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Volunteers vs Bulldogs Game Preview

In a key SEC East divisional game the 4-0 Georgia Bulldogs host the 3-1 Tennessee Volunteers Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, CBS).

UGA, which has won the last two games in the series with the Vols, was an early 14-point favorite. They have played four straight OVERs so far in 2012.

View Tennessee vs Georgia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Bulldogs as 14-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was 59 Friday at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 48 and the Volunteers sitting at No. 64. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 63-46 result in favor of the Bulldogs this week.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Georgia's No. 9-ranked offense (47.5 PPG) against a Volunteers defense that ranks No. 62 at 24.2 PPG. The Bulldogs passing attack has averaged 287.5 yards per game, more than the Volunteers give up through the air (228 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Volunteers own the league's No. 38-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 119 yards per game when on the road. Georgia, on the other hand, rates No. 12 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Tennessee was a 47-26 winner in its last match at home against Akron. They failed to cover the 32-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 73 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Tennessee's aerial attack generated 401 yards and the Volunteers came away with a 47-26 victory over Akron at Neyland Stadium.

Georgia was a 48-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against Vanderbilt. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites, while the total score (51) made winners of OVER bettors. Todd Gurley went over the 100-yard mark (130) in his team's latest effort as Georgia defeated Vanderbilt by a score of 48-3 on Saturday.

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 2-8

Georgia Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 9-1

A few Volunteers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 8 games when playing on the road against Georgia
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tennessee's last 13 games on the road
Tennessee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Tennessee is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Georgia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games
Georgia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Georgia is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tennessee at Mississippi State, Saturday, October 13
Georgia at South Carolina, Saturday, October 6