There is no doubt what type of game the Georgia Bulldogs and Mark Richt want to play on Saturday against the Vols. The Dawgs are going to do what they do best and that’s run.
The Bulldogs have rushed for 912 yards on 118 carries so far this season with a 7.7 average rushing yards per carry. Todd Gurley, potential heisman candidate, has the bulk of those carries rushing for 402 yards himself with an incredible 9.8 yards per carry. There is no surprise that Tennessee will most likely stack the box.
Having said that, an important matchup Saturday for the Vols will be in the secondary with Cam Sutton. Hutson Mason, Quarterback for Georgia, has only passed for 419 yards on 59 attempts. Thats not dazzling numbers, but on Saturday you can count on an important role in the passing game. Cam Sutton, the former Freshman All-American, will most likely be matched up outside on Chris Conley or Michael Bennett. The two combine for 18 receptions, 237 yards, and 2 touchdowns this season.
In this particular game, the secondary for the Vols will have the edge. The knee injury of star reciever Malcom Mitchell will keep him off the Vols mind. The Sophomore defensive back will be on an island most of the day due to an explosive run game from Gurley and company. The play-action pass from Richt and his offense could be the difference in the game. Sutton has one interception on the year and 13 solo tackles.
As we stand, the Big Orange hold a one game series advantage over the Dawgs (21-20-2). If Tennessee wants to keep a winning record against Georgia Saturday they will have to stack the box and let the All-American do what he does best.
There is no question Gurley and his fellow backs will make a splash, but that’s expected. Cam Sutton and the defense will need to force the Bulldog offense into long third downs and press Mason to throw the ball. An unproven pass game could have the lone defensive backs of the Vols feasting in the secondary.
Edited by Will Lomas