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…
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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