FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #5 Georgia

Sept. 24, 2012

TENNESSEE (3-1) at #5 GEORGIA (4-0)
September 29, 2012   |   3:30 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium   |   Athens, Ga.
  • Saturday's game marks the 42nd all-time meeting between Tennessee and Georgia, with the Vols holding a 21-18-2 all-time edge in the series.

  • UT holds a 10-9-1 advantage in Athens in the series. Tennessee will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak both in the series overall and at Sanford Stadium.

  • Tennessee's last win in the series was a 45-19 win at Neyland Stadium in 2009, a 26-point victory that represented the Bulldogs' largest margin of defeat over the last four seasons. The Vols won three of four over Georgia from 2006-09.

  • The Vols won a series-best nine consecutive games over Georgia from 1989-99.

  • Six of the last seven meetings in the series have been decided by at least 12 points, with the exception being Georgia's 20-12 win in 2011 in Knoxville. Four of the last six meetings in the series have featured a margin of victory of 18 or more points.

Great Beginnings

  • The Vols' 3-1 record is the team's best start in their first four games since 2006, which was also the last year that Tennessee posted a winning record in August/September games
  • A win would give Tennessee its first 4-1 start since 2006 as well, when the Vols started 7-1.

Top-Flight Offense

  • Tennessee ranks second in the SEC and 17th nationally in total offense at 513.8 yards per game through four games (2,055 total yards). The only team ahead of the Vols is this week's opponent, Georgia which is averaging 530.0 yards per game.
  • The Vols lead the SEC and rank eighth nationally in passing offense at 341.25. UT is on pace to eclipse the school record for yards passing (3,981 in 1997).
  • The 2,055 yards of total offense marks the highest total through four games in Tennessee history.
  • The Vols have also scored 153 points, the fifth-highest total through four games in the last 100 years of Tennessee football.

A Tennessee Win Would...

  • Give Tennessee a 4-1 start for the first time since 2006 when the Vols started 7-1. A win would also snap a two-game losing streak against both Georgia overall and in Athens.
  • Mark the 798th victory in Tennessee history, two wins shy of becoming the eighth program all-time to reach 800 wins.
  • Give the Vols their first win over a Top 5 team since beating No. 4 LSU, 30-27 in Baton Rouge on Sept. 26, 2004.
  • Give the Vols their first win over a Top 10 team since beating 10th-ranked Georgia, 51-33 in Athens on Oct. 7, 2006, and their first win over a ranked team since beating No. 21 South Carolina, 31-13 on Oct. 31, 2009.

Game Notes





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