Georgia vs. Tennessee: 5 reasons why the Bulldogs beat the Vol

It’s finally here. The battle of the two remaining undefeateds in the Southeastern Conference, Georgia vs. Tennessee, kicks off this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

With both teams sitting at 8-0, the winner of this game can punch their ticket to the SEC championship.

Georgia is an 8.5 point favorite to beat the Vols, per BetMGM. The over/under is set at 66.5.

All the talk has been about Tennessee’s offense, which is certainly fair. Look at the numbers;

you’ll see the Vols either lead or almost lead the nation in the major categories.

But Georgia’s defense is no joke, and though it’s not on the same level as last year’s squad,

this team can give Hendon Hooker a tough time, especially with it being in Athens.

Defensively, Tennessee ranks very low practically everywhere, most notably in passing defense.

Stetson Bennett could be due for a big day. But can he do enough to keep up?

Here are five reasons Georgia beats the Vols on Saturday…

5. Tennessee's passing defense ranks No. 127 in the nation (out of 131)

4. Penalties, penalties, penalties

3. History has to count for something, right?

2. Georgia will be able to play its style of offense

1. It's in Athens...and Georgia is ranked No. 3...

5. Tennessee's passing defense ranks No. 127 in the nation (out of 131) Notable QB performances vs. Tennessee’s defense this season include: Ball State’s QB putting up 269 yards Florida’s Anthony Richardson had 453 passing yards against them LSU’s Jayden Daniels had 300 yards Bryce Young had 455 yards The UT Martin QB had 301 yards

4. Penalties, penalties, penalties Another not-so-good stat for Tennessee is that Vols rank No. 124 out of 131 teams in terms of penalty yards surrendered per game. They’re averaging 74 yards per game given up by penalties. They commit 8.4 penalties per game (No. 122 in the FBS).

3. History has to count for something, right? Georgia and Tennessee have each other played 51 times dating back to 1899. Georgia holds the series edge 26-23-2. Georgia’s won five in a row and 10 of the last 12 against the Vols.

Prediction: Georgia 45, Tennessee 35