Tennessee Opens As Three Touchdown Underdogs Against Georgia

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    Tennessee opened as 21-point underdogs for its week 11 matchup with No. 1 Georgia, according to CircaSports.

    The over/under is 54.5.

    Georgia enters the matchup 9-0 (7-0 SEC). The Bulldogs are the nation’s No. 1 and have been dominant this season. The Bulldogs beat Clemson by seven points to open the season and haven’t won by less than 17 points.

    The 17-point win over Kentucky was slightly deceiving too. The Wildcats scored a touchdown on the last play of the game.

    Georgia is 6-3 against the spread this season and 4-3 against the spread in SEC play. The Bulldogs didn’t cover against SEC East foes South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri.

    Tennessee enters the matchup coming off its biggest win in Josh Heupel’s first season in Knoxville. The Vols earned its first road win over a top 20 team since 2006, beating No. 18 Georgia in a shootout.

    The Vols are 4-5 against the spread this season and 3-3 in SEC games.

    Hendon Hooker was fantastic in the 45-42 win, completing 15-of-20 passes for a career high 306 yards and four touchdowns. The transfer quarterback added 44 yards on the ground despite losing 22 yards on sacks.

    The Vols need him to be fantastic this weekend against Georgia if they want to have a chance against the nation’s best defense and team. The Bulldogs are giving up just 6.6 points per game.

    Tennessee and Georgia kick off from Neyland Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET. CBS will broadcast the game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.