For some reason, I haven’t had a good feeling about tomorrow’s game. There hasn’t been the usual sense of energy surrounding a rivalry game for this one. Let’s face it – the only good story of the week has been the discovery that Arian Foster is multi-lingual.
What I’m afraid of is that we’re going to see more of what we saw in the Alabama game from the defense and that Stephens is going to have… well, it’s kind of silly to call it a career day when it’ll only be his second start… a successful day throwing the ball because the Georgia secondary will give him the short pass. Martinez will issue a statement afterwards that the defense just needs to continue to “keep working”.
That being said, I don’t sense a rout in the first half by any means because (1) Tennessee simply isn’t as good on offense as ‘Bama has been this year and (2) Southerland’s return at fullback is a big boost for the Georgia offense. Georgia should be able to run the ball more effectively than Tennessee, but absent some UT turnovers, I suspect that the Vols are going to be able to stay in the game by throwing. I look at that 13 point spread and shake my head. I hope I’m being unduly pessimistic.