Georgia Opens as Substantial Favorite Over the Vols

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    The Georgia Bulldogs are riding high off a surprising blowout victory over Mississippi State this weekend. The Bulldogs defeated the other Bulldogs of Starkville 31-3, and the win vaulted Georgia into the top 10 of both the AP and Coaches Poll. Georgia is now the No. 7 team in the country according to the AP Poll and the No. 8 team in the nation according to the Coaches Poll.

    And as of right now, they’re fairly substantial favorites to defeat the Vols when the two teams meet on Saturday.

    According to, Georgia opens up as a 7.5 point favorite against the Vols despite being the visiting team. Home teams are usually given a “free” three points by Vegas according to the consensus among betters and fans. So if that’s true, then Georgia is viewed as around 10 points better than Tennessee if the two were to play on a neutral site.

    Georgia comes into this game with a pristine 4-0 record after wins over Appalachian State, Notre Dame (on the road), Samford, and Mississippi State. The Vols are 3-1 and are coming off an ugly performance against UMass on Saturday.

    The last five match-ups between Georgia and Tennessee have been decided by 7 points or less dating back to 2012. Even the 2011 match-up was decided by just one score as Georgia prevailed 20-12 in Neyland Stadium. The series has been decided by an average of just 5.2 points over the last six meetings.

    Georgia hasn’t won in Neyland Stadium since 2013 when they escaped Knoxville with a 34-31 win in overtime. Tennessee is 14-11 against the Bulldogs since the SEC split into divisional play in 1992.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.