing just 10.5 points, which is third in the entire country. 

Stenson Bennett is enjoying another strong season behind center in Athens. The senior quarterback comes into one of the biggest games of his career, but he’s been here before. The veteran quarterback has seen grander stages, but he’ll have to be stellar to keep up with Hooker in this one. Bennett has passed for 2,349 passing yards with nine touchdowns to one interception, while adding 5 scores on the ground.

Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh lead the Bulldog backfield. Edwards has scored seven times in the last four games, and he leads the Dawgs with 442 rushing yards. McIntosh has added 332 rushing yards, 29 catches and 265 receiving yards thus far. Ladd McConkey leads the wideout room with 33 receptions, while electric tight end Brock Bowers leads Georgia with 547 receiving yards after a big game versus Florida.

Tennessee is 6-2 against the spread this season, with a 2-0 record on the road. Georgia is 4-4 against the spread this season, with a 2-2 record at home.  The over is 11-3 in the Volunteers last 14 games overall.

In between the hedges this weekend, we’ll receive a rare matchup of two number-one ranked teams ultimately battling it out for a spot in both the SEC Championship and the CFB Playoff picture, and the right to be named the undisputed champion. This could be beautiful.

Tennessee somehow finds themselves in another game of the year candidate, while Georgia’s about to find out just how real they are this season. The Volunteers have already climbed a tall mountain this year, but they now face an even stiffer task. How well the Bulldogs handle the best offense they’ve come across this season remains to be seen.

The Volunteers will have the upper hand at the most important position on the field, and that itself will give them a strong chance this weekend. Josh Heupel’s squad has got something special brewing, and it’s time for someone to crash this two-step atop the SEC. Tennessee has climbed the mountain once, and under very different circumstances, they have a good shot this weekend. Spot the Vols the points for the one of the biggest regular season matchups of all-time.

Corey’s Pick Tennessee +8

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