ATHENS — Georgia has an advantage to finish the longest power 5 streak in college football at 3:30 pm next Saturday, and the Bulldogs are expected to do so decisively.
Georgia won 14 points against Tennessee, with a record of 35-13 at the time, winning eight consecutive games. No. 1 in Alabama, Tuscaloosa last season.
Third place Bulldogs (2-0) fell 27-6 victories against Auburn (1-1) and fell 13th place from 7th in the AP Poll.
Vols (2-0) in 14th place defeated Missouri at Neyland Stadium last Saturday to a 35-12 win against the Tigers.
The relationship between Tennessee and Georgia has been well documented as being messed up with the recent Cade Mays relocation.
The former Bulldogs player hired a lawyer who criticized the culture of UGA players and coaches.
The SEC office recently approved a comprehensive exemption for all in-meeting transfers, regardless of the validity of the claim details.
In the process, the SEC league chairman decided to change the policy for only one game per season, taking into account the unique circumstances caused by COVID-19.
However, harsh claims and attacks on bulldog culture were not forgotten in the team locker room.
Also, Georgia coach Kirby Smart takes all of his rivals personally.
But where Tennessee is concerned, it is worth noting that Smart did not beat Vols or current UT AD (then coach) Phillip Fulmer as a player during his career at the Bulldogs.
As manager, Smart has had even more success against Tennessee and has won the last three meetings, dating back to a 34-31 defeat against Vols coach Butch Jones in 2016.
Jeremy Freud is a third year in Tennessee and serves as the defensive coordinator for the 2017 Alabama team, who beat Smart and Bulldogs in the national championship match.
Pruitt made a second job at Alabama from 2007 to 2012, working for the same Tide staff at Kirby Smart and Nick Saban.
Interestingly, Pruitt spent two seasons in Georgia under Mark Richt (2014-15) before Smart got the Bulldogs head coaching job in 2016.
Fruit also has something to prove.
His boss Fulmer made it clear that Tennessee coaches’ standards did not change when Freud was hired.
They are ultimately being evaluated for how they compete with rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and Pruitt drew against the trio during his first two seasons.
Tennessee also features former Georgia attack coordinator Jim Channey (2016-18) and former UGA offense line coach Will Friend (2011-14).
Notre Dame also has an eighth straight win and is playing for ACC this season. But Ireland’s march goes back to when he played as an FBS Independent last season.
SEC soccer game
Kentucky-3 At Home vs Mississippi
Georgia-14 Home vs. Tennessee
Alabama-23 and Ole Miss
Urban -18 Home vs. Arkansas
LSU -18 vs. at home. Missouri
Florida-7 at Texas A&M
South Carolina-12 at Vanderbilt