Georgia shouldn’t be overconfident coming into this week’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers , but if you were looking at some of the betting lines one would think that Georgia was playing UT-Martin instead of the Tennessee Volunteers.
Some betting experts have Georgia as a 11.5 point favorite to the Volunteers, who lost to #12 LSU in Baton Rogue by two points.
Dealing with adversity will be a big factor this week with both programs reeling, and what if Georgia doesn’t come out with intensity this week against Tennessee and the Bulldogs deliver a flat performance?
The trick is how do we handle this week,” said Dooley in his weekly press conference. “We’ve got an opponent that’s starving for a win. It’s a prideful program. It’s one of the winningest programs in the last 10 years in the country. And to think that they’re going to get down or go in the tank is absurd.”
It is a little shocking to see Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs have a down year with their only win against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Georgia hasn’t been able to overcome the suspension of A.J. Green and the other off-the-field matters in regard to players such as Washaun Ealey.
Every program has problems of some sort, but the Bulldogs haven’t been able to shake off their own setbacks this season.
Even though Tennessee is a big underdog , Derek Dooley’s Volunteers only losses have come to top-10 teams– Florida, Oregon and LSU.
Coach Richt was very complimentary to Coach Dooley’s squad.
“Tennessee has a very physical football team,” Richt said. “They will try to knock us off the ball and make big plays from a physical standpoint. We’ll have to try to match that.”
Richt was asked about how he felt that his team was a double-digit favorite this weekend over Tennessee.
“We’re a 13-point favorite?” coach Mark Richt replied, incredulously, when I brought that up. “Wow! Hope they’re right. Are you kidding me? I don’t look at those things, I really don’t, but wow.”
Georgia will need a lot of support this weekend in their effort to beat Tennessee and fight off a five-game losing streak.
A five-game losing streak would be the first the Bulldogs have had since the early 1950’s.