It’s going to be loud.
Georgia’s ready for the crowd noise it’s likely to experience at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium this Saturday. Plenty of Bulldogs players have been there before and understand what they’re getting into. Tennessee’s stadium holds over 100,000 seats, and the stadium was constructed in a manner where the noise will resonate.
“You really can’t hear anything,” Georgia receiver Reggie Davis said. “If I was standing next to you I couldn’t really even hear you talk with the fans yelling. Execution and signals will be really important this week.”
How quarterback Greyson Lambert handles the crowd noise will be a huge factor in whether Georgia can sustain success on offense. Georgia’s lone road game thus far has been Vanderbilt, and the crowd was evenly split between the two teams.
Tennessee’s fan base will do its part to make things difficult on Lambert and the Georgia offense.
“That’s the biggest challenge that you have offensively, communication,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “Can you get everybody on the same page by the time you snap the ball? And then when you snap the ball is everybody getting off on the snap, on the cadence? It’s hard to do … We know what the cadence is, we can hear it, we can anticipate it. If you can’t hear it, the anticipation part is gone and now it’s a reaction. If everybody is reacting at the same time you’ve lost your advantage of being able to react first or move first. That’s one of the biggest reasons the home field is so crucial for people.”
This week, the Bulldogs have done their part to try and simulate what the Tennessee crowd noise will be like. They’ve piped in Tennessee’s fight song “Rocky Top” as well as other noises.
Of course, there’s no way to actually have the Georgia practice fields sound like 102,000 Tennessee fans.
“We’ve played that, we’ve played normal crowd noise,” Richt said. “It sounds more like a screech, really. I think it’s a recording of crowd noise but we magnify it. It just sounds more like a shrill. It’s loud -- obviously not as loud as they’ll make it but hopefully loud enough.”