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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.
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