Here is your primer for Saturday’s game against Georgia and Tennessee.
Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. EST
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
National radio: Sports USA (Alex Faust, Gary Barnett, Heather Harrington)
Radio: Macon -- 105.5 FM; Columbus -- 95.3 FM; Athens -- 960 AM/106.1 FM; Atlanta -- 750 AM (Scott Howard, Eric Zeier, Chuck Dowdle)
Sirius/XM: Channel 83/190
Weather: High 60s, cloudy, with a 15 percent chance of precipitation. Wind will be moving north at about 8 mph.
Georgia’s season thus far: Georgia suffered a blowout 38-10 loss against Alabama last Saturday, which was its first real competition of the season. The game was essentially decided in the second quarter, when the Crimson Tide reeled off 21 unanswered points after the Bulldogs tied the game at 3-3. Alabama added two more scores in the third quarter, which emptied Sanford Stadium. Before the Alabama loss, Georgia impressed against inferior competition through the first four weeks of the season.
Tennessee’s season thus far: The Volunteers were a preseason darling, with a lot of folks believing they could be a darkhorse contender to win the SEC East. Well, Tennessee is now 2-3 after collapsing in the second half in games against Oklahoma and Florida, and losing a close one to Arkansas. Head coach Butch Jones is now on the hot seat as Tennessee is all of a sudden desperate for a win.
Series history: Both teams are even with one another at 21-21-2. The series began in 1899.
Last meeting: Sept. 27, 2014. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32.
Georgia’s key offensive players: RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, QB Greyson Lambert, WR Malcolm Mitchell
Georgia’s key defensive players: LB Leonard Floyd, OLB Jordan Jenkins, ILB Jake Ganus, S Dominick Sanders
Tennessee’s key offensive players: QB Joshua Dobbs, RB Jalen Hurd, TE Ethan Wolf, WR Josh Malone
Tennessee’s key defensive players: LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, DE Derek Barnett, DT Owen Williams, CB Cameron Sutton
What a win means for Georgia: After losing to Alabama, Georgia needs a win to remain in control of its quest for an SEC East title. Georgia has no room for error if it wants to get to Atlanta to compete for a conference championship, and ultimately a spot in the College Football Playoff. It would be a huge morale boost as well, considering how badly the Bulldogs lost a week ago.
What a win means for Tennessee: Tennessee already has two SEC losses and therefore needs a win and some help to get back in the division race. The Volunteers have their backs against the wall with everything that’s transpired in recent weeks. You can argue that Tennessee needs this win just to save or salvage its season.