No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Tennessee put title hopes on the line

No. 2 Tennessee (8-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 5-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).

Line: Georgia by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Georgia leads 26-23-2 with wins in the last five meetings.


The winner likely will claim rights to the No. 1 spots in the College Football Playoff rankings and Associated Press Top 25. Also at stake is command of the SEC East and a lead in the race for a spot in the conference championship game in Atlanta.


Tennessee’s up-tempo offense against Georgia’s stingy defense. The Volunteers lead the nation in scoring (49.4 ppg), total offense (553 ypg) and a 198.51 passing efficiency. They’ve scored at least 30 points in an SEC-best 11 straight games, a school record. Georgia ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (10.5 ppg). The Bulldogs are fourth in total defense (262.6 ypg) and fifth against the run (85.5 ypg).


Tennessee: QB Hendon Hooker. He’s vaulted up the ranks from Heisman Trophy contender to favorite, a status Hooker can cement with a strong performance against this defense. He set the school record last week with a TD pass in his 20th straight game. He leads the SEC with a 191.64 passing efficiency and has been intercepted only once this season in 219 pass attempts, snapping a streak of 261 straight passes that started last November when picked off by Georgia.

Georgia: TE Brock Bowers is the nation’s only player to have scored touchdowns with a run and a reception of at least 75 yards. Bowers has 31 catches for a team-leading 547 yards and three touchdowns. He has been named the SEC’s offensive player of the week twice.


This is the 25th regular-season game matching No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the AP Top 25. Of those matchups, it is the third straight involving SEC teams. The other two games featured LSU and Alabama in 2011 and 2019. … This is the first matchup of No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Sanford Stadium history. … Tennessee last beat a No. 1 team on Sept. 28, 1985, downing Bo Jackson and Auburn 38-20 in Knoxville. … The Volunteers’ No. 2 AP ranking is their highest since being No. 2 on Dec. 2, 2001. … Tennessee’s five wins over Top 25 teams lead the nation. … Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt has nine catches of 40 yards or longer, the most in the nation. That is more than 117 FBS teams, including 12 in the SEC. … Georgia has won 23 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak in school history. The Bulldogs won 28 straight from 1981-83. … The Bulldogs’ streak of 16 consecutive SEC regular-season wins also is the second-longest in school history, behind their 23 from 1980-83. … Georgia is 35-4 at Sanford Stadium since Kirby Smart took over as coach in 2016. … Georgia beat Tennessee 41-17 last season in Knoxville.


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