Editor’s note: Each week, the good folks at ESPN Stats and Information will help us take a look inside the numbers that matter before Georgia’s games. We’ll share some of their data here on the blog every Friday this fall.
TENNESSEE AT NO. 5 GEORGIA
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium/Athens, Ga.
• Job No. 1 for Georgia’s defense on Saturday is obviously finding ways to disrupt Tyler Bray and Tennessee’s passing game. The Bulldogs can start by limiting Bray’s effectiveness on throws of intermediate length and longer.
Tennessee’s quarterback has thrown eight touchdowns and one interception in 67 pass attempts of 10 yards per longer (an average of 16.8 attempts per game). The only game when Bray did not complete more than half of his 10-yard throws was in the Volunteers’ 37-20 loss to Florida.
• A key factor in Georgia’s 20-12 win last season in Knoxville was that the Bulldogs held Tennessee to minus-21 yards rushing.
• The last time the two teams met in Athens was 2010, when Georgia won by 27 points -- its largest home win against the Vols since beating Tennessee 44-0 in 1981.
• Georgia’s offense has excelled at generating big plays, with 35 plays of 20 or more yards this season. That ranks first in the FBS. And the run-pass breakdown is fairly even, with 21 of Georgia’s big plays coming off passes and 14 off runs.