- Georgia are 12.5-point favorites this week as they take on Tennessee on October 10th at 3:30 PM EST on CBS
- With both teams at 2-0, this game will give the winner an early foothold at the top of the SEC East
- Read below for odds, analysis, and our best bet for this matchup at Sanford Stadium
After both teams bounced back from disappointing week one performances in week two, the Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers will face off in week three of SEC action.
This game has huge implications on the SEC East race. In the Tennessee vs Georgia odds, Kirby Smart’s squad are favored by a wide margin.
#14 Tennessee Volunteers vs #3 Georgia Bulldogs Odds
|Tennessee Volunteers||+12.5 (-108)||+440||O 43.5 (-108)|
|Georgia Bulldogs||-12.5 (-112)||-650||U 43.5 (-112)|
Odds taken Oct. 7 at FanDuel
Bulldogs Have Their Bite Back
It was no secret that even in a lopsided opening win against Arkansas, Georgia didn’t look nearly like the program that’s on the cusp of the playoff nearly every year. Against Auburn in week two, most of that concern was alleviated.
In a 27-6 victory against the Tigers, Georgia was dominant. They held Bo Nix to under 200 yards on 40 passes and kept the Auburn run game from ever getting going. Against one of the SEC’s better teams, the Bulldogs made it look easy.
Additionally, the play of quarterback Stetson Bennett was impressive. The man many viewed as the potential replacement for JT Daniels went 37-of-57 for 451 yards and three touchdowns. It’s scary to now know that the Bulldogs have two guys in the quarterback room capable of running this offense at a high level.
Vols Off To a Hot Start
After losing to Georgia State and BYU to open 2019, the goal for Jeremy Pruitt this year was very clear; this team has to start faster. Through two weeks, that has been the case.
Tennessee was victorious in week one against South Carolina, a team that has given them a ton of trouble in recent years. The Vols have a history of losing close SEC games in recent seasons, and a win like that was confirmation of the progress under Pruitt.
The victory over Missouri in week two was less stressful with Tennessee winning 35-12. The emergence of Ty Chandler and Erik Gray was displayed in that game, as the two combined for 195 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
What’s the Best Bet?
After last week’s dominant win over Auburn, it may seem like Georgia -12.5 is the way to go. There is, however, one key difference between The Tigers and the Volunteers, and that is displayed up front.
When it comes to offensive lines, the Volunteers are significantly stronger than Auburn. Trey Smith, Wanya Morris, and Brandon Kennedy are the headliners on one of the conference’s best units, and the recent approval of Cade Mays’ transfer makes the line even better.
Where Bo Nix had no time in the pocket and the Auburn running game had little daylight to run through, Tennessee’s offensive line should pave the way for Gray and Chandler.
Tennessee doesn’t have the elite quarterback play to defeat Georgia. That being said, behind maybe the best offensive line in the conference and a defense that gives up under 200 passing yards per game, the Vols will make this one close.
Best Bet: Tennessee +12.5 (-108)