Tennessee football’s goal of winning the SEC East is officially impossible after the Vols fell at Missouri and Georgia rolled Ole Miss on Saturday. But the Vols still have things worth playing for as they prepare to host No. 2 Georgia at Neyland Stadium this coming Saturday.
It’s a battle that sees two divisional rivals collide with winning streaks on the line. Tennessee enters the matchup with a 14-game home winning streak that dates back to Nov. 13, 2021 when Georgia knocked off Josh Heupel’s first Tennessee team at Neyland Stadium.
In that 14-game winning streak, Tennessee has rivalry wins over Florida and Alabama in addition to SEC wins over Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
The Vols’ home winning streak is impressive. But not nearly as impressive as the winning streak the Georgia Bulldogs bring to Neyland Stadium. The Bulldogs have won 27 straight games and are looking for their 28th straight victory on Saturday.
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The 27-game winning streak is the third longest in SEC history behind a pair of Alabama streaks. The Crimson Tide won 28 straight games under head coach Bear Bryant from 1978-1980 and under head coach Gene Stallings from 1991-93. Tennessee football ended the Stallings era winning streak during a 17-17 tie during the 1993 season.
Georgia’s been the best program in recent seasons under head coach Kirby Smart and has won the last two National Championships. The Bulldogs are looking for their third straight win and Tennessee is looking to save a disappointing season by playing spoiler to its SEC East rival.
The Bulldogs have won six-straight games over Tennessee dating back to the Vols’ Hail Mary victory in Athens during the 2016 season. In Josh Heupel’s two-seasons as head coach, Georgia has outscored Tennessee, 68-30.
Georgia is 10-point favorites over Tennessee according to ESPN Bet after opening as nine-point favorites on Sunday morning.
Kickoff between Tennessee and Georgia is at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jenny Dell are on the call for CBS.