The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs will look to continue their impressive 2017 season when they take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.
The Bulldogs come in riding high after thumping Mississippi State 31-3 in Athens last weekend. Meanwhile, Tennessee nearly scraped by UMass at home.
Below find all the information you need on the game, including game time, TV information, how to watch online and a preview for the Georgia-Tennessee game.
Heading down to field
And it promises to be a very happy locker room, suffice to say.
Jacob Eason returns
In mop-up duty, and he only threw one pass, an incompletion in the end zone to Jayson Stanley.
David Marvin was then given a chance to put points on the board, which he did with a 19-yard field goal.
Georgia clinging to 38-0 lead
The only drama left now is whether this is a shut-out. Tennessee hasn’t been blanked since 1994.
Georgia ‘blocks’ a punt
Yes, it goes down as a blocked punt for D’Andre Walker, as he was nearest the ball when Tennessee’s punter kicked it into Walker’s face mask. The ball ricocheted out of bounds at Tennessee’s 26.
That’s the second blocked punt of Walker’s career. He also had one as a freshman. With his hands.
The rout continues
Sony Michel goes up the middle for 21 yards, and Georgia has a 31-0 lead.
Tennessee fans now begin heading to the exits en masse. I’m actually surprised it took this long. Credit to them for waiting.
Georgia, by the way, now up to 224 rushing yards.
Even when Tennessee gets a big play …
Georgia’s defense forces a fumble at the end of the play and recovers. It’s just been that kind of afternoon.
John Kelly caught a pass up the middle and went 44 yards, the longest play of the game for the Vols, and into Georgia territory. Visions of ending the shutout.
But Georgia’s Aaron Davis stripped the ball and J.R. Reed recovered. The second takeaway for Reed this game, and the fourth turnover gained for the Bulldogs this game.
Seven halftime thoughts
1. This is the benefit of a great defense. Georgia’s offense came out shaky, the running game wasn’t there early, and Jake Fromm had a bad early interception. But the defense shut things down and forced its own turnovers, thus allowing the offense time to figure things out, which it very quickly did.
2. Jake Fromm has been clutch. Not perfect, by any means. Just clutch. His two third-down scrambles resulted in the touchdown on one drive, he ran for another TD after pulling an RPO back from Nick Chubb, and he made a couple big third-down throws to set up the first touchdown.
3. Tyrique McGhee is the player of the game on the other side of the ball. An interception, and two more knockaways. Georgia hasn’t lost anything with him in place of Malkom Parrish the past couple weeks.
4. Nick Chubb continues to look like he’s back to his old form, and he’s clearly enjoying the trip back here: 75 rushing yards on 11 carries.
5. Georgia lost one of its top defensive players, Trenton Thompson, to a knee injury, and yet it didn’t miss a beat. Again, this defense is good, and it’s deep. (No word yet on Thompson’s status, by the way.)
6. Rodrigo Blankenship’s touchback streak was snapped at 18. Blankenship only had 19 touchbacks all of last season. So let’s step back and imagine telling somebody after last season that at one point Blankenship would have 18 straight touchbacks.
7. We’re seeing two programs going in different directions. The boos are out from the home crowd, very unhappy with Butch “fake news” Jones. Georgia, on the other hand, is verging on 5-0 and looking very impressive doing so.
It’s a runaway
This is the part where we remember that Georgia has been in this position twice before against this team. Two years ago in this stadium the Bulldogs had a 24-3 lead in the first half, only to eventually lose.
But the Vols had made that a seven-point game by halftime. And they had Josh Dobbs and a decent offense.
Jake Fromm, meanwhile, is continuing to have a great game running the ball. That’s two touchdowns via the ground, the latter after pulling the ball away from Nick Chubb, who was absolutely clobbered in the backfield. But Georgia got the score.
Jake Fromm, scrambler
The running game got going on that drive, but the two key plays were off called pass plays: First Fromm scrambled for 12 yards on third-and-long, extending a drive that would have stalled just past midfield. Then Fromm scrambled for a 9-yard touchdown on third-and-goal.
All of Georgia’s 87 yards on that drive were via the run. Nick Chubb got it started with runs of 12 and then 23, and D’Andre Swift had a 22-yard run on third down – when Fromm appeared to check into a draw to the right, reacting to a blitz from the left.
Based on how Tennessee’s offense is playing, by the way, 17 points may be enough.
It hasn’t been an overall pretty game for Fromm, who had the interception and held the ball too long on a sack. But he’s once again getting it done.
Trenton Thompson injured
Georgia star defensive lineman Trenton Thompson has left the game with some sort of left knee injury. No immediate word on his status.
That wouldn’t be good for the Bulldogs, obviously, but they have a lot of depth on that line.
Georgia’s offense stagnating
Mainly it’s in the running game: The Bulldogs had 6 yards on their first 8 carries, before a 6-yard run by Sony Michel on second-and-long.
