The Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Bulldogs renew their SEC East rivalry this weekend. Where have we decided to place our college football picks in this southern style matchup?

Tennessee has proven that it has the talent but the mental stamina has been lacking during the Derek Dooley era. Speaking of which, with upcoming contests against Mississippi State and Alabama, the Dooley era might be winding down unless the Vols can start earning some tough wins.

Can the Vols prove the experts wrong against the Dawgs, who are favored by a whopping two touchdowns on the college football odds boards, or will Georgia show up to play? 

The Volunteers can win because… 


Tennessee can compete with Georgia in this game. The Vols were better than Florida for most of the game a couple of weeks ago but lost their poise late in the third quarter. This young team has a chance to learn and grow from that experience against Georgia. 

Tyler Bray, Tennessee's signal caller, owns an NFL-level arm. He has an NFL-worthy receiver to throw to in the form of Cordarrelle Patterson, who enjoyed a coming-out party in the Vols' season-opening win over North Carolina State. Tennessee also has a run-stuffing defense that, when matched up against Georgia's power rushing attack, should be able to hold its own. 

Florida hurt Tennessee with change-of-pace rushing plays that got outside the tackles. Georgia likes to stay between the tackles and that reality plays into the Vols' hands. This team simply did not have many resources last season against teams like Georgia and Florida. In 2012, Tennessee can compete on even terms as long as it does not get discouraged when a tough call or a bad break goes against it.

The Vols won't get outgunned in this game; they just need to aim accurately. 

The Bulldogs can win because… 

Their opponent isn't disciplined or tough enough.

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The Tennessee Volunteers have more talent than in the past two seasons when the program barely earned one bowl berth and failed to make the postseason in a separate campaign. For the first two and a half quarters of the Vols' game against Florida it appeared that Tennessee was going to break a seven-game losing streak against the hated Gators. Tennessee was moving the ball better, primarily because of superior quarterbacking and markedly better pass catching.

However, just when it seemed that Tennessee had the Gators on the ropes, leading by a 20-13 count, the Vols stepped off the gas pedal. Florida uncorked an 80-yard touchdown run to tie the game and after that moment in time, Tennessee collapsed.

The Volunteers, for all of their physical skills, are mentally weak. They do not respond well in periods of adversity, losing their nerve instead of redoubling their efforts.

This is not the kind of mindset that will enable Tennessee to win in Georgia against the defending SEC East Division champions. Georgia knows how to win and expects to succeed on the big stage. Attitude – coupled with the fact that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray makes too many poor decisions – should enable Georgia to pull away for a reasonably comfortable win… not a blowout, but not a cliffhanger, either. 

Outlook & NCAA Football Betting Prediction:

It's true that Tennessee owns a level of athleticism, which can legitimately trouble Georgia, but the Volunteers have not attained the mental toughness needed to win an SEC road game in front of a hostile crowd. Tennessee is going to experience more growing pains before it finally manages to win in the cauldron of the Southeastern Conference. Add Georgia to your college football picks in this tilt

College Football Picks: Georgia -14