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Tennessee needs to prove it can beat top teams

Brandon Adams

Georgia football fans can “get to know” the Bulldogs’ upcoming SEC opponent, and get a preview of UGA’s keys to victory each with with Get To Know — presented by The Piedmont Bank. Host Brandon Adams examines the key storylines involving Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs as they attempt to navigate an unprecedented schedule in pursuit of an SEC championship and a berth into the College Football Playoff. This week’s edition of Get To Know focuses on the value of Tennessee’s eight-game winning streak, which stretches back to last season, ahead of the Vols’ upcoming matchup with Georgia.

Get To Know: Tennessee needs to prove it can beat top teams

Georgia undoubtedly has questions to answer when it takes on Tennessee on Saturday.

Are the Bulldogs as good as the dominant victory against Auburn suggests, or are they as vulnerable as the first half at Arkansas might indicate?

Yet any intrigue around UGA is insignificant in comparison to the mystery around Tennessee.

The Vols have won eight consecutive games — including a run of six straight wins to conclude the 2019 season. However, most of those wins were earned against less-than-stellar competition — teams much weaker than UGA, the Vols’ opponent this Saturday.

Does Tennessee’s winning streak mean it’s ready to be more competitive with a top opponent, or are the Vols still the same team the Bulldogs coasted in the second half against last season on the way to a 43-14 win?

We’ll find out Saturday, but it’s fair to say no one will buy into a “Tennessee is back” narrative until the Vols beat a team other than Missouri or South Carolina.

Of course, UGA coach Kirby Smart has tried to talk up this week’s opponent during his press conferences — including stating that he thought the Vols’ offensive and defensive lines were “ahead of” last week’s opponent, Auburn.

Yet many UGA fans will need to see proof of that to believe it.

Tennessee hasn’t beaten a top 10 team since 2006 — going 0-32 against top 10 teams over that stretch. And most UGA fans expect the streak to continue this Saturday.

For more on Tennessee, including what CBS Sports’ Brad Nessler said Tennessee needs to prove in Saturday’s game, check out the lastest edition of Get To Know, linked above.

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