Georgia’s offensive line struggling a bit more in this one, obviously. It’s harder on the road, especially for the line.
Jake Fromm has also been sacked twice, and there have been a few more pressures. Tennessee is timing and selecting its blitzes well, with some clear lanes at the quarterback. And on the one just now, on third down in Georgia’s territory, Fromm held on to the ball too long.
Fromm also had his first serious mistake since the Notre Dame game, with an interception deep in Georgia territory. But Tennessee’s bumbling offense gave it right back by muffing the snap.
Reggie Carter out for game
Carter left the field slowly during a drive late in the first quarter. He was then seen heading to the locker room without his helmet, and soon after the media was told that Carter would not return.
Carter, a senior inside linebacker, has played roughly half of Georgia’s defensive snaps this season, maybe a little less.
Javon Wims burns Shaq Wiggins
Yes, that was former Georgia cornerback Shaq Wiggins at cornerback on Georgia’s touchdown: Wiggins, now at Tennessee, couldn’t stay with Javon Wims, who got open in the left corner, and Jake Fromm’s pass is there, Wims going up to grab it and holding on as he came down.
Georgia’s offense does look shaky, but Fromm made two big passes when he needed to on that drive, and both were on third down: The touchdown pass, and the 24-yarder to Terry Godwin, one play after Tennessee batted around an ill-advised Fromm pass.
Tennessee, on the other hand, just looks like it has nothing on offense. Give credit to the home crowd, it turned out and it’s trying to get behind its team – causing a couple timeouts by Georgia to avoid delays of game – but the home team’s offense can’t do anything yet.
A few personnel updates
Solomon Kindley entered at right guard on Georgia’s third drive. Dyshon Sims started there after Kindley’s sprained ankle last week, but Kindley is at least healthy enough to play.
Malkom Parrish is again playing only in dime formations, as an extra cornerback. Tyrique McGhee is again starting at the left cornerback, and is off to a whale of a start.
A good start, but a missed opportunity
Georgia strikes first with a Rodrigo Blankenship field goal, and Tennessee’s offense looks … not good, so far.
Georgia’s defense set up the offense. Well, Tennessee’s offense set it up: Quentin Dormady’s lob pass to the right was picked off by Tyrique McGhee, and the Bulldogs got the ball 28 yards from the goal-line.
But the offense couldn’t move the markers: Nick Chubb got two carries for 7 yards, and then Jake Fromm’s third-down pass to Isaac Nauta was incomplete, and almost picked off.
Sony Michel was wide open down the left sideline. Fromm either didn’t see him, or thought the middle was there, and Nauta did slip. Still, Michel was so open that it looked like the play was designed to go to him.
Tennessee, meanwhile, goes three-and-out on its second drive.
Georgia-Tennessee: Live updates, score
1Q 13:38 : Georgia 3, Tennessee 0
Rodrigo Blankenship kicks a 38-yard field goal after Tyrique McGhee intercepts Tennessee’s first pass on the game’s first snap.
What time is the Georgia-Tennessee game?
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.,
Odds: Georgia -7.5
What TV channel is Georgia-Tennessee on?
The Georgia game will be on CBS. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will be on the call for the game
Can I watch Georgia-Tennessee online?
Yes, you can watch the Georgia-Tennessee game on CBS Sports Live.
How can I listen to Georgia-Tennessee on the radio
Fans can click here for radio options for the game.
1. Is there a Georgia letdown?
Last week was the best Georgia has ever looked under Kirby Smart. The defense dominated, surrendering just 3 points to what many thought would be a dominant Mississippi State offense. But many Georgia fans are weary heading into Knoxville, especially given that the Volunteers have been able to pull out close victories the last two times these two teams have met. Georgia should dominate Tennessee, but if the Bulldogs aren’t 100 percent focused, the Volunteers will make a game of it.
2. How does Nick Chubb play?
Georgia’s star running back has a checkered history with Tennessee. In his stellar career with the Bulldogs, he had just 13 carries for 37 yards, by far his lowest against any SEC East foe. Part of that is due to the fact that he was injured last year when the two teams met and he famously got hurt on the first offensive play of the game the last time these two played in Knoxville.
It would be a pretty sweet moment for Chubb to finally have a big day against the Volunteers given how he has played against just about everybody else.
3. Does a quarterback controversy arise?
Jake Fromm looked very, very good last week. He threw for a touchdown on the game’s opening play and did not throw an incompletion in the first half. He threw the ball only 12 times for the entire game, but still finished with 201 passing yards.
Jacob Eason is getting closer and closer to being back to full health. And should that happen against Tennessee, Smart may have a decision to make as to who will quarterback the Bulldogs. With the raucous Neyland Stadium crowd, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Fromm struggle and Eason, if healthy, to potentially get back onto the field.