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The Friday Five
Georgia is a big favorite on Saturday against Tennessee. The Bulldogs have a pretty clear talent advantage and the game is being played at home. While it will take more than just five players to lead Georgia to a win, these are the five we feel are going to standout. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on CBS and can be heard on the radio on WSB 95.5 FM, 750 AM,
Mecole Hardman, junior wide receiver
Hardman has found the endzone in every game this season, and we expect that streak to continue. The Volunteers don’t have a ton of talent in their secondary, and while Jeremy Pruitt can scheme up a defense as well as anyone, Hardman’s talent might be too much.
Expect Hardman to get open a few times on Saturday and when he does, sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm should be able to find him.
Natrez Patrick, senior linebacker
Much has been made about Georgia’s run defense this week after the Bulldogs gave up 172 yards and four touchdowns against Missouri. Part of that is due to Georgia selling out to stop the pass, something the Bulldogs won’t need to do against Tennessee. The Volunteers have the fewest pass attempts in the SEC.
That should play into Patrick’s strength, as he’s much better against the run than he is against the pass. And with Monty Rice’s status up in the air, Georgia will need a big game from its senior linebacker
Cade Mays, freshman offensive lineman
Mays isn’t a lock to play this week as it appears Andrew Thomas will be able to start at left tackle. But Mays has been working at right guard this week and seems like a very probable replacement for the injured Ben Cleveland.
This will be an emotional game for Mays as he is from Knoxville, Tenn. and was a long-time Tennessee commit. The Vols fans on Twitter haven’t exactly had the nicest things to say about Mays on Twitter, so look for the freshman to turn that hate into a strong performance. This again should be another audition for future playing time for Mays when Cleveland returns.
Elijah Holyfield, junior running back
Through the first four games of the season, Holyfield has been Georgia’s best running back and not many fans would’ve expected that prior to the start of the season.
But Holyfield has gotten better in each game and with Georgia sophomore running back D’Andre Swift battling a groin injury, the junior running back seems ready to go off against a middling Tennessee run defense that gave up 201 rushing yards to Florida last week.
J.R. Reed, junior safety
We mentioned earlier that Tennessee has thrown the fewest passes in the SEC so far this season. That likely means that Deandre Baker won’t be tested much and Richard LeCounte won’t be asked to defend a ton of deeper passes.
This game will be played a lot closer to the line of scrimmage and we think that favors Reed this week. He’s already hauled in one interception this year, and we think he might be able to snag another against Tennessee on Saturday.
The top three Larry Munson calls
Today would have been Georgia broadcasting legend Larry Munson’s 96th birthday, so why not take this section to honor the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs. Even though he stopped calling games for the Bulldogs in 2008, his presence can still be felt on Saturdays in Athens. And we can only wonder what magical words he would’ve used to describe Georgia’s 2017 season.
So hunker down and enjoy what are my three favorite Munson calls. Have a different favorite? Let me know in the comments below or over at the DawgNation Forum.
3. “My God, a freshman”
Herschel Walker is the best player to ever don a Georgia uniform and Munson had the perfect introduction for the eventual Heisman Trophy winner. Walker bowling over Tennessee linebacker Bill Bates is my favorite play in Georgia football history and Munson’s call is almost as good as Walker’s touchdown run.
2. “There’s going to be some property destroyed tonight”
A play so good that Munson admits he broke his chair in his excitement. Lindsey Scott’s 92-yard catch and run is arguably the most dramatic play in Georgia football history, but that’s not why this is my second favorite Munson call. Him saying “There’s going to be some property destroyed tonight,” shows that he has such a perfect understanding of what this game means to the Georgia fan base.
1. “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose”
I don’t know what a hobnail boot is but that doesn’t matter. What a perfect combination of words to describe an upset win over the then No. 6 ranked Tennessee Volunteers. It might not be the biggest moment in Georgia football history or the most spectacular, but Munson’s call on the David Greene touchdown pass is why sports are just the best.
Week 5 College football picks
We went 5-0-1 against the spread last week and was a blocked Rodrigo Blankenship field goal away from going 6-0. Despite another strong week, a reminder to not put actual money on these picks.
- Tennessee at No. 2 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET CBS, Radio-WSB 95.5 FM and 750 AM: Georgia has never been a bigger favorite over Tennessee and that’s largely due to the gap never being wider between these two programs. Tennessee hasn’t looked good against Power 5 competition this season and after a less than stellar performance against Missouri, I think Georgia is just going to pour it on the Volunteers. Georgia 44(-31.0), Tennessee 3
- Florida at No. 23 Mississippi State, 6 p.m. ET ESPN: Dan Mullen makes his return to Starkville after he left for Florida last season. He knows his former team well and the Bulldogs are coming off a rough loss to Kentucky. This will be a big moment for Nick Fitzgerald and Joe Moorhead in a game they’ll win, but not by as much as Las Vegas thinks. Mississippi State 28, Florida 24(+7)
- South Carolina at No. 17 Kentucky, 7:30 ET SEC Network: A lot has been made about Kentucky this week after its dominant win over Mississippi State .. And yes the Wildcats have won four in a row against the Gamecocks. But something about this South Carolina team just makes me think they’re going to go into Kentucky and come out with a win on Saturday: South Carolina 24(+1), Kentucky 20
- No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State, 7:30 ET ABC: College GameDay will be in town for this game which figures to put up a lot of points. I think Trace McSorely is going to end up winning the Heisman and this game will be a big reason why. Give me the home underdog in Penn State to pull out the win. Penn State 41(+4), Ohio State 35
- No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame, 7:30 ET NBC: Notre Dame made a switch at quarterback last week as it went to Ian Book. But as we all know, Stanford loves to get the better of books, so look for the Cardinal to once again pull out a road win over a top-25 team. Stanford 31(+5.5), Notre Dame 24
- No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 Cal, 10:30 ET FS1: Oregon choked away the game against Stanford last week. Justin Herbert might be the best quarterback in the country, so look for him and the Ducks to get a split against the Pac 12’s Bay Area teams. Oregon 38(-1.5), Cal 20.
Record on the season: 14-9-1(Against the Spread)
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