Statistical Breakdown: How Georgia, Tennessee stack up ahead of undefeated showdown

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 below; 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’s a look at how the two teams stack up statistically heading into Saturday’s game:

Scoring offense: Georgia: No. 6 with 41.8 PPG Tennessee: No. 1 with 49.4 PPG

Passing offense: Georgia: No. 8 with 328.1 passing YPG Tennessee: No. 2 with 353.4 passing YPG

Rushing offense: Georgia: No. 23 with 202 rushing YPG Tennessee: No. 25 with 199.6 rushing YPG

Total offense: Georgia: No. 2 with 530 total YPG Tennessee: No. 1 with 553 total YPG

First downs: Georgia: No. 6 with 26.9 first downs per game Tennessee: No. 8 with 26.1 first downs per game

Sacks allowed: Georgia: No. 6 with 7 sacks allowed this season Tennessee: No. 40 with 13 sacks allowed this season

Big plays (20+ yards) Georgia: Tied for No. 9 with 54 plays of 20+ yards this season Tennessee: Tied for No. 9 with 54 plays of 20+ yards this season

Penalties: Georgia: No. 15 with 39.4 penalty YPG allowed Tennessee: No. 124 with 739. penalty YPG allowed

Scoring defense: Georgia: No. 2 with 10.5 PPG allowed Tennessee: No. 26 with 21 PPG allowed

Passing defense: Georgia: No. 13 with 177.1 passing YPG allowed Tennessee: No. 127 with 300.8 passing YPG allowed

Rushing defense: Georgia: No. 4 with 85.3 rushing YPG allowed Tennessee: No. 9 with 92.8 rushing YPG allowed

Total defense: Georgia: No. 4 with 262.5 total YPG allowed Tennessee: No. 83 with 393.6 total YPG allowed

Sacks: Georgia: No. 120 with 10 sacks this season Tennessee: No. 34 with 21 sacks this season

Turnover margin: Georgia: No. 68 with an even turnover margin Tennessee: No. 10 with a +8 turnover margin


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