ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows what’s coming at Tennessee.
A stacked line to stop the run, some exotic blitzes designed to put Jake Fromm on the turf and press man coverage outside.
Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt will pick his spots to mix in some variety, but Smart knows at the end of the day the Bulldogs will need to make some big plays to open up some running room.
Georgia brings a 4-0 mark and No. 3 national ranking into the 7 p.m. game on Saturday at Neyland Stadium against the upset-minded Vols (1-3).
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Smart said that in addition to the well-documented familiarity the staffs have with one another, there’s also a similar style of play.
“I told the players, our offense is not exactly like theirs, our defense is not exactly like theirs, but there are similarities,” Smart said following Tuesday afternoon practice. “With that, you get some overlap, you’re able to run some plays that both teams run. We practice against each other anyway.
“We see a lot of the same plays most of the time anyway, so we see a lot of the same plays most of the time, but it does allow you to go a little more good on good and you get the guys more competitive reps. But they’re in the same situation.”
Georgia will be looking to take the next step on offense and defense following a bye week.