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Well, I can’t let Florida-Tennessee pass without saying something.
So here goes:
First, it’s worth remembering that while Georgia is no longer Florida’s bitch, Tennessee still is.
Second, it’s rather startling to consider how irrelevant today’s game is.
59 Years since Florida and Tennessee squared off and neither team was ranked, as is the case for their game on Saturday. In 1955, Tennessee defeated Florida 20-0 in the most recent game in the series between unranked teams. Since the AP poll began in 1936, Florida and Tennessee have met twice when neither team was ranked, the other a 14-0 victory for the Gators in 1954. The teams had 31 consecutive meetings in which at least one of them was ranked. In 20 of those games, both were ranked. In the previous 28 games, Florida was ranked.
And if the Gators lose today, it’ll be even more insignificant.
Aaron Murray is gone, but the series goes on.
All the back and forth we’ve had this week about the game – in the end, I think it boils down to whether Georgia shows up today. Not in the Woody Allen sense, but in the Aaron Murray sense.
I don’t think there’s any question that on paper, Georgia’s been the better team so far this season. Or that Tennessee comes in hoping that a whole bunch of green players grow up in a hurry on the road.
In the loss to the Sooners, Tennessee faced 11 plays of third-and-10 or longer, and that’s a bad formula for any offensive line, especially one as young as Tennessee’s.
That’s a lot to ask, especially if the Dawgs don’t offer any help.
If it’s likely that Georgia scores 40+ points today, and recent history tends to support that premise, I have a hard time seeing how Tennessee keeps up. The Vols have yet to score forty in a game this season; I don’t care how shaky Georgia’s secondary may be, if you can’t hang forty on the likes of Utah State and Arkansas State, it’s not a good sign for huge offensive success today.
Georgia just needs to show up.
Have at your game day thread in the comments.
Okay, if you’re looking for Tennessee’s version of the wheel route – the can’t miss play call against Georgia’s pass defense – here’s my candidate:
All Hitch Concept
The all hitch concept is one of my favorite Butch Jones concepts – and, really, favorite plays in my playbook.
The reason I love this play so much is that it is easy. The throw is predetermined before the snap, so, really, the QB just needs to take the snap, rock and fire. The read is simple – pre-snap – find the deepest DB away from any of your WR and throw it to them. It really is that simple. The QB is directed to make the easiest throw possible. In the play below, UT exploits Oklahoma’s soft quarters coverage for a quick 12 yards.
I bring this to your attention because against SC and some against Troy, Georgia still has the tendency to bail out of their pre-snap positions a little soon and show the rolling coverage too quick. If Jones sees the ability to get quick throws for Worley and get him into a rhythm without much pressure, they could have a lot of success.
That call will eat an undisciplined secondary alive. And it’s going to come too quickly for a pass rush to affect it.
Jeremy Pruitt sees Tennessee’s offensive line in the same boat as Georgia’s secondary.
The way Bulldogs first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt sees it, his guys are going through the same developmental process as Tennessee’s offensive line.
“They’ve got a lot of new guys up there, and the guys they had were there for a long time,” Pruitt said. “They’ve been productive all year. They’re probably like us a little bit in that when you’ve got five new guys or six or seven counting the tight ends, you might have six out of seven do the right thing on one play, but it only takes one guy for a breakdown.
“I’m sure they’re like anybody else in the country in that they’re trying to sustain over the course of a game.”
Except the Vols may be even greener in spots.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said this week that there could be many instances in which an entire side of his offense is comprised of true freshmen: right guard Jayshon Robertson, right tackle Coleman Thomas, tight end Ethan Wolf and receiver Josh Malone.
If Jalen Hurd starts, that’s another true freshman running behind them and providing the last line of pass protection for Worley. But I’m sure they’ll play just as well on the road as South Carolina’s right side did in Columbia. Because, Georgia pass defense.
Tennessee is down two of its top three receivers (in terms of receiving yardage) for Saturday. Nah, it’s probably no big deal. Last year showed that key injuries to skill set players have little impact on the game.
Then again, if Georgia does win comfortably, there’s your ready excuse to Dawgrade the result.
As I mentioned in my game review, I really liked the version of the Wildcat… er, Wild Dawg, Georgia trotted out against Troy, with Michel taking the direct snap from center and McKenzie running the jet sweep. And not just from a results on the field standpoint. I like that it gave Tennessee’s defensive coaches something to ponder.
So, needless to say, I’m down with Richt being coy about the formation’s future.
“Everybody has called it the Wildcat formation for the longest, but ‘Wild Dawg’ is probably not a bad way to go,” said UGA coach Mark Richt when asked about it during his Monday night radio show. “I would think we’ll see a little bit more of that before it’s over. I don’t know how much we’ll do. But (Michel) really has got a good knack for it, and his former high school teammate – Isaiah McKenzie – is a good speed-sweep guy, which is always a part of that Wildcat system.”
Even if Bobo never calls it this Saturday, making the Vols spend preparation time on it is a win of sorts. Particularly since Tennessee is having to work on something else it’s seen infrequently.
Jancek noted Georgia’s offensive line’s role in a rushing attack that’s averaged 304 yards per game, and facing a power team like the Bulldogs will be an adjustment for the Vols, who see mostly spread looks from their own offense and two of their first three opponents.
“We don’t get to see that a lot even in spring practice,” the coordinator said. “We don’t get to see that a lot in fall camp. It is foreign, and that’s been a challenge for us to try and make sure that we cover all of our bases when it comes to the two-back offenses and the problem they can create with that two-back system.”
Just because you throw eight guys in the box doesn’t mean you’ve automatically shut down the other team’s running game.