Saturday, September 29, 2012
A lot on the line Between the Hedges
By Edward Aschoff
ATHENS, Ga. -- A lot is at stake inside Sanford Stadium.
Georgia wants to get back to Atlanta, while Tennessee is trying to prove it can still hang in the East.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs enter today's matchup sporting a nine-game conference winning streak in the regular season (not counting last season's national championship), while Tennessee has lost two straight SEC games going back to last season. The Vols were overwhelmed in the second half against Florida earlier this season, and that can't happen again today.
If the Vols want a shot at pulling the upset, they have to play for four quarters. Georgia is built to do it, but we don't know if the Vols are. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray went as far to say that the Vols "disappeared" and "crawled in a shell" in the second half against Florida.
That type of behavior won't cut it "Between the Hedges."
Tennessee also has to develop a tougher running game. Without it, this offense could be in trouble. Bray can't afford to throw the ball 40 times against this defense, especially with Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree coming back.