Vols Jazzed to Host Top Ranked Georgia
(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee football team is looking forward to a great opportunity this weekend when the Vols host top-ranked Georgia in a nationally televised game inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
The Big Orange are confident after a road win over No. 18 Kentucky last Saturday night in Lexington and will look to carry that momentum into a huge matchup featuring the top two teams in the SEC East standings.
“From players to staff, huge week right here. Great opponent in Georgia. Excited to get going with these guys,” head coach Josh Heupel said. “Huge test for us and one that we are very excited about. Great to be back home, been a long time since we’ve gotten a chance to play inside Neyland Stadium.
“Expect a great environment back home. Looking forward to the opportunity to play well and go compete together.”
Tennessee’s fast-paced and explosive offense should provide a unique look for Georgia’s stout defense which ranks first nationally in scoring defense (6.6 ppg) and second the country in total defense (230.2 ypg).
Senior offensive lineman Jerome Carvin expects the battle on the line of scrimmage to play a huge factor in the game and said mental focus will be of the utmost importance on Saturday.
“This is a big game for the offensive line and being able to establish a run game and being able to avoid being one dimensional on the offense,” Carvin said. “We also need to be able to find a way to make the runs and create a clean pocket for our quarterback to make big plays.
“We have to play all five of us as one, this week especially. As a whole defense they are good, and we need to be locked in and focused for this game. We cannot have mental errors or mess ups. This is a big ball game for us.